Hamilton aims for Silverstone four-timer

Both Lewis Hamilton and Silverstone have said "no" to Formula One at the start of a big week in Britain.

Lewis Hamilton. Picture: AFP.

LONDON - Lewis Hamilton will head to Silverstone for this weekend's British Grand Prix with the circuit as much in the headlines as the home hero.

Both have said "no" to Formula One at the start of a big week in Britain - Hamilton the only driver to snub a major event in London on Wednesday and Silverstone calling time on the race contract after 2019.

"We had a fantastic response from all the teams and 19 of the drivers," said a Formula One spokesman, without naming Hamilton, ahead of the F1 Live London event featuring demonstration runs on the streets of Westminster.

Hamilton told his fans on social media on Tuesday that he was going on a break. His Mercedes team confirmed that only Valtteri Bottas would be in London.

"Two-day holiday before the greatest race weekend of the year!!," Hamilton told his 4.5 million followers on Instagram alongside a photograph of himself and friends on the steps of his private jet.

Two day holiday before the greatest race weekend of the year!! #blessed #greatful #GodIsTheGreatest

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