Home comforts could prove to be pivotal in British Grand Prix

FIRM FAVOURITE: Ben Edwards believes the home crowd will inspire Lewis Hamilton to victory at Silverstone
FIRM FAVOURITE: Ben Edwards believes the home crowd will inspire Lewis Hamilton to victory at Silverstone

Ben Edwards believes home comforts will once again prove the decisive factor for Lewis Hamilton at Sunday’s British Grand Prix.

Edwards, who lives in Wortham, on the A143 near Bury St Edmunds, will again resume his role of the BBC’s lead television commentator as the lights prepare to go out on Britain’s leading spectacle on the motorsport calender.

And while the reigning World Champion has seen his lead at the top of the standings cut to just 10 points by nearest rival and Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in recent weeks, Edwards is confident he will repeat his success of last year where he recovered from a disastrous sixth qualifying spot to clinch a dramatic and vital victory on his way to the title.

“It is always great to be part of such a huge event and the whole weekend is a such a special occasion,” said Edwards.

“Lewis’ lead has been cut back recently but he will be the clear favourite this weekend.

“In many ways this is his circuit and I’m sure he will be inspired by the large support of the home crowd.

“It was great to see him win it last year because it was the furthest back someone had recovered and won from.

“I tipped Lewis to win the championship before it started and I still believe this will be his year again.”

But while this weekend could prove another memorable one for Hamilton, Edwards believes it could be an entirely different story of mixed fortunes for his fellow British drivers.

“You have got to feel for Jenson Button,” he added.“It is a particularly painful period for Jenson and McLaren and unfortunately I can’t see that changing this weekend.

“He has been such a great ambassador for the sport. A point would be a huge achievement but I think just to finish would be a bonus.

“In contrast, what an occasion it will be for Will Stevens at Manor Marussia.

“He has done an excellent job in his first year and what an opportunity to continue making a name for himself.”

n Watch the BBC’s full coverage of the British Grand Prix on Sunday from 2pm.

n Josh Webster, from Mickfield, near Stowmarket, and Bury’s Matt Parry, will be hoping to excel in the latest rounds of the Porsche Supercup and GP3 Series at Silverstone this weekend.

Webster finished second and third in the Porsche Carrera Cup at Croft last weekend to move him up to second in the standings, but he fell a further 10 points, now 41, behind leader Daniel Cammish, after his title rival’s double win.