On of the eve of the British Grand Prix, we take a look at the performances of the English drivers so far this season.
LEWIS HAMILTON (Mercedes)
Results in 2019: 2-1-1-2-1-1-1-1-5
Head-to-head in 2019: Hamilton 6, Bottas 3
The five-time world champion has started the season in scintillating fashion, sealing victories in six of the first nine races as he goes in search of a sixth world championship that would move him within one of Michael Schumacher’s record haul.
The 34-year-old holds a commanding 31-point lead over Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas, with the Silver Arrow dominating the new campaign with eight victories.
The Briton has out-qualified Bottas six to three and, aside from fifth place in Austria, has looked a class apart this season.
It’s hard to pick the stand out performance of the year – any of his six could be – but the French Grand Prix in itself was a masterclass of driving. Fastest during qualifying, Hamilton dominated the race from start to finish, managing his tyres and pace to perfection around Circuit Paul Ricard.
Gearing up for his favourite race of the year in Silverstone, Hamilton has set his sights on a record sixth British GP title. And based on his recent form, it’s hard to see anybody stopping him.
LANDO NORRIS (McLaren)
Results in 2019: 12-6-Ret-8-Ret-11-Ret-9-6
Head-to-head in 2019: Norris 3, Sainz 6
McLaren showed their confidence in Norris by announcing a three-year extension to his contract on the eve of the British Grand Prix.
The 19-year-old, in his rookie season, sits eighth in the drivers’ standings after clinching points in four of the nine races.
Norris has out-qualified his team-mate Sainz six to three so far this season and has shown maturity and supreme race-craft in an improving car.
The Bristol man has been composed after two retirements in Spain and Canada due to mechanical issues, and has not been fazed either when going to wheel to wheel with seasoned campaigners Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton in Austria.
His starring displays were two sixth-place finishes in Bahrain and Austria. The Bahrain result, in particular, catches the eye as Norris had a slow start but showed real determination to forge his way back to sixth, thanks in part to a late Renault double retirement.
Another step in the right direction as Norris and McLaren continue to cement their best of the rest status ahead of Haas and Racing Point.
GEORGE RUSSELL (Williams)
Results in 2019: 16-15-16-15-17-15-16-19-18
Head-to-head in 2019: Russell 9, Kubica 0
The Englishman may be sitting at the foot of the championship in 19th place, one place above team-mate Robert Kubica, but that doesn’t reflect his overall talents as a driver.
Racing in a woefully uncompetitive Williams car, Russell has left Kubica firmly in his shade this season, with a perfect 9-0 record in qualifying and races.
Although the Norfolk man has exited at Q1 each event, it is more to do with Williams’ shocking pace rather than his own driving abilities.
So poor is the Williams that the 21-year-old’s sole objective is to beat Kubica – a goal he has met with serious ease so far.
If Russell can continue his flawless record over the Pole, then there is a high chance of securing a seat at a more competitive outfit next season. A move that would really bring out his tenacity and finesse.
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