After the chaos that yellow baguettes and sharp showers brought in Austria there are several drivers who need a good race this Sunday at Silverstone.
Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso
Things have not been good for Kvyat since leaving Red Bull, and last weekend in Spielberg was no better. He fell victim of the dreaded yellow baguettes in qualifying and had a big wreck. He only lasted 2 laps in the race before a mechanical failure forced him into retirement. For Kvyat it was his third retirement in the last four races, only one of which was his fault. While some of the criticism and negativity around Kvyat since his podium in China is deserved there is a large amount that isn’t. Unsurprisingly Red Bull’s conveyor belt of driver talent is still running. Pierre Gasly has picked up three podiums in GP2 this season and the next man up. Should Kvyat’s nightmare season continue he could find himself dropped by a second team this season.
Jolyon Palmer, Renault
Palmer’s first British Grand Prix should be a time for reflection and fun, unfortunately the Renault driver has had a tough time of things in his first year. He has been consistently out-qualified by his team-mate Kevin Magnussen and while finishing places in the high teens have been good on paper, the majority of them are simply through staying on the track while others fall off. With Manor getting on the scoreboard in Austria and Magnussen picked up a 7th place in Russia it’s time for Palmer to stop complaining about the car underneath him and start moving up the standings.
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari
Sebastian Vettel hasn’t given up hope of the drivers championship yet. At least, he hadn’t after Baku – but a tyre blow-out in Austria forced Vettel into retirement and dropped him further behind the Mercedes drivers in the standings. Vettel has been in position to win several races this season but strategic errors from Ferrari have cost him dearly. With 3 races in the next 4 weeks Vettel needs a strong finish in Silverstone to get himself back into the title picture.
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull
Ricciardo is 5-0 in qualifying against his young team-mate Max Verstappen, but on sunday’s it hasn’t been such a clear margin of victory for the Australian. He struggled to maintain strong pace around both Baku and Austria, sliding down the timesheets as Verstappen rose up. His lead in the standings is just 16 over the young dutchman. Slashed from the 25 it was prior to Max joining the senior team in Spain. Ricciardo has claimed a 3rd in Silverstone before so a strong result on sunday is certainly possible.
Fernando Alonso, McLaren
Alsonso has failed to reach the chequered flag in the last two races. Meanwhile his team-mate Jenson Button had a weekend that brought back memories of 2009 as he qualified 3rd and finished 6th. It was McLaren’s best weekend for a long time but for Alonso it all went wrong. He is the guy most likely to lead the team in 2017, and he needs to reestablish himself as the man in the team