The 2013 British GP preview: Everything you need to know about Sunday's race!
Looking ahead to the showpiece of the summer at Silverstone
By Sky Sports Online
Last Updated: 26/06/13 10:51am
After Sebastian Vettel's dominant display in Canada, Formula 1 heads back to Europe for the annual trip to Silverstone.
Mark Webber has won twice in the last three years at the Northamptonshire venue and will be hoping for his first victory of the season this weekend as he bids to escape from the shadow of team-mate Sebastian Vettel.
With McLaren off the pace, hopes of a first British win since 2008 seemingly rest with Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton - who incidentally was the last home victor - but questions marks remain over the Silver Arrows' ability to manage their rear compounds despite their participation in the now-infamous Pirelli tyre test.
THE 2013 BRITISH GP IN A NUTSHELL
Track: Silverstone Circuit. Permanent track.
Race start time: 1pm UK time Sunday.
Track length: 5.891km.
DRS Zones: Two - Wellington straight and Hanger straight, with separate detection points.
Lap record: Kimi Raikkonen - 1:34.661 (Lotus; 2012).
2012 pole: Fernando Alonso - 1:51.746 (Ferrari).
SKY SPORTS F1's SCHEDULE
Saturday 22nd June
8pm - GP Uncovered.
9pm - Classic F1 - Nigel Mansell.
Sunday 23rd June
8pm - GP Uncovered - The Lotus 49.
9pm - Classic F1 - Nigel Mansell - 1994 Australian GP.
Monday 24th June
8pm - Classic F1.
Tuesday 25th June
8pm - Classic F1.
Thursday 27th June
3pm - Drivers' Press Conference - Live!
6pm - Classic F1.
8pm - The F1 Show - Live!
Friday 28th June
9:45am - British GP Practice One - Live!
11:55am - GP2 Practice - Live!
1:45pm - British GP Practice Two - Live!
3:55pm - GP2 Qualifying - Live!
5pm - Team Principals' Press Conference.
6pm - The F1 Show - Live!
7pm - British GP Practice One replay.
9:10pm - The F1 Show.
10:10pm - British GP Practice Two replay.
Saturday 29th June
8:45am - GP3 Qualifying - Live!
9:45am - British GP Practice Three - Live!
12pm - British GP Qualifying - Live!
2:35pm - GP2 Feature Race - Live!
4:15pm - GP3 Race One - Live!
7:15pm - British GP Qualifying replay.
Sunday 30th June
8:20am - GP3 Race Two - Live!
9:30am - GP2 Sprint Race - Live!
11:30am - The 2013 British GP - Live!
Red Bull's pace in Canada could be ominous for the rest of the field given they have won three of the last four British Grand Prix. The World Champions are the team to beat this weekend, with Ferrari, victors in 2011, their most likely challengers.
2012 result: 1. Mark Webber (Red Bull); 2. Fernando Alonso (Ferrari); 3. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull); 4. Felipe Massa (Ferrari); 5. Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus); 6. Romain Grosjean (Lotus); 7. Michael Schumacher (Mercedes); 8. Lewis Hamilton (McLaren); 9. Bruno Senna (Williams); 10. Jenson Button (McLaren).
Last five winners: 2012: Mark Webber (Red Bull); 2011: Fernando Alonso (Ferrari); 2010: Mark Webber (Red Bull); 2009: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull); 2008: Lewis Hamilton (McLaren).
Pirelli will take the two hardest compounds in their range to Silverstone this weekend: the white-marked medium compound, which will serves as the option tyre, and the orange-marked hard compound, which will be the prime tyre. Thus, there will be no step between the compounds as there was in 2012. Pirelli say these choices "will be best suited to the high-energy demands of the track."
The main demands placed on the tyres this weekend will come from the high-speed corners such as Copse and Abbey, as well as the directional changes in the Maggots-Becketts complex. Unlike in Canada, Silverstone is regularly used, ensuring the track should not be as 'green' when the drivers head out on Friday morning. GP2 and GP3 are also on the support card, meaning they will help clean up the circuit and lay down more Pirelli rubber.