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British F1 Grand Prix 2015: Start Time, Drivers, TV Schedule and More

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistJuly 4, 2015

British Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton in the paddock after the second training session for the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone circuit, Silverstone, England, Friday, July 3, 2015. The British Formula One Grand Prix will be held at Sunday July 5. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
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One of the most eagerly awaited races of the season takes place on Sunday afternoon, as the British Grand Prix runs at the iconic Silverstone circuit in Northamptonshire, England. 

Home driver Lewis Hamilton leads his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg by just 10 points in the driver's championship, with the German's form ever improving. 

However, Ferrari promise to challenge F1's top two drivers, with Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen showing good pace in Friday's practice, both going faster than Hamilton. 

Read on to find out how you can watch all of the action in your region, including race time and TV information: 

Date: Sunday, July 5

Time: 1 p.m. BST/8 a.m. ET

TV Info: Live on Sky Sports F1 and BBC1 (UK only), NBCSN (U.S. only)

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British Grand Prix Driver Lineups
TeamDriver 1Driver 2
MercedesLewis HamiltonNico Rosberg
Red BullDaniel RicciardoDaniil Kvyat
FerrariSebastian VettelKimi Raikkonen
LotusPastor MaldonadoRomain Grosjean
McLarenFernando AlonsoJenson Button
Force IndiaNico HulkenbergSergio Perez
SauberMarcus EricssonFelipe Nasr
Toro RossoMax VerstappenCarlos Sainz Jr
WilliamsValtteri BottasFelipe Massa
MarussiaWill StevensRoberto Merhi
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Rosberg Determined to Repeat 2013 Win

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At one stage it seemed Lewis Hamilton might canter to back-to-back world championships this season—but Nico Rosberg has arrived at the party. 

The German just missed out on topping his British rival last year, and now he is looking to take Hamilton's home Grand Prix in front of his opponent's adoring public.

Rosberg has won three of the last four races immediately preceding the festivities at Silverstone, with Hamilton's form not as solid as usual.

However, the current champion has seven pole positions from the first eight races of the year—finishing on the podium without fail. 

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Rosberg has also appeared on the podium in every race, as Mercedes display their dominance over the field, but the German struggled to match Hamilton's early race pace. 

However, wins in Spain, Monaco and Austria have seen last year's runner-up hit form just at the right time, with the gap now inconsequential as the championship moves forward. 

And Rosberg proved to be in fine fettle during Friday's practice, going some half a second quicker than his illustrious team-mate. Indeed, Hamilton was clearly unhappy with his machine, saying over the radio, per Daniel Johnson of the Telegraph"The car is all over the place. I can't go any faster than I am now."

Hamilton now looks set to go back to basics with his car setup in an attempt to stay ahead of his team-mate, as highlighted by Sky's Ted Kravitz: 

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However, the presence and resurgence of Ferrari makes the British Grand Prix all the more interesting, with former world champions Vettel and Raikkonen biting to reclaim former glory. 

Both drivers bettered Hamilton's P2 pace, getting close to three-tenths of a second to the lightning-quick Rosberg, who went fastest on Friday.

But the German wasn't sure how close to contention the famous Italian constructor is to true contention, proclaiming he feels ready to take the win, per Formula1.com:

I don’t know. But from what I’ve heard they [Ferrari] have lots of new parts on the car—but we also have new parts. In the end I would say that our car was designed for a track like this. We are the strongest in high-speed corners.

I feel good right now. And I am really looking forward to the race. With how our car behaves it is always something special to race on such a track. It is for sure special to go to every race knowing that you can win - because I also know how it is if you know that you will not win. I had that for eight years. So coming to a track knowing that there is probably only one driver who stands in my way, that’s not a bad feeling.

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 03:  Kimi Raikkonen of Finland and Ferrari drives during practice for the Formula One Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone Circuit on July 3, 2015 in Northampton, England.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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Vettel and Raikkonen have a puncher's chance at Silverstone, and as the former proved in Malaysia—where he took the chequered flag— Ferrari have a taste for winning once again. 

Hamilton has looked out of sorts before races this year but has still managed to claim countless poles and strong race performances.

However, Rosberg is in the ascendancy at present, and he will know from last year's performance he needs to get ahead of his Silver Arrows partner—and stay ahead. 

At this point of the championship, 10 points are nothing, and Rosberg could find himself as the title favourite if he blows Hamilton away in Northamptonshire.