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It’s full speed ahead at Silverstone!



Sunday, from midday, Sky Sports F1® (CH 518) and Sky Sports F1® HD (CH 508) + Channel 4 (CH 104) and Channel 4 HD (CH 141)

Lewis Hamilton is one of the sporting world’s most competitive animals. With an insatiable appetite for winning, it’s not a stretch to imagine the Brit racing his reflection to be first to the shower each morning. Rivalries with Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa punctuated the start of his career, while his childhood friendship with Nico Rosberg soured (but drove both the Mercedes teammates to Drivers’ Championships).

His latest spat is with superstar Sebastian Vettel – and you can bet your bottom dollar that Hamilton is loving every minute of it. There were signs before last month’s race in Azerbaijan that Hamilton and the Ferrari driver’s battle for the title could spill over into outright hostility, but their clash in Baku confirmed that the rest of what’s already been a gripping season will be mighty colourful.


The first of those 11 races comes this weekend at Silverstone, live on Sky Sports and Channel 4 on Virgin TV. This historic track has become something of a second home for Hamilton. He’s won there four times – including the last three years – while Vettel has only taken the chequered flag on one occasion, in 2009 – the year Jenson Button was the eventual champion.

And while Hamilton will only have eyes for the top of the podium on Sunday, he’ll also be aware of the wider implications a victory would bring. His four victories place him second on the all-time list of British Grand Prix winners, one triumph behind F1 greats Jim Clark and Alain Prost. Pulling up alongside those two legends would appeal to Hamilton’s ego and keen sense of racing history. After all, he’s a massive fanboy at heart.


Excited? You should be. Hamilton and Vettel are expected to produce an unmissable race that could well go down as one of the most fascinating encounters of the season… and you’ll be able to watch every gripping twist and turn on Virgin TV!

The schedule on Sky Sports F1®

Practice 1, 8.45am, Friday, Sky Sports F1®/HD (CH 518/508)
Practice 2, 12.45pm, Friday, Sky Sports F1®/HD (CH 518/508)
Practice 3, 9.45am, Saturday, Sky Sports F1®/HD (CH 518/508)
Qualifying 1, from midday, Saturday, Sky Sports F1®/HD (CH 518/508)
Qualifying 2, 1.22pm, Saturday, Sky Sports F1
®/HD (CH 518/508)
Qualifying 3, 1.45pm, Saturday, Sky Sports F1
®/HD (CH 518/508)
Track Parade, midday, Sunday, Sky Sports F1®/HD (CH 518/508)
Race, 1pm, Sunday, Sky Sports F1®/HD (CH 518/508)

The schedule on Channel 4

Practice 1, 8.55am, Friday, Channel 4/HD (CH 104/141)
Practice 2, 12.55pm, Friday, Channel 4/HD (CH 104/141)
Practice 3, 9.55am, Saturday, Channel 4/HD (CH 104/141)
Qualifying 1, 2 and 3, from 11.55am, Saturday, Channel 4/HD (CH 104/141)
Race, from midday, Sunday, Channel 4/HD (CH 104/141)

Watch on the go

Virgin TV customers who subscribe to Sky Sports can watch the race on the Sky Sports app, anywhere in the UK with a WiFi or data connection. Not only will you be able to take your Sky packages with you, but you get in-depth sports coverage, as well as exclusive videos and interviews. And, also on iPad, you can access extra features, including Sky Sports’ cutting-edge second-screen functions.

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