Max Verstappen holds off Mercedes for first win of 2020

Mercedes had dominated to win all four races this season so far. Max Verstappen finished second last week as he could not catch Lewis Hamilton on the final lap after Hamilton blew his left front tire. This week, it was Hamilton who could not catch Verstappen as Verstappen picked up the first win for Red Bull Racing at Silverstone since 2012.

The start of the race was a nightmare for Sebastian Vettel as he spun while driving in the middle of the pack, pushing him back to 19th place.

Valtteri Bottas took advantage of being the pole starter, surging out to an early lead over Lewis Hamilton. Lando Norris started well, jumping from 10th to eighth place.

Alexander Albon was the first car to pit, taking hard tires on lap seven. Bottas pitted on lap 14, Hamilton would go to the pits a lap later as he furiously tried to hold off Verstappen.

Verstappen would hold a 19-second advantage over Bottas as he headed toward the pits on lap 27. After a 3.2-second pit stop, Bottas would pass Verstappen as he left the pits. With the medium tires on Verstappen, he would soon pass Bottas to reclaim the lead.

On lap 32, Daniel Ricciardo spun while trying to claim seventh place. He would fall back to 12th.  

On lap 33, both Verstappen and Bottas pit at the same time, giving Hamilton the lead temporarily.

Hamilton would finally pit again on lap 42, giving Verstappen the lead back by four seconds. Hamilton came out of the pits in fourth place behind Charles Leclerc. He passed Leclerc for third on lap 45. Five laps later, Hamilton passed Bottas for second.

Hamilton took the fastest lap of the race but it was not enough to catch Verstappen as Verstappen won to pick up his ninth career win. Hamilton tied Michael Schumacher for the Formula 1 record of 155 podiums in a career.

Bottas finished third followed by Leclerc who finished fourth on a one-stop strategy.

Albon and Lance Stroll finished fifth and sixth respectively. Nico Hulkenberg, who is continuing to fill in for Sergio Perez, finished seventh as he pit a third time after reporting a significant vibration.

Esteban Ocon, Norris and Daniil Kvyat rounded out the top 10.

Formula 1 will head to Spain for the Spanish Grand Prix next Sunday.

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