Five talking points for the British Grand Prix


Formula One is back where it all began this weekend with the British Grand Prix taking place at Silverstone. Here are five stories to keep an eye on over the next few days.

The future of Formula One

New rules for next season will see F1 adopt standing restarts after safety car periods and sparking skid plates. With these changes coming hot on the heels of DRS and double-points, some feel the sport is losing its way.

And to make matters worse, Bernie Ecclestone is now threatening to drop the hallowed Monza circuit from the calendar and says he wants to see three-car teams. Is he serious, or could this be another diversion tactic from Mr E.?

Meanwhile, the greater ills of the sport - namely the financial difficulties teams face in simply staying on the grid - continue to go unsolved. But Ben Halls has borrowed an idea from Major League Baseball that he thinks could be the answer.

Red Bull look to recover at second home race

After a nightmare home race in Austria, Red Bull get a second chance to impress in familiar surroundings this weekend. Funded by Austrian billionaire Dietrich Mateschitz, the team is based in Milton Keynes, making Silverstone a very short commute to work.

They should be closer to the front at the Northamptonshire venue, with the RB10's high-speed grip making up for the deficiencies of its Renault engine. They'd need a Mercedes slip-up to win, but a podium is well within reach. And perhaps a strong result would silence suggestions that Sebastian Vettel needs to quit the team to regain his past success...

Susie's set for FP1 debut

Susie Wolff will take part in FP1 for Williams this weekend, making the 31-year-old the first woman to take part in a grand prix weekend since Giovanna Amati in 1992. Some have criticised Wolff's lack of credentials, particularly her unimpressive spell in the DTM, but there is also something to be said for advancing female drivers' cause by simply having a woman on-track during an official session.

Brits making waves in F1 feeder series

It’s not just Lewis Hamilton who’ll be gunning for victory on home soil this weekend. Both the GP2 and GP3 standings are topped by British racers, and they'll need the home crowd to get behind them as they chase an F1 future.

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Can Kimi stop the rot? 

2014 isn't working out for Kimi Raikkonen. The Ferrari is off the pace and he has become increasingly vocal about the team's problems - very unusual for the laconic Finn. What's more, there's been no titanic scrap with Fernando Alonso, who has made a much better job of dealing with the under-performing Ferrari. Jacques Villeneuve heaped on the misery last week by suggesting Kimi might want to think about "going home" - is the 1997 world champion right?