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Track Layout (from the FIA)

Another Alonso - Schumacher duel ?

For the last 4 races Fernando Alonso and Michael Schumacher fought for the win. Monaco was different but we know what happened there.
Expect the duel to resume at Silverstone. Renault are expected to be very strong there and by looking at the recent test results, Ferrari are expected to be very strong too.

The other top runners, well the results from Monaco can't be used as a guide for Silverstone and so neither McLaren nor Williams will be as strong as we've seen them in Monaco and Honda will most likely be stronger that what they showed at Monaco.

Fernando Alonso wins in Monaco

The Silverstone circuit (layout) is a high speed circuit with a number of high speed corners. The lap however ends with a series of low speed corners. The teams setup the cars with emphasis on the high speed sections. 
There are a number of overtaking opportunities at Silverstone and expect to see a lot of overtaking as teams adopt different strategies.
Tyre wear is expected to be high due to the number of high speed corners.

The weather is always unpredictable at Silverstone. Current forecasts show a dry weekend but even if we do have a dry weekend, the strong winds affect and could disturb the cars.

Most of the teams conducted testing at Barcelona last week and Ferrari we strong setting a new lap record at the track for a V8 engine. Renault were also fast.

Teams and Drivers to watch:

Renault are the favourites going into this race. It is a track that shares some characteristics with Barcelona and they won there. Alonso will be strong and is on a roll. He scored his 13th consecutive podium at Monaco. Fisichella should also be strong here. If he has a perfect weekend then a podium finish is likely.

Ferrari are certainly improving quickly and on certain track on par with Renault. The tyre advantage continues to swing between Michelin and Bridgestone and if Bridgestone have the edge they could win.
Michael Schumacher would want to erase the events of Monaco and close the gap to Alonso. He could win this race. Massa could be a surprise here if he doesn't make those mistakes.

McLaren were strong in Monaco but that won't mean much here. They were way behind in Spain and the improvement they've made since then would help but not by much. Montoya won here last year but he'll be lucky if he finishes on the podium. Same can be said for Raikkonen.

Honda will be stronger than what they showed in Monaco but don't expect miracles. Button was off the pace in Monaco and that wasn't a good sign. Barrichello on the other hand had a good race given the car and if he out-races Button here, it could be a turning point.

BMW Sauber were expected to be strong in Monaco but weren't. Heidfeld finished in the points thanks to the high attrition. Points will be difficult for Heidfeld and Villeneuve here.

Williams had a real chance for a podium finish but car failure prevented Webber from that. They'll struggle at Silverstone and a point or two would be the best they can hope for (unless there is drama in front!).

Toyota's new car didn't impress at Monaco. Trulli was on his way to a podium finish but his car failed him. Given the new car, they could do well but that is unlikely given the management changes at the team. Like Williams, they'll be happy with a few points.

Red Bull surprised many with a podium finish. Sure it was mainly due to the high attrition rate but the car was strong and sadly only 1 car finished. They'll struggle on this track and points will be very difficult!

Toro Rosso and MF1 Racing will be fighting at the back. Points almost impossible!

Super Aguri will find it hard to stay with Toro Rosso and MF1 Racing.

Engine Status
1st Race Engine 2nd Race Engine
Giancarlo Fisichella
Juan Pablo Montoya
Rubens Barrichello
Jenson Button
Jacques Villeneuve
David Coulthard
Christian Klien
Fernando Alonso
Michael Schumacher
Felipe Massa
Ralf Schumacher
Nick Heidfeld
Scott Speed
Vitantonio Liuzzi
Christijan Albers
Tiago Monteiro
Franck Montagny

Kimi Raikkonen  (can opt for a new engine)
Jarno Trulli  (can opt for a new engine)
Mark Webber  (can opt for a new engine)
Nico Rosberg  (can opt for a new engine)
Takuma Sato  (can opt for a new engine)

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