Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton has expressed his hope that the Silverstone Circuit will remain part of the sport’s calendar.
The build up to the British Grand Prix this coming weekend is likely to centre around the future of Silverstone, with 2019 the final year of the current contract between the Northamptonshire venue and F1 owners Liberty Media.
It is widely expected a deal will be made despite tough talk between the two parties. Reports on Monday even suggest that an agreement is already in place and will be announced this week.
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However, while that isn't confirmed, Hamilton insists he will fight for Silverstone’s future in F1.
“[It’s] the ultimate race circuit. This is a Grand Prix we can never lose. Formula 1 loses this and it loses so much of its essence," he told Sky Sports.
“It feels to me ‘not while I’m racing’. Not while I’m here, I’ll fight for it.
"This has the biggest crowd of the whole year, this has the biggest attendance of the season and there’s no way I would allow that to happen. We have to fight for it.”
Hamilton has won his home race five times, including four in a row between 2014-2017 and stated he still gets the same buzz from racing at Silverstone.
“It has become the most anticipated event of the year for me and the one I enjoy the most,” the Mercedes driver said.
“The fans are really what make the weekend and the atmosphere what it is.”