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Button and Hamilton hope to be all smiles at Silverstone

McLaren duo Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button have vowed to do all they can to win the British Grand Prix next weekend.

The British pair have both won a race apiece this season – the only races where Sebastian Vettel has finished off the top step of the podium.

“I know what we are up against, but nothing is impossible,”Hamiltonsaid,

“What we really want is a one-two – think what that would do for British sport and the fans.

“It would feel massively special to us. Hopefully one day there will be a younger version of me at Silverstone looking up at a photo of myself and Jenson on the podium,” the 2008 world champion said.

Hamiltonfinished fourth inValenciaand trails Vettel by 89 points in the standings.

Team-mate Button lies second in the championship but he is still 77 points adrift of the German ace.

But the Somerset-born driver is optimistic that McLaren can create a race-winning package for his home Grand Prix.

“You always want to do well in front of your home crowd,” he said. “Last year was just a sea of rocket red [McLaren] caps everywhere, and it was quite emotional.

“It was great to see the support, and you always want to put on a good show for your own fans. Hopefully this year I can get a podium finish.”

Button has never finished on the podium in 11 attempts at Silverstone and despite finishing a lowly sixth last time out, he is confident he can challenge Red Bull’s dominance.

The 2009 champion said: “We’re still going to be trying. We have a fantastic team and if we keep pushing hard, we can slowly, slowly pull Vettel back.

“The only people to beat him this season are Lewis and myself. We are the challengers.”

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Maldonado has struggled this year with a poor car

Williams’ technical staff reshuffle has continued with the appointments of Jason Sommerville and Mark Gillan.

Sommerville will join the team as Head of Aerodynamics in August and Gillan will become the Chief Operations Engineer from October.

The Grove-based team have undergone major behind-the-scenes changes in recent months after the team made their worst start to a season in their 33 year history.

Sommerville moves to Williams after spending a brief stint with Renault. He worked for the team between 1997 and 1999 before heading up Toyota’s aerodynamic department until the team bowed out of the sport two years ago.

Gillan has taken up a variety of roles with McLaren, Jaguar, Red Bull andToyotabefore switching to Williams.

Mike Coughlan joined as Chief Designer earlier this month as the team began to prepare for the future. Both Sommerville and Gillan will fill the void left by Sam Michael and Jon Tomlinson who will leave the outfit at the end of the season.

Williams have not won a championship since 1997 or a race for nearly seven years.

Alguersuari takes to the streets of Hong Kong

Hong Kong is the latest high-profile venue looking to host a Formula 1 race after a successful test demonstration by Toro Rosso in the city`s streets.

 
The city’s motorsport president, Wesley Wan, was left stunned when a crowd of 43,000 lined the streets to watch Jaime Algueruari in the demonstration event on Saturday and it has sparked real interest in joining the F1 race calendar.

“This was the first step in gaining the support of the people,” Wan told the South China Morning Post.

“We wanted to raise the exposure of Formula One by staging the live show, and I hope it will lead to Hong Kong hosting a grand prix race one day.

“My dream is that Hong Kong, like Singapore, Malaysia and China, will be a stop on the grand prix circuit.”

Although there are currently three street circuit venues on the F1 calendar, Wan said: “If Monte Carlo and Singapore can have it, why can’t Hong Kong?”

But Hong Kong`s hopes may be dashed as the calendar is already jam-packed and some teams are unhappy with the number of races as it already stands.

This year sees the inaugural Indian Grand Prix and with Austin debuting next year and Sochi joining the calendar in 2014, the prospect of racing in Hong Kong at present seems slim.

In recent years Rome, London and New York have all been rumoured to host F1 races but all were ruled to be logisitically impossible.