Lewis Hamilton has taken a record-breaking sixth victory at the British Grand Prix, becoming the most successful driver at Silverstone and at a home race. The Mercedes driver got passed his teammate early on, before running a long first stint allowing him only to make one stop.
Hamilton then got the track advantage, which allowed him to pull away on the long opening stint. The fastest lap on the last lap of the race gave Hamilton a bonus point and means he has extended his championship lead to thirty nine points at the half way ponit in the season.
Bottas led the first part of the race but kicked off the pitstops amongst the leaders while Hamilton extended his stint to lap twenty. That was vital for Hamilton, who was already considering switching to the hards and executing a one-stop strategy.
Again the Mercedes were in a class of there own, miles ahead of the battle between the Ferrari and Red Bull. As Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen battled early on, the dutchman made contact with Sebastian Vettel. The four times champion ran into the back of the Red Bull sending them both into the gravel at Vale.
Hamilton said, “I can’t tell you how proud I am to be here. You think you’d get used to something like that, but it feels like the first time. Jeez. I couldn’t have done it without these guys [the fans] and my team. Everyone back at the factory and everyone is supportive of them.”
Leclerc, voted driver of the day, added “It’s probably the race I enjoyed the most in my F1 career. It’s great to finish third but today was very difficult. We were where we wanted to be in the first two stints, but the safety car meant we lost a couple of positions and I’m extremely proud of the battles we had on track.”
The pivotal moment in the battle for third when Verstappen made his stop causing Leclerc to come in. They then ran wheel to wheel until the fight recommenced and peaked when Leclerc attacked on the outside into the final complex of corners just before mid-distance.
They bumped wheels slightly when Leclerc had the inside for the right-hand penultimate turn, and Verstappen took to the run-off on the outside, keeping the position as he rejoined through the final corner. Like a fortnight ago, both drivers showed the sports future is bright.
Vettel was handed a ten second time penalty for the collision by race stewards, and ended the race down in sixteenth after pitting due the damage sustained. Pierre Gasly was fourth, the best result since last years Bahrain Grand Prix.
Asked about his confidence, Vettel told Channel 4 “I don’t think so, all race I had good pace, we had a fight on our hands but the Red Bulls were faster than us today, it was a shame not to finish in the point.”
Pressure continues to build on Vettel, his year can be summed up by a number of mistakes following his win at Silverstone last year. Again a strong race trown away.
The Frenchman scoring his best result for Red Bull. Carlos Sainz continued McLaren’s strong run of results with sixth, finishing ahead of Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo.
Kimi Raikkonen used a one stop strategty to finih eighth, ahead of the charging Toro Rosso of Daniil Kvyat. A strong display for the Russian to take ninth position, aided by a well timed stop and a safety car.
Nico Hulkenberg rounded out the point-paying positions in tenth.
Lando Norris couldn’t continue his strong run of results, the Bristolian lost out behind the safety car and complained that the strategy had ruined his race. He finished eleventh, ahead of fellow rookie Alexander Albon.
Racing Point’s Lance Stroll was thirteenth ahead of the Williams pair George Russell and Robert Kubica, finished a lap down with Vettel, who ended a miserable weekend in seventeenth position.
Both Haas’s of Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen retired from the race early on after colliding on the opening lap. The Frenchman sild into his teammate through The Loop, g iving both cars punctures which required early pit-stops. The pair soon returned to the pit-lane in the moments which followed to officially retiring.
- British GP – Qualifying Result
- BRITISH GP – Valtteri Bottas pips Lewis Hamilton to pole in a very tight qualifying
- BRITISH GP – Valtteri Bottas sets the pace beating Hamilton by six hundredths in FP2
- BRITISH GP – Pierre Gasly sets the pace in FP1 four and a half tenths ahead of Valtteri Bottas
- PRIXVIEW – British Grand Prix