For the third time in a row this season, Lewis Hamilton crossed the line first, but not without drama as he would cut a tire on the final lap of the British Grand Prix. Somehow, he would manage to get the car across the line for the victory. It is Hamilton’s seventh win at Silverstone and 87th of his career.
Formula One continued their season at Silverstone Circuit Sunday afternoon for the British Grand Prix.
Prior to the race, Racing Point would not be able to get their car for Nico Hulkenberg ready for the start as the car’s power unit failed to fire up
Early on, pole-sitter Hamilton ran away with the lead but would be stopped on lap two as Alexander Albon would make contact with Kevin Magnussen, turning Magnussen and forcing him to retire. Albon would come down pit road on lap seven for fresh tires after complaining about a vibration.
On lap 13, AlphaTauri’s Daniil Kvyat would have a tire deflate at Maggots, causing him to spin and crash. He would retire from the race.
Drivers would come down pit road immediately as a safety car was deployed for the incident. All drivers switched to hard tires except for Haas as they gambled with Romain Grosjean, keeping him out on the track still on medium tires.
The race seemed to be set in stone with Mercedes running one-two with Max Verstappen running in third.
However, as the race came down to the closing stages, Valtteri Bottas would cut a tire and would have to come down pit road. It would be a massive hit in the points for him as he finished 11th and wound up with zero points on the day.
Verstappen would finish second but could have had a chance to win had he not come down pit road late in the race.
Charles Leclerc, thanks to Bottas’ tire failure, wound wind up third to round out the podium. It is his second podium finish of the year after failing to score points in the previous two races.
It was a big points day for Renault as both Daniel Ricciardo (fourth) and Esteban Ocon (sixth) would score season-high finishes.
Lando Norris would round out the top-five. However, his McLaren teammate in Carlos Sainz would have a tire failure in the closing laps as well to finish 13th.
Pierre Gasly matched his season-high finish with a seventh-place run.
Albon, who had a poor qualifying effort, was involved in an early incident, and suffered a five-second penalty, would work his way up to an eighth-place finish.
Lance Stroll and Sebastian Vettel would round out the top 10.
F1 will remain at Silverstone next Sunday for the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix.