It’s got one of the most knowledgeable, respectful F1 audiences
Sure, Hamilton, at home, on a winning streak in front of a British audience is only ever going to garner applause – and applaud him they did. Lap after lap, as the three-time champ blitzed around in the lead, he was treated to an ovation.
But, Silverstone respects proper tooth and nail racing. Take Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen’s toe-to-toe around lap 14. Vettel made the move, Verstappen defended. Vettel tried, Verstappen parried. As the Dutch youngster emerged victorious from the scrap, Silverstone went nuts, applauding the teenager’s courage and skill.
Vettel said: “Silverstone is a great track – I’ve been coming for many years. I have to say the crowd is very fair. I was racing against Jenson once, and I happened to win the race and got a lot of cheers, so it was nice the people appreciated we had a good race at the time. The track is great, the people are great…”