Formula 1 hits Silverstone for the 50th time, and the British Grand Prix could be a key moment as we approach the halfway point of the season.
Mercedes have dominated the season, but they appear more vulnerable than they were in the early races of the campaign.
Joining us is Bob Margolis, who covers NASCAR in the U.S. for Bleacher Report. He'll be pitting his wits against our F1 team, and you can as well.
Here are our best guesses:
Mark Patterson: The turning point of Nico Rosberg's season was in Monaco, and for Lewis Hamilton, his must come here. Backing him to lock out the weekend has me torn—on the one hand he has the skill, the car and the adoration of his home crowd to pull it off. On the other, it would not be a surprise to see a mistake or a moment of misfortune undermine it all in a race where I'm expecting plenty of retirements.
Oliver Harden: Expect Mercedes to dominate once again, with Lewis Hamilton finally getting his act together in Q3. The way this season has played out so far, though, you get the feeling Rosberg might cause an upset on race day in front of the Silverstone crowd, leaving the Silver Arrows hierarchy to deal with another round of fisticuffs between their drivers.
Matthew Walthert: Hamilton will grab pole, delighting the home crowd, but Silverstone has not been kind to British drivers lately. Rosberg will come out on top in the race again, extending his lead in the championship and opening the door for a fresh round of armchair psychoanalysis regarding the relationship of the Mercedes drivers.
Neil James: Lewis Hamilton badly needs to get a win at his home race, and the title fight needs a bit of extra spice. He should have won last year and will in 2014. Williams won't be as strong around the fast Silverstone circuit as they were in Austria, leaving the two Red Bulls to fight it out for the final podium place.
Bob Margolis: There will be no stopping Lewis Hamilton at his home race. The Mercedes man will be nearly perfect, reminding fans why he is still the team's No. 1 driver. The Williams excitement will end, as this weekend, it will be Red Bull that makes the challenge to the Mercedes domination.
|Columnist||Mark Patterson||Oliver Harden||Matthew Walthert||Neil James||Bob Margolis|
|Pole Position||Lewis Hamilton||Lewis Hamilton||Lewis Hamilton||Lewis Hamilton||Lewis Hamilton|
|Race Winner||Lewis Hamilton||Nico Rosberg||Nico Rosberg||Nico Rosberg||Lewis Hamilton|
|Fastest Lap||Lewis Hamilton||Lewis Hamilton||Nico Rosberg||Lewis Hamilton||Lewis Hamilton|
|Number of Finishers||15||15||16||17||19|
Here's how we did in Austria, and what the results of the race did to our scores so far this season:
|Columnist||Mark Patterson||Oliver Harden||Matthew Walthert||Neil James||Bob Margolis||RESULT|
|Pole Position||Nico Rosberg||Nico Rosberg||Lewis Hamilton||Lewis Hamilton||Lewis Hamilton||Felipe Massa|
|Race Winner||Lewis Hamilton||Lewis Hamilton||Lewis Hamilton||Lewis Hamilton||Lewis Hamilton||Nico Rosberg|
|Fastest Lap||Sebastian Vettel||Lewis Hamilton||Valtteri Bottas||Kimi Raikkonen||Nico Rosberg||Sergio Perez|
|Number of Finishers||16||16||16||18||18||19|
|Points This Season||17||20||19||20||-||-|
How the Scores Are Calculated
The right answer earns you one point, except in the case of total finishers, where you can be two cars either side. However, if you predict the exact correct number of finishers, you pick up two points.
Feel free to play along in the comments to see how you fare against our predictions.
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