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Lewis Hamilton slams F1 clashing with Cricket World Cup Final and Wimbledon

Lewis Hamilton slams F1 clashing with Cricket World Cup Final and Wimbledon

The British Grand Prix should ensure it does not clash with other major sporting events, Lewis Hamilton has said before this weekend's meeting.

But the race at the Northamptonshire circuit will begin at 2:10pm - just after the start of the men's singles final at Wimbledon and midway through the final at Lord's, where England may be attempting to win a first ever Cricket World Cup. "This is such a special event and it needs all the attention".

"(High temperatures in) Austria exposed the biggest vulnerability of our auto and it meant we couldn't challenge for the win at any point of the weekend", said team boss Toto Wolff.

This weekend's race was potentially the last one at Silverstone after the BRDC, which owns the track, activated the break clause in its contract two years ago, saying the cost of hosting the Grand Prix had become too much.

Good news! Silverstone will continue to host the British Grand Prix until at least 2024, after a new five-year deal was signed securing the circuit's future. "I really don't understand it", Hamilton told a news conference. "If I'm not, if I stop racing, then I won't be here in any other capacity".

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For Hamilton, who has four victories in five years here, his home race represents another chance to stamp his authority on his title challenge. "But if it happens this weekend it does, if it doesn't it's no biggie for me, as I'm going to try to be here for a little bit longer", said Hamilton. A lot of people will be switching between channels on Sunday, not sure what to watch.

"Its the first time that we've come off sale on general admission tickets in many, many years". It's a special weekend, there's excitement, adrenaline. "My whole family are coming here this weekend so it is that one weekend where it is the most special in a sense because you've got your family, your closest support, surrounding you".

Both Renault drivers were noticeably absent from the first half of the grid, with Daniel Ricciardo complaining of "crazy understeer" before his vehicle unexpectedly stopped at Maggotts during a race sim run following a suspected engine issue.

Behind the big three teams, Norris continued to impress, just a couple of days after McLaren confirmed that they had taken up their contractual option on the 19-year-old rookie for 2020.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel was fourth, ahead of the Red Bull of Pierre Gasly and McLaren's Lando Norris. The 19-year-old took third place from Hamilton through the opening corner of the last round in Austria and hoped the world champion would still be racing when he was in a auto able to challenge him.