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Jake Humphrey | 13:01 UK time, Thursday, 8 July 2010

I hope you're all getting excited about the British Grand Prix. I'm writing this short blog entry at the Mercedes GP HQ, just down the road from Silverstone in Brackley.

I'm waiting for Michael Schumacher, who is going to drive the eight miles to the circuit with me so I can get his thoughts on returning to Silverstone, find out how he sees his season so far, and ask what he can achieve in the remaining 10 races.

You will be able to see the (potentially quite quick) journey on our pre-qualifying show on Saturday, and there is plenty of other stuff to make this weekend even more special than usual.

Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Eddie Jordan and Jake in a pub quiz team
Lewis takes the pub quiz music round to heart

I'll be flying into the circuit in Martin Brundle's helicopter; we've got a not-to-be-missed pub quiz with Lewis, Jenson and some other famous faces, and DC driving a friend around the new-look Silverstone track.

I really look forward to meeting lots of you over the course of the weekend. I love the buzz of British GP weekend and, with the season so finely poised, it's set to be as exciting as ever.

One of the things I'm most looking forward to sharing with you all is the little race we filmed last week. We took what has been described as "the greatest F1 car of all time" and raced it against the most recent British Grand Prix winner.

The Alfa 158 won every race in 1950, taking Nino Farina to the first ever World Championship. Remarkably it then carried Juan Manuel Fangio to glory the following season, when the car was a remarkable 13 years old. In modern F1 the cars are barely 13 weeks old!

You can catch the video on Sunday but in the meantime, have a look at these photos from the event.

And while I'm on the subject, at the end of the month, Stirling Moss is hoping to make his racing return after his recent accident. The Silverstone Classic will see cars from the 1920s to the '90s going wheel-to-wheel and the racing if often great to watch.

Enjoy the weekend and enjoy the coverage - starting at 1210 BST on Saturday and Sunday on BBC One. See you then!


  • Comment number 1.

    Such a shame it's not at Donington this year. The poison poured by Damon Hill and the media (including the BBC) has resulted in our home race not moving to a much more exciting circuit but instead remaining at dreary Silverstone for the forseeable future.

    I hope they are happy, because British F1 fans are the ones losing out.

  • Comment number 2.

    i am so excited for the race
    nice blog as usual, love to have me own helicopter

  • Comment number 3.

    Really good Blog, there seems to be so much happeing in the race build up, shame i am going to miss it. Will it all be up on the website later? how was the hyde park festival? i was there

  • Comment number 4.

    Lookin forward to this weekend Jake! Hope your are too. Are you staying at Whittlebury Hall? As I'll be popping in there in the mornings to try and see the drivers.

    Dont forget to see if the BBC team will show Woodcote A on Sat and Sun if thats possible and hopefully get to meet you and plenty more over the weekend!

  • Comment number 5.

    FishFingers -

    Have you ever been to Donington?

  • Comment number 6.

    FishFingers -

    You do realise donny isnt actually suitable for F1?

  • Comment number 7.

    fishfingers you are the only person that doesn't like silverstone

  • Comment number 8.


    Myself and the 160,000 other fans will enjoy the motor racing in the sun this weekend.

    I hope you stay away from the drearyness.

    Great blog Jake.

  • Comment number 9.

    Lewis the rockstar!

  • Comment number 10.


  • Comment number 11.

    I know some of you would prefer to have Donnington park as the new British circuit but surly it would make more sense to have the world famous Silverstone circuit and Donnington park as there would be the super fast Silverstone to test the teams and drivers on the speed and Donnington park as a new circuit that will test a number of different factors.

    I personally am in favour of keeping Silverstone especially with the planned changes for next year including a completely new sector 1 and pit straight, and as the deal has been made to host the F1 at Silverstone for (correct me if I'm wrong) 2015.

    Lewis will be the winner this weekend especially if the upgrades Mclaren have with them work, but even if they don't he's a racer not a driver he will make them work where the others would struggle and fail.

  • Comment number 12.

    Hi Jake, nice blog! Really excited to be heading to Silverstone in the morning in time for Friday first practice. Will be cheering on Jenson, but happy for either of the McLaren's to win this weekend after last year's Red Bull 1/2 lockout! Very pleased and relieved that I'll be driving to Silverstone rather than Donnington as I had feared this time last year. FishFingers, you must have just posted your comment for a reaction, right?!

  • Comment number 13.

    good blog jake keep it for the season of seasons setting off shortly for silverstone camper packed bit of sun cream for a change il be at maggots for first practice cant wait !!!! think Mc`s could 1-2 vettle and webber aredefo in with a shout fancy williams could supprise a few with big plus set jake watch it allllll back when i get home on monday stayin for worl cup {come on spain) have GREAT weekend all have fun

  • Comment number 14.

    @Fishfingers, I think you are the only person in Britain that thinks that! To say I am pleased about the fact Donnington fell through is perhaps a little harsh on them, but Silverstone is the only place for the British Grand Prix. We shall remain to see how this new track layout performs.

  • Comment number 15.

    Hi all
    Looking forward to a stunning day tomorrow. Friends and I shall be arriving by helicopter and spending the day at the Copse Hospitality suite then flying home at the end. What a great day out!!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 16.

    Watched the practice sessions and love the new track and that bump should make it interesting.

    Hope to hear the Bruno Senna story explained....

  • Comment number 17.

    looking forward to the race who will be on pole? 1 of the brits or my be a german!!! who will win? my moneys on a red bull just hope they dont take up flying lessons again.

  • Comment number 18.

    Hi Jake, who's that black haired woman lurking ominously in the background of all interviews with the Maclaren drivers like some overbearing big sister, never saying 'owt but always in shot? Have a word will yer, it makes for uncomfortable viewing. That's not what widescreen was mean't for I'm sure :-)

  • Comment number 19.

    Disgusted viewer, with all the money BBC spend on their website you would think they could get the time right. I went to the red button at 1055am, as advertised on the website, only to see the last 5 minutes of practice 3. What a shambles!!!

  • Comment number 20.

    Hi Gang, With all the changes to racing tracks, would it be possible to have an 'overlay' to place over a map of the old circuit so that the changes can be seen and related to the various cornwers etc.?
    The latest example of what I am talking about is the changes to Silverstone. I cannot picture the 'new' Abbey corner. I look forward to seeing it on Sunday for the British G.P.
    Cheers Guys

  • Comment number 21.

    I hope the McLaren boys are and will be in top of game for this weekend...because the way I see...RedBull is flying in Silverstone...must better performace in both cars...lets see on sunday...I will try to be there in Silverstone

  • Comment number 22.

    Hi Jake great video of Michael Schumacher with you driving to Silverstone I think over the years we are seeing a different Shumi still arrogant but a little more fun!He must be getting cheesed off with the same questions about finishing below Nico and whether he expected to win a Grand prix this year well he did set the bar rather high didn't he.If I remember his first year for Ferrari was a learning curve and he seems to me to be more patient than the media in getting it right on the night!Nigell Mansell was all about Silverstone getting pole on Saturday foot to the metal on Sunday and waving the flag from the podium.Putting up with traffic congestion sunburn and wind Nigell did us proud.Lewis and Jenson are different characters if a win on Sunday dosen.t come their way hey ho as Lawrenson would say still a long way to go.Can Sebastian Vettel do the double I think if he does he could become the darling at Silverstone what surely not another German reaching into our sports psyche I hear you shout but are we not now warming a little more to Michael Shumi Schumacher.

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  • Comment number 24.

    I enjoy watching the grand prix and appreciate the excellent coverage of each race also the qualifying.
    It's also nice to see Murray Walker still looks as young and fit as ever.
    In my younger days I used to listen to his father Graham Walker commentating on the I.O.M. TT races, it felt as if you were there.
    I did a bit of motorcycle racing in the 1950's, including the Southern 100 in the I.O.M.
    One thing that does annoy me is seeing Union Jack flags being flown upside down. In case anybody doesn't know, the broad part of the white diagonal cross should be uppermost on the flagpole.
    Let's keep it right, especially in our own country.
    Keep up the good work,

  • Comment number 25.

    Can anybody tell me what music piece was used in the video shown on BBC on Saturday celebrating 60 years of Silverstone which featured the Alfa Romeo 158 vs the Red Bull??

  • Comment number 26.

    well done Lewis and Jenson!
    Can someone please get E J a personal
    dresser for the next race his clothes are making
    my eyes hurt!!

  • Comment number 27.

    Hi jake take a look at a slow mo at seb at the start, tyre was or really looked like it was starting to come of rim before he touched lewis, did a slow mo at home and tyre i think was allready punctured before he touched lewis, look close and slow cheers wayne my first tweet.

  • Comment number 28.

    Hi just watched the British Gran Prix. I was a bit disappointed to hear the name mentioned through out the race was Vettel. Mark Webber won, Lewis Hamilton came 2nd and Nikki Rosberge came 3rd, Button jumep 10 places yet the name I heard mentioned all the way through was Vettel. He was doing anything special until the safety car came out. I think there was other worthwhile drivers who weren't mentioned.


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