Ahhhhhh... the joys of back-2-back races... it's great being spoilt So we come to Silverstone, one of the old school circuits that has sadly been much remodeled like alot of the 'Great' circuits have been in the name of progress... errrr I mean safety, yet still retains the character and history of it's RAF and Racing heritage. Before the layout was substantially changed back in 1991, Nigel Mansell gained the outright lap record in the 641 Ferrari in 1990, a moment when the powers that be decided F1 cars had become too quick for the layout... which of course is nonsense and the butchering began. Silverstone was one of the fastest tracks around, maybe 3rd only to Monza and Hockenheim (but a better drivers circuit than both, and ALWAYS offered a better race than either of them). Last years race was one of the most eventful of the year, the gusty weather on Saturday upsetting the qualifying order, Schumachers forceful defensive move on Alonso down Hanger Straight on the first lap and the race being interrupted by some Irish nut, waving his flags, whilst running (against the traffic) on the 190mph Hanger Straight, plenty of overtaking with Montoya fighting from mid field and Schumacher coming up from the back of pack after losing time whilst queueing behind Barrichello in the pits during the SC Period. Barrichello's outstanding overtaking and of course much deserved victory. As for the race this year, even though Ferrari do little testing at this circuit, I'm expecting them to be very strong here. BAR, Williams and McLaren should also be bang up there, Renault could be deceptively strong though, although they lack the outright power of the big 4, with their superior slow speed traction, they could be in contention just from a competitive last complex section alone, so it's difficult to discount them. Qualifying should be very, very competitive... especially with the Michelins one-lap advantage, and the usual British Summer weather can always throw a spanner in the works. So then... my Quali predictions... 1. Schu 2. Barrichello 3. Coulthard 4. Raikkonen 5. Montoya 6. Button Race prediction 1. Schu 2. Barrichello 3. Raikkonen 4. Montoya 5. Coulthard 6. Button Thoughts??