Published: Sat, July 13, 2019
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Hamilton won't stay in F1 after he stops racing

Hamilton won't stay in F1 after he stops racing

Lewis Hamilton has criticised the decision to hold the British Grand Prix on the same day as the Cricket World Cup and men's Wimbledon finals.

The British Grand Prix is staying at Silverstone for another five years at least. I think people will be switching between channels on Sunday not sure what to watch.

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

"I come here to raise the flag and do the country proud", Hamilton said.

On an overcast and changeable morning at Silverstone, with a light sprinkling of rain during the latter part of the session, the French driver set a fastest lap of one minute 27.173 seconds, 0.456 quicker than Mercedes's Valtteri Bottas. "It's such a privilege to be here".

"We have always said that, if it is to have a long-term future, our sport must preserve its historic venues and Silverstone and Great Britain represent the cradle of this sport, its starting point back in 1950", F1 chairman Chase Carey said of the deal.


"I've been really privileged to come here and have some spectacular races", he added. It's a special weekend, there's excitement, adrenaline.

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.

In front of his home fans, Hamilton looked well placed to beat Bottas before having to abort a lap. "It is definitely not going to be an easy weekend". The race will also be shown live on Channel 4 - the only one of 21 grands prix this season to be screened on free-to-air television.

Hamilton has five wins at the race, all scored at Silverstone, matching the tallies of Jim Clark and Alain Prost. Organisers struck a new deal this week to continue the race on the central England circuit through 2024. "Who knows if I will still be here then?" said the 34-year-old Hamilton, who is under contractat Mercedes until 2020.

Pushed on what those agreements are, Grant added: "We are not going to get into any of our commercial arrangements, but we think there is room two races to coexist side by side as long as they have sufficient separation in time and as long as our commercial interests are recognised in some reasonably flexible way".

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