Webber hoping ‘home’ advantage will pay off

Mark Webber
Mark Webber

Mark Webber believes his ‘home advantage’ will help him this weekend, but at least three other drivers are thinking the same thing.

Webber, an Aussie driver who lives in Aston Clinton, won the British Grand Prix in 2010 and qualified on pole last year.

Ahead of this weekend’s Silverstone race, the Red Bull driver said: “I’m really looking forward to the British Grand Prix and racing in front of a sell-out crowd that’s passionate about F1.

“Many of them will be there to cheer on the Brits, so there’s some irony in the fact that Silverstone is actually the local track for both the Aussie F1 drivers on the grid as Daniel Ricciardo and I are based in Buckinghamshire.”

McLaren driver Jenson Button, who is looking for his first ever win at Silverstone, said: “I always enjoy racing at home because the atmosphere is unbeatable, and while the race itself hasn’t always been too kind to me, I come here every year knowing I can count on the support of the many thousands of fans.”

Button’s team mate Lewis Hamilton said the race ‘is special because I get a massive boost from all the fans’.

“To me, winning at Silverstone is right up there with winning at Monaco. Standing on the top step of the podium in 2008 was among the sweetest moments of my career.”

Britain’s Paul di Resta, who drives for the Silverstone-based Force India team, said ‘it’s the track that makes you really appreciate what a Formula One car is capable of’ and expects lots of overtaking this year.

The British GP is the oldest race on the F1 schedule and the Silverstone Circuit has been considered the fastest on the F1 schedule since the mid-80s, due to its high-speed corners.