British Grand Prix: Hamilton unhappy with big events clash

Jose Verdugo
Julio 12, 2019

Two years ago, the BRDC exercised a break clause in its Bernie Ecclestone-negotiated contract that could have meant this weekend's race was the last at Silverstone.

But the race at the Northamptonshire circuit will begin at 2:10pm - just after the start of the men's singles final at Wimbledon and midway through the final at Lord's, where England may be attempting to win a first ever Cricket World Cup.

"What I don't understand is why the organisers put the race on the same day as all these other big events, like Wimbledon", Hamilton said.

"I think Max has been doing a great job and is really, really exciting to watch".

"We all try to do the country proud and I am just going to try to do my bit". Red Bull were a bit off but now they have a new engine I expect them to be better.

"It's definitely not going to be an easy weekend", he acknowledged.

Hamilton leads the championship by 31 points from Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas after winning six of the nine races this season.

His Mercedes team were well beaten by Max Verstappen's Red Bull at the last round in Austria where their auto struggled in the high temperatures.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner raised eyebrows when he said he would "absolutely back" Verstappen were the Dutchman to race Hamilton in the same machinery, something the Briton was unwilling to discuss.

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"We're a little unusual in that we don't think it's right for the British Government to use taxpayer's money to directly subsidise Formula One", he said. The 19-year-old took third place from Hamilton through the opening corner of the last round in Austria and hoped the world champion would still be racing when he was in a auto able to challenge him. "I think the last race was really fantastic and it will be really interesting to see how they go moving forwards".

"Last weekend was a bit hard for us".

If nothing else, F1 fans in the United Kingdom who don't have (or want) Sky's pay-per-view coverage will at least be able to watch events at Silverstone live courtesy of the fact that the British Grand Prix is one of a number of "protected" sports events which must be available on free-to-air.

Asked if he still envisaged being in F1 at the end of that contract, Hamilton said: "2024 feels like a long way away".

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There will be no shortage of support for him at the circuit itself, which is expected to be sold out, with a crowd of more than 140,000.

'There's excitement and adrenaline.

"This weekend it will be closer". If I'm not, if I stop racing, then I won't be here in any other capacity'.

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