Get ready for Round 10 of the 2019 season with our official race preview – think of it as your McLaren encyclopaedia for each race weekend.
Hear from McLaren drivers Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris, get insight from Team Principal Andreas Seidl, and learn more about the wider team with our Spotlight series.
|When||12 - 14 July|
|Start time||14:10 local, 15:10 CEST|
Carlos Sainz #55
“McLaren’s home race next! I'm really looking forward to this weekend. The British GP is a really special race on the F1 calendar and one of my favourite tracks. It’s a very quick and enjoyable circuit that creates good opportunities for close racing. My aim for this weekend is to keep pushing on track and working closely with the team to maximise every opportunity we get.
"The gap to the other drivers and teams is very narrow and now it’s up to us to maintain it. I'll be driving in the McLaren colours here for the first time and, as always, I will give my all to get the best result possible and put on a good show for all of the fans in the grandstands and at home."
Lando Norris #4
“Going to my first home race as an F1 driver means quite a lot to me. I’ve done a lot of racing there before in the junior formulae but having a home race in Formula 1 is totally different. I can’t wait to see all the fans dressed in papaya, experience the atmosphere and enjoy the weekend.
"The track itself is fast, fun and good for overtaking, and I enjoyed my weekend there in F2 last year, especially when I overtook two cars going through Turns 16 and 17. Hopefully we’ll be able to do something similar this weekend. The most important objective from the weekend is that we keep up the good work and keep pushing as hard as we can for those points.”
Andreas Seidl, Team Principal
“A home race is always a special occasion and this weekend is no different – I’m looking forward to experiencing my first with McLaren. We come into Silverstone after a run of positive performances but knowing that there are areas where we can improve. We want to keep getting better and better at each race and that requires a lot of work from the team both trackside and back at the factory. As always, we are focussed and motivated to work towards that goal.
“I know that there will be plenty of the guys and girls from the factory in the grandstands this weekend, and it’s great they will get the opportunity to see the result of their hard work out on track. This team also has the support of a dedicated fan base and I’m looking forward to seeing many of them in the McLaren grandstand over the weekend. We’re all excited to get the weekend started.”
|Race distance||306.198km/190.271 miles|
|Distance to Turn One||420m/0.261 miles|
|Corners||18 (10 right, eight left)|
|Tyre choice||Hard C1, Medium C2, Soft C3|
Spotlight: Owen Davies (@f1mclarenfan)
The spotlight is rarely shone on the team outside of the garage – but the contribution is no more and no less important. While a rapid pit-stop, bold overtaking move or decisive strategy call earn the plaudits, successes are just as dependent on engineering an upgrade in record time, manufacturing high-quality components, and carrying out stringent analysis and simulation. Every part of the operation needs to work in harmony to see progress on a race weekend. This is the ultimate team sport.
We are a team together. And these are some of our employee, partner, and fan stories.
How long have you been a McLaren fan?
I started watching F1 in the mid-eighties, I was a massive Senna fan and I was lucky enough to see him drive a McLaren at the first Grand Prix I attended. I properly became a McLaren fan in the late nineties, I think it helped that a fellow Scot (David Coulthard) started racing for the team during that time!
What is your earliest McLaren memory?
I can recall doing lots of drawings of Senna’s MP4/4 on my jotters at school! I loved the iconic look of that car with its simple red and white livery. I think I still have some drawings in my attic!
You create wonderful fan art of the team. What inspires you to create your pieces?
Thanks. My fan art is just an expression of my passion for McLaren. I find inspiration in the look of the car and how that can look in motion. An F1 car is such a dynamic and impressive thing to look at, it never fails to impress me!
What makes the British Grand Prix so special?
There is certainly a party atmosphere at the circuit among the fans which is great. The track itself has some extremely fast direction changes and it’s a great place to see an F1 car really put through it’s paces. It’s also relatively flat which means that the views from the grandstands are spectacular and afford you great views across large sections of the track.
What are you doing when the lights go out?
Sadly I won’t be attending the race this year in person. So Sky Sports will be on and I will be watching from the comfort of my sofa. It won’t stop me being extremely nervous at the start - it happens every time!
How does it feel to be part of a community of tight-knit McLaren fans?
It feels awesome. The team has made us fans really feel part of McLaren. They have spoiled us with some very special moments over the years; meeting the drivers, seeing the Brand Centre, visiting the factory - these are great privileges that I will always be thankful for. I have also met fellow McLaren fans who I’m now honoured to call my friends, and we’ve travelled the globe together to support our team. It’s very special to me.
Do you have any messages for the team?
I hope Carlos, Lando and the team know that that the fan’s support is always behind them, at all times, good or not so good, and especially here at home. I hope that helps in some small way and I wish McLaren every bit of luck for Silverstone. Go get them guys!
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