Formula 1 British Grand Prix: Potential Winners As Russell, Hamilton, and Norris Reach New Milestone

Formula 1 British Grand Prix: Potential Winners As Russell, Hamilton, and Norris Reach New Milestone

Ero Samson
updated at July 6, 2024 at 5:50 PM
  • Formula 1 heads to the Silverstone circuit for round 12 of the 2024 season with another edition of the British Grand Prix on the horizon
  • The trio of George Russell, Lewis Hamilton and Lando Norris ensured their names were etched into history with their qualifying times
  • Sports Brief now shifts the spotlight to the potential winner of the Silverstone race as Mercedes AMG looks to claim another race victory

What a qualifying session it was! The British Grand Prix once again lived up to expectations with a highly challenging qualification round ahead of Sunday's race.

The qualification at Silverstone, which began under wet conditions, saw drivers take to the track on intermediate tyres.

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Lewis Hamilton, George Russell and Lando Norris in parc feme during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone Circuit on July 6, 2024. Image: Vince Mignot.
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Unfortunately, several drivers ended up beached in the gravel, including Sergio Perez, who had to retire after getting stuck.

However, after navigating the early rain threats, it was all to fight for, with increased track evolution a concern for many teams.

While the usual suspect, Max Verstappen, could only manage to put his car on the second row with a fourth-place finish after picking up floor damage, as reported by, it was the three British drivers who eventually stole the spotlight.

Lando Norris qualified third, behind the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton, and George Russell.

This marked the first time since the South African Grand Prix in 1968, and the first time ever at Silverstone, that three British drivers secured the top three spots in a Formula 1 Grand Prix qualifying session.

The thrilling and competitive qualifying session raises the question of who the favourites are to win the Grand Prix. In light of this, Sports Brief highlights the potential winners of the 2024 Silverstone race.

Potential winner of the British Grand Prix

Max Verstappen

The Dutch driver might have only managed a fourth-place finish in qualifying, largely due to damage suffered to his car after a gravel incident in Q1. However, it would be unwise to discount the possibility of Verstappen clinching victory come race Sunday.

Verstappen has demonstrated in the past that the race pace of the Red Bull car appears unmatched, making a win feasible from any grid position. He has won races from far less favourable starting positions, so winning from the second row would certainly be within his capabilities.

Lando Norris

The McLaren driver has continued to shine since the upgrades were installed on the MCL38 car at the Japanese Grand Prix.

The British driver secured his first race win at the Miami Grand Prix and has been on the hunt for a second ever since.

Norris will undoubtedly fancy his chances of claiming victory at his home race, especially with only the two Mercedes cars ahead of him when the lights go out at the start of the Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton

The Mercedes driver achieved his first pole position of the season and his first since the Chinese Grand Prix Sprint at the British Grand Prix.

Hamilton is still in search of his first victory since the 2021 Saudi Arabia Grand Prix, and the 39-year-old might have no better chance of claiming victory than tomorrow in front of the Silverstone crowd.

George Russell

The British driver is another contender with a real shot at victory at Silverstone.

Russell begins the Grand Prix from pole position and aims to convert this advantage into a race win.

Although Russell missed out on victory the last time he qualified on pole in Canada, the former Williams Racing driver hopes for better fortune come race Sunday.

2024 British Grand Prix preview and prediction

Sports Brief in another report compiled a comprehensive preview and prediction for the British GP.

The race at the historic Silverstone comes on the heels of an electrifying Austrian Grand Prix race.

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Samson Ero is a sports journalist with a track record of over five years in the Nigerian media industry. He graduated from Nigerian Institute of Journalism (2021-2023).
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