Lewis Hamilton is hunting a record-stretching seventh British Grand Prix win on Sunday at 3.10pm.
And he couldn’t have been in better form going into the race, coming off back-to-back wins in Austria’s Styrian Grand Prix and Hungary.
Hamilton’s Mercedes have been dominant this season, with teammate Valtteri Bottas winning the opener at the Red Bull Ring.
And as it stands, the Brit is just five points clear of Bottas, but 30 ahead of third-placed Red Bull ace Max Verstappen.
The Merc pair have also been alone on pole so far and Silverstone’s long and fast laps will suit their car, but team boss Toto Wolff is taking nothing for granted.
Wolff warns: “We’ve had a good start to the season. We resolved the issues that troubled us on the first weekend, won three out of three races and scored a good amount of points.
“But the first three races have also highlighted another crucial factor: the importance of reliability in this shortened season.
“We’re one of only two teams that have finished all races with both cars this year and we know how quickly a DNF [did not finish] can make a lead in the points disappear.”
Hamilton, though, will be doing none of the usual crowd-surfing after what may be the weirdest home race of his life.
The second triple-header of a pandemic-hit season will be in front of empty grandstands and behind closed doors at Silverstone, celebrating 70 years since the first world championship grand prix there in May 1950.
The circuit will host back-to-back races for the first time, the second as the anniversary race, but Hamilton’s army of flag-waving fans will have to cheer from afar.
And he says: “The British Grand Prix is the best grand prix, particularly because of the fans... so it’s going to be super-weird.”