Lewis Hamilton will be hoping a return to home soil can help get his bid for a record eighth world championship back on track at the British Grand Prix.
The Brit has failed to win any of the last five grands prix, during which time chief title rival Max Verstappen has won four of them to open up a 33-point lead at the top of the standings.
After qualifying second on the grid behind the Dutchman following the first ever spring race qualifying on Saturday, the Mercedes star will now be aiming to halt the Dutchman’s momentum with victory in front of his home fans.
Follow Sportsmail’s KIERAN LYNCH for live Formula One coverage of the British Grand Prix, including build-up, updates and result from the 3pm race.
A sight you love to see
After the last year it’s so good to see fans back at sporting events and there is believed to be around 140,000 fans in attendance for the British Grand Prix.
It looks a beautiful day in Northamptonshire and hopefully those are in attendance are treated to a great race.
Alpha Tauri waves to a jam-packed crowd at Silverstone
There is expected to be around 140,000 fans in attendance for the Grand Prix
Fans are already in their seats with lights out at 3pm
Red Bull mechanics deliver a message to key workers for all they've done during the coronavirus pandemic
An update from Sportsmail’s NATHAN SALT at Silverstone
Just bumped into Harrison Ford, aka Indiana Jones, heading towards the Williams garage. There’s a star-studded cast filling up the paddock around us media members.
Tom Cruise is over at Mercedes, Aston Martin have Reggie Yates running their Instagram page and ‘Body Coach’
Joe Wicks is being hosted by McLaren. A real who’s who for the celeb spotters today.
Sergio Perez on the backfoot after Sprint race
If there was anyone who did not benefit from the new format it was Red Bull’s Sergio Perez.
The Mexican lost places at the start from fifth and then span which sent him to the back of the pack.
He will now start from the pit-lane which is not what Red Bull need in the midst of a fierce battle with Mercedes for both championships.
Expect him to make a charge through the field though and he’ll be aiming for a strong points finish.
Perez starts from the pit-lane after his mistake on Saturday
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in attendance
The British Grand Prix always attracts sports stars and celebrities and one man who made quite the entrance was Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who arrived via helicopter.
Tom Cruise, Harrison Ford and Stormzy are among others who are expected to be in attendance
Big afternoon ahead for Lewis Hamilton
The 2021 season is proving to be Lewis Hamilton’s greatest challenge so far as a Mercedes driver from another team.
Red Bull have momentum on their side with five successive victories and Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes desperately need a win to help turn the tide around.
Only Sebastian Vettel in the past decade has come back from 33 points or more behind to win the title, when he was 44 points behind Fernando Alonso in 2012.
A win for Verstappen with a fastest lap could see Hamilton drift 41 points off the contender to his title throne.
Lewis Hamilton arriving in the paddock on Sunday morning
PRE-RACE READING: Five talking points from the inaugural sprint
Max Verstappen extended his championship lead to 33 points with his victory on Saturday afternoon.
The Sprint race proved to be a success with some exciting on-track action but there was plenty to talk about off the track as well.
On an historic weekend at the British Grand Prix, Sportsmail’s NATHAN SALT listed some of the main talking points.
Five talking points away from the track after Verstappen extends lead
SILVERSTONE DIARY BY NATHAN SALT: Verstappen beat Hamilton to pole after the inaugural 17-lap Sprint, with the Dutchman increasing his world championship lead to 33 points.
So firstly here is the grid for the British Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes will be disappointed to start second behind Red Bull’s Max Verstappen but they will be encouraged that the Dutchman’s team-mate Sergio Perez starts in the pitlane after his spin during the Sprint race.
Valtteri Bottas starts third ahead of Charles LeClerc’s Ferrari, with the McLarens of Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo on Row 3.
You might be wondering why George Russell starts 12th after finishing yesterday’s race in ninth. Well unfortunately he has taken a three-place penalty for making contact with Carlos Sainz on Lap 1 yesterday.
Here's how we head into Sunday…
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Time for the main event
Good afternoon and welcome to Sportsmail’s coverage of the British Grand Prix!
Yesterday was history in the making as Max Verstappen won the first ever Sprint Race but today is the main event.
The Dutchman’s win means he starts on pole position ahead of title rival Lewis Hamilton who will hope to copy the Red Bull driver from yesterday and take the lead going into Turn 1.
Follow me live for all the build-up, lap-by-lap action and race result, with the Grand Prix getting underway at 3pm.