Championship still wide open
THE British Grand Prix can be the turning point of a season.
It was the race where, two years ago, Fernando Alonso declared he would win the World Championship for Ferrari, despite finishing out of the points.
And he almost did, a bad decision on strategy by Ferrari meaning Sebastian Vettel sneaked through to win his first World Championship for Red Bull.
Two years before that, Lewis Hamilton destroyed the opposition at a wet Silverstone, finishing more than a minute ahead of his nearest rival.
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It was a wake-up call for anyone who doubted his supreme talent, and an important victory on his route to the 2008 World Championship.
It once again has the potential to set the championship on a different path.
And, quite ominously for all the other teams and drivers, that path could lead to Sebastian Vettel.
He was dominant at the last race in Valencia - the kind of performance we were used to seeing from him in 2011.
An overheating alternator prevented what seemed a likely victory there, but his speed relative to the rest of the field put down a marker that Red Bull and Vettel are back.
If Vettel can be similarly dominant at Silverstone, it could turn the season around.
What up until now has been the most open season ever, could quickly be closed down by the super-fast German and his revitalised team.
Of course, Brits and McLaren team-mates Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton will be doing everything possible to stop that happening on their home turf.
And 125,000 fans at Silverstone and millions watching on TV at home will be hoping they succeed.