Lewis Hamilton Speaks Out About His Absence at London Formula One Parade

F1- Formula One- British Grand Prix 2017- Silverstone Britain

F1- Formula One- British Grand Prix 2017- Silverstone Britain

Lewis Hamilton can earn a place in F1 folklore this weekend by becoming the third man to win the British Grand Prix five times. "We have no problem racing in the rain, if anything I think it might make the racing better".

Vettel, who was narrowly beaten to victory in Austria by Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas, will be keen to end that run and add a second win to his sole Silverstone triumph in 2009.

"But our biggest thanks goes to Londoners, those who turned up, those who followed events via social media and those who showed great patience if delayed on their way home".

It was left to Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo to take the sting out of the exchange. It was a huge success, with all 10 teams brought together outside of a racetrack for the first time in the sport's 67-year history.

Hamilton didn't apologise for missing the event, but was calm and collected as he insisted he did not regret his decision. The day was a great success for London and F1 and we could not have done this without the help of all the London authorities, the Mayor's office, Westminster City Council, the Metropolitan Police and the other emergency services. Believe the bookies and that accolade is far more likely to be Hamilton's come the chequered flag, though it's worth noting that Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen is also just one away from the magic number six at Silverstone. "I didn't do donuts - just controlled slides", said a sheepish Ricciardo.

Triple champion Hamilton, who bounced over kerbs and grass in the afternoon, was 0.078 behind in the morning and 0.047 off Bottas's pace on a cloudy, gusty day when the Briton was on slower tyres than the Finn.

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But all the other 19 - including world championship rival Sebastian Vettel - showed up, clearly recognising the importance of engaging with fans and promoting the sport.

"This is a very intense season, I'm trying to prepare the best way I can for the battle ahead of me".

Don't' be confused by the hype that surrounded F1 London Live; enjoy it, yes, but remember it was a marketing event created to get more people to attend races and buy merchandise for the health of the sport.

"I don't want to think about it too much, because we are not even halfway through the year, and it doesn't help anything to really start thinking about it". But in the second stint, Valtteri started to get blisters on his tyres, and those of you on Twitter would have seen the picture I posted of Valtteri's auto underneath the podium with a band of blistering around the rear-left.

Power enters this weekend in fourth place in the IndyCar Series driver standings, 53 points behind leader Scott Dixon, who won the pole in Toronto previous year.

"Lewis feels that he is in such a tough championship fight that he needed the days off after Austria", Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff explained to the crowd at the F1 Live event in Trafalgar Square. If it makes him faster, he should do that. In that case, unintentionally, Vettel's biggest ally could be the Finn in the silver auto, not the red one.

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