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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG, 3rd position, gives a thumbs up in Parc Ferme
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The 10-year Silverstone record Hamilton is seeking to defend in 2024

Lewis Hamilton comes into this year’s British Grand Prix with the biggest gap between drinks of the Formula 1 winners’ fizzy stuff out of the three home heroes, following Lando Norris’s Miami maiden triumph and George Russell’s Austrian surprise success. But, with a Mercedes car and development on the up, he has fresh optimism and a decade-long record to defend at Silverstone

It’s hard to describe Lewis Hamilton’s start to 2024, although ‘inauspicious’ might cover it best. With a highest finish of sixth after the first eight races of the season it was, in some quarters, termed as the highly decorated Briton’s worst start to a Formula 1 season. One that even surpassed the nadir of 2009’s opening rounds.

But the tide is turning, as Mercedes has started to get on terms with the demands of its W15 package. A decision to dispense with the previous philosophy exhibited by the W13 and W14 was lauded, given the team’s dramatic downturn in fortunes, but there were still very clear weaknesses in the new car that had to be addressed, particularly with mid-corner balance and stability.

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