It has been a sensational 2017 F1 World Championship so far, with Mercedes AMG Petronas driver Lewis Hamilton currently leading but battling against Scuderia Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel to stay on top. This year, Hamilton has topped the podium in China, Spain, Canada and Britain, to name a few. We sent one lucky fan to Silverstone on a formula one adventure as part of our Top Of The Podium campaign to watch Hamilton’s win in the British Grand Prix. As the F1 season continues on, we caught up with competition winner David Price and got his thoughts on it so far.

Road to victory

Price, who considers himself to be a car enthusiast and whose dream car is a Bugatti Veyron, has followed F1 on and off since childhood. He told us: “when time allows, I’ve always followed F1. I loved to watch Prost, Senna and not to forget a favourite, Nigel Mansell.” So, he was pretty pleased when he won tickets to the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in our competition. He said: “I have been before but tickets are pricey, so to win this competition and get to go to Silverstone for free was a dream.”

Lewis’s lead 

Following the British Grand Prix, Price predicted that Lewis Hamilton would win the World Championship. Indeed, things look to be going the British driver’s way so far, as he’s currently sitting at the top of the table. His lead was strengthened further following the Singapore Grand Prix, where he finished in first place. Vettel looked to be a strong contender to snatch the Championship from Hamilton but his chances took a hit when he collided with teammate Kimi Raikkonen and Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen to crash out on a track where Ferrari was expected to perform well. Will Vettel and Ferrari be able to close the points gap between themselves, Hamilton and Mercedes AMG Petronas in the coming races?

Scenes at Silverstone

The season will be very pleasing to Price so far. His favourite driver is Lewis Hamilton and he avidly follows Hamilton’s Mercedes AMG Petronas team. Watching his preferred racer cross the line in first place when he went to see the British Grand Prix, Price described the event as a “fantastic result for all of the obvious reasons”. He also enjoyed “every second” of the racing weekend as a whole, saying “great weekend all around, even the weather for a change!” As well as racing, Silverstone hosts live music and entertainment across Grand Prix weekends. Price complimented Silverstone for its “great family atmosphere” and explained how “all the other fans you meet are like-minded and friendly”.

Turning to 2018

Looking ahead to next year’s races, Price said it’s “great to see both France and Germany on the 2018 calendar”. The French Grand Prix will be on the calendar for the first time since 2008, with Circuit Paul Ricard hosting the race for the first time since 1990. The German Grand Prix will be returning after a one-year absence to Hockenheimring. One track that won’t be returning to the calendar for future seasons is the Malaysian Grand Prix, a circuit that will be sorely missed, after giving us classics such as the chaotic wet race from 2001 where Michael Schumacher won.

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