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  • F1 title rivals Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel have checked in at Silverstone
  • They were amongst a number of teams getting a look at the track on Thursday
  • Hamilton is looking to close the gap in the driver’s standings at the British GP 

Tom Bassam For Mailonline

Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and the rest of the big names of Formula One have arrived at Silverstone for the British Grand Prix.

Hamilton and Vettel are set to resume their battle for the world championship over the weekend and arrived at the track on Thursday to begin their preparations.

A number teams, including Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull, inspected the Silverstone track on Thursday morning as mechanics and technical staff were busy setting up for the racing.

Lewis Hamilton arrives at Silverstone during Paddock Day ahead of the British Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton arrives at Silverstone during Paddock Day ahead of the British Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton arrives at Silverstone during Paddock Day ahead of the British Grand Prix

Hamilton talks with Mercedes race engineer Peter Bonnington in the Silverstone paddock

Hamilton talks with Mercedes race engineer Peter Bonnington in the Silverstone paddock

Hamilton talks with Mercedes race engineer Peter Bonnington in the Silverstone paddock

Sebastian Vettel checks out the Silverstone circuit alongside his Ferrari technical team 

Sebastian Vettel checks out the Silverstone circuit alongside his Ferrari technical team 

Sebastian Vettel checks out the Silverstone circuit alongside his Ferrari technical team 

Vettel leads the driver's championship going into the British Grand Prix on Sunday

Vettel leads the driver's championship going into the British Grand Prix on Sunday

Vettel leads the driver’s championship going into the British Grand Prix on Sunday

BRITISH GP WINS 

5 – Jim Clark: 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967

5- Alain Prost:  1983, 1985, 1989, 1990, 1993

4 – Nigel Mansell: 1986, 1987, 1991, 1992

4 – Lewis Hamilton: 2008, 2014, 2015, 2016

After controversially skipping the race’s launch event in London, Hamilton heads to Silverstone looking to delight the home crowd and close the gap at the top of the driver’s standings.

Hamilton focus at Silverstone will be on Vettel. The Ferrari driver leads their title race by 20 points with 11 races to go.

Finishes of fifth in Baku — where Vettel deliberately drove into his rival — and fourth in Spielberg, mean the momentum is firmly with the four-time world champion. But Vettel has won only once in nine visits to Silverstone.

Valtteri Bottas was also at Silverstone on Thursday as he looks for a second GP win in a row

Valtteri Bottas was also at Silverstone on Thursday as he looks for a second GP win in a row

Valtteri Bottas was also at Silverstone on Thursday as he looks for a second GP win in a row

One of the Red Bull cars is brought onto the Silverstone paddock by team mechanics

One of the Red Bull cars is brought onto the Silverstone paddock by team mechanics

One of the Red Bull cars is brought onto the Silverstone paddock by team mechanics

Williams' Felipe Massa appears relaxed as he plays footballl with son, Felipinho, at Silverstone

Williams' Felipe Massa appears relaxed as he plays footballl with son, Felipinho, at Silverstone

Williams’ Felipe Massa appears relaxed as he plays footballl with son, Felipinho, at Silverstone

The McLaren-Honda team and their driver Stoffel Vandoorne take a walk of the track

The McLaren-Honda team and their driver Stoffel Vandoorne take a walk of the track

The McLaren-Honda team and their driver Stoffel Vandoorne take a walk of the track

‘When all these other drivers come to the British Grand Prix, they expect it to be our weekend,’ said Hamilton. 

‘But they want to beat you on your own turf. If you cross the line first, you know the guys behind hear that roar.

‘So of course you absorb more strength and power from the crowd’s energy. You really give it everything because you want to deliver for them.’

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