Series leader Sebastian Vettel leads Formula One to Silverstone

Sebastian Vettel's march toward a fourth consecutive world title resumes this weekend at one of Formula One's most celebrated tracks, Silverstone in Great Britain.

Vettel heads to the British Grand Prix fresh from winning in Canada two weeks ago, which gave the Red Bull Racing driver a series-high three victories in the season's first seven races.

The German driver, who turns 26 on July 3, also again sits atop the Formula One championship standings.

Vettel has a 36-point lead over second-place Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, a two-time winner so far this year, and a 44-point lead over Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen, who won the season opener in Australia.

The 3.66-mile Silverstone circuit is hosting the 64th running of the British Grand Prix. Great Britain and Italy are the only two countries that have hosted a Formula One race every year since the championship began in 1950.

"Apart from the unpredictable English weather, the British Grand Prix at Silverstone is a highlight of the season and one of my favorite tracks," Vettel told Formula One's website.

"Only Suzuka [in Japan] can be compared to Silverstone -- no other track on the calendar has such a sequence of super-fast corners like Silverstone does," Vettel said.

Yet Vettel has only one victory at Silverstone, in 2009, and he failed to win there in each of his last three championship seasons.


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