Britain´s Lewis Hamilton will look for a sixth British Grand Prix victory at Silverstone on Sunday in the knowledge that the race has been secured with a new deal taking it through to 2024.
Sunday´s race was due to be the last after Silverstone ended its contract because it was too expensive.
But after two years of negotiations, Silverstone and F1 bosses signed a new contract this week.
F1 chairman Chase Carey described the race at Silverstone as “an integral part” of the future of the sport.
It´s the70th British GP race this Sunday, with Hamilton being pipped to first place by Ferrari´s Sebastian Vettel last year.
Victory for the Brit would make him the most successful British GP winner of all time, overtaking legends like Alain Prost and Jim Clark.
And while Ferrari have the most victories at a British GP – 17 to Mercedes’ six – few would bet against Mercedes and Hamilton getting the job done this year after a return of six wins in nine races so far.
Ferrari will of course having something to say about that, especially after the pace they showed at this race a year ago, not to mention Austria two weeks ago, while Red Bull’s Max Verstappen -winner at the Red Bull Ring last time out-cannot be discounted.
World champion Hamilton is 31 points clear of team-mate Bottas in the standings, with third-placed Verstappen a massive 71 points behind the Brit.