F1 British Grand Prix qualifying LIVE: Build-up, Verstappen quickest in FP1, Hamilton third


HAM IN A JAM

Lewis Hamilton is banking on 140,000 fans roaring him on in Sunday’s British GP to stop Max Verstappen’s romp to the F1 title.

Merc boss Toto Wolff told SunSport this week how Hamilton had been putting in the hours at the team’s HQ to help try and overturn the deficit – and the Brit hopes the fans can play their part in making up ground on the Red Bulls.

When quizzed by SunSport ahead of FP1 about his seven wins here and having home advantage, Hamilton said: “With all those elements I hope and pray that is the case.

“Another element is the sprint race, the new format. Of course, it is easy for any of us to get it wrong but there are also opportunities there, which is exciting.

“And the element with the fans. There is always an energy and a buzz that the fans bring and without doubt when it is your home grand prix, there is always more heat behind you.

“So I am hoping that all those factors come together and close that gap those guys had managed to grow out and enable us to really take it to them this weekend.”





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