Don't forget the young British drivers this weekend

Jolyon Palmer champagne

All eyes will be on Lewis Hamilton at the British Grand Prix, but there are some top young drivers to cheer in the support series, too.

For most fans, there is just one storyline this British Grand Prix weekend: can Lewis Hamilton best his German team-mate Nico Rosberg and begin to pull back the 29 point deficit at the top of the championship. The grandstands at Silverstone will rightly be awash with Union Jacks and Mercedes logos, all cheering on Stevenage's favourite son in his title fight.

However, there are two more British drivers who need home support in their own title battles: GP2 racer Jolyon Palmer and GP3 ace Alex Lynn, both of whom lead their respective championships.

Jolyon Palmer

Palmer has come on leaps and bounds this season, his fourth in F1's main feeder series. The 23-year-old Englishman had always been a consistent, if unspectacular, competitor, but a move to the DAMS team has revitalised him. With DAMS running two of the last three GP2 championship-winning drivers (Romain Grosjean in 2011 and Davide Valsecchi in 2012), Palmer has picked up the mantle and is on a strong run of form at the front.

Success in GP2 is no longer a guarantee that an F1 team will take you on, with most finding no room at the F1 inn and heading to sportscars instead. A strong show of support from the home fans could not only spur Palmer on to victory, but also show the F1 teams that he'd be a popular choice in a grand prix car.

In GP3, series debutant Alex Lynn is already in pole position for an F1 drive. A part of the Red Bull Junior Team, he is the leading candidate to follow Daniil Kvyat's lead and jump straight from GP3 champ to Toro Rosso driver.

However, the first step to emulating Kvyat's success would be winning GP3 this year. Lynn also shares some traits with Red Bull's main man Sebastian Vettel, namely the way that he will set fastest laps when he's already got the win sewn up, just to prove he could have gone faster if pushed. 

Alex Lynn

With Red Bull being the marketing machine that they are, a strong showing from the grandstands would only increase his value to the team.

All too often at F1 weekends, the stands are empty when the next generation stars are out on track. If you're going along to Silverstone this weekend do stick around and watch the young guns, or if you're not able to make it keep the telly tuned in for the extra few hours. It's a great show of support for the next generation of drivers, and you might well be able to say “I saw him back when...” about a future F1 superstar.

 

Photos by Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series/GP3 Series Media Service