A fairy story sixth win on domestic soil for Lewis Hamilton wasn’t to be, whilst Max Verstappen came back down to earth after his Austrian heroics. But there was better information for Sebastian Vettel within the title combat, while Nico Hulkenberg emerged as the main contender for great of the relaxation. This weekend’s British Grand Prix changed into a scorcher, with a few flowering in the solar at the same time as others buckled because the temperatures rose…THE WINNERS
The driving force who could have left Silverstone happiest will certainly be Sebastian Vettel. Starting second at the back of identify rival Lewis Hamilton, winner of the final four British Grands Prix, Vettel knew he had his paintings cut out, specifically after suffering a neck grievance on Saturday.
But the German made the maximum of a slow start from Hamilton to nab the lead, and even whilst he misplaced it after Mercedes opted not to pit for fresh tyres for the duration of the primary Safety Car length, he regained it with a decent bypass on Valtteri Bottas at the end of the Wellington Straight.
It changed into his 51st victory, tying him with Alain Prost for 1/3 at the all-time list in the back of Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton. The German had by no means formerly received in this track format both.
Vettel now leads Hamilton by using eight points inside the drivers’ standings, helped with the aid of some ultimate consistency whereby he’s the most effective motive force to finish each racing lap of the season – and end each race inside the factors no less. Not a awful way to round off F1’s first triple header, eh?
Ferrari proving title credentials
When Ferrari won the opening races of the season, there was nevertheless an detail of doubt as to whether they could maintain a 12 months-long title challenge.
While there is a protracted manner to head, Ferrari proved at Silverstone – a circuit where they have not won at due to the fact that 2011 – that they have the belly for the combat.
Responding to Mercedes’ important aerodynamic replace in Austria, Ferrari delivered one of their very own to Silverstone, and it is able to properly have made the difference.
They head to the German Grand Prix with double the factors lead they’d after Austria over Mercedes, whilst both Vettel and Raikkonen drove strong races, the first lap incident aside. What a conflict we’ve got in keep…
Bumper crowd dealt with to mystery
The Silverstone crowd may not have were given the end result the bulk of them wanted, but they were at the least dealt with to arguably the most exciting – and truly one of the maximum incident-packed – race of the season, with each vehicles from the pinnacle teams combating it out for the win.
The grandstands were packed for the duration of the weekend, with 340,000 swarming through the gates over the path of the four days. A superb one hundred forty,000 made it on Sunday by myself.
It made for a tremendous surroundings, amid scorching temperatures, with Lewis Hamilton describing the British Grand Prix as “the finest race of the yr” with “the finest crowd”. That became after he desrcibed it as “the exceptional tune in the international” on Friday, likening using an F1 vehicle across the outstanding brief venue to flying a fighter jet. Anyone else get the feel Lewis likes racing at domestic?!
Hulkenberg emerges as nice of the relaxation
Nico Hulkenberg become chuffed together with his 11th location in qualifying, as it gave him the best role on the grid with free tyre choice. The German opted to start at the medium, earlier than making an unusual pass to the tough.
The strategy paid off. First he snuck via the chaos within the starting collection of corners, then he showed the first-rate tempo of the midfield drivers to run easily inside the top 10.
Sixth was his nice end result considering that China. It also matched his finish at Silverstone from last 12 months and continued his properly shape at the venue, as he has now finished the last 5 British Grands Prix 8th or higher.
Hulkenberg has also now scored points in four of the ultimate five races, with his Silverstone end result strong enough to transport him above Fernando Alonso to seventh in the drivers’ standings.
Force India sees double at home race
It’s been a hard begin to the season for the lads and women in purple, but they’ve bounced again with aplomb.
First Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon scored Force India’s double factors finish of the 12 months in Austria. Then they observed it up with the equal at Silverstone, a venue simply over the road from their headquarters.
Ocon didn’t placed a foot incorrect in Sunday’s race. His racecraft inside the latter part of the Grand Prix, particularly in defence of his position from Fernando Alonso, who turned into on fresher tyres, turned into strong. His praise changed into a points haul that moved him above Perez in the drivers’ standings.
Perez had quite a few race, too, but for special reasons. After spinning on the start and losing to the lower back of the field, the Mexican completed a notable comeback force to grab a point after Pierre Gasly become penalised.
Ocon and Perez’s blended tally also meant the team moved above McLaren into 6th in the constructors’ championship. Further evidence things are transferring in the proper direction for Vijay Mallya’s squad.THE LOSERS
If you had to pick out 3 races Lewis Hamilton would win in advance of the season, the British Grand Prix at Silverstone might be one in every of your bankers.
The Briton had led 102 of the 103 laps on the remaining two British Grands Prix and changed into on a run of 4 successive victories. When he stuck it on pole, a 5th in a row, and document 6th in overall, appeared nearly inevitable.
But he was pitched right into a spin at the start by Kimi Raikkonen, dropping him to 18th. And while he fought returned to second with a extraordinary fighting pressure (later admitting he lost 3kg in body weight within the technique), he couldn’t overhaul Vettel.
As a end result, he heads to his Ferrari rival’s domestic race at Hockenheim trailing by means of 8 factors. That stated, it can had been lots worse.
Sauber’s run inside the points ends
Sauber have continually punched above their weight this season and arrived on British beaches sparkling off the returned of a double points finish in Austria – however a repeat at Silverstone changed into not to be.
Charles Leclerc, as we’ve got visible so often this season, were given extra out of the C37 than many felt become viable as he ran effortlessly inside the points, having began in the pinnacle 10 all over again.
But Sauber let themselves down at some point of his pit prevent. Having secured the fastest pit prevent three instances this season, the Swiss team did no longer match one of the wheels properly when the Ferrari protege pitted.
It was too overdue by the point they realised, with Leclerc pulling off the song into retirement. His group mate Marcus Ericsson then crashed heavily after the DRS stayed open as he negotiated Turn 1.
As a result, Sauber suffered their first double DNF since the 2017 Monaco Grand Prix, at the same time as Leclerc did not see the chequered flag for the primary time in his, albeit very short, F1 career.
Haas fail to transform pace once more
Kevin Magnussen gave Haas their first-ever factors at Silverstone however his two factors ought to had been a lot greater, given they arguably had the fourth-quality vehicle at the grid another time.
Magnussen and Romain Grosjean started out on the fourth row, but did the unthinkable on the start with the aid of making touch as they attempted to avoid Hamilton and Raikkonen’s skirmish.
“We want to move away and evaluate what absolutely happened at Turn 1 and avoid this for the future,” stated Team Principal Guenther Steiner. “This is glaringly not desirable due to the fact we keep on losing points whilst having an amazing automobile.”
The American crew have held on to 5th in the constructors’ championship, but they are simplest clear of Force India with McLaren a unmarried factor in addition again.
That they’ve managed to hold competitiveness this a ways into the season is superb, but they need to begin converting these possibilities – and speedy.
Max Verstappen changed into a man on shape. The Red Bull driver had leapt to the pinnacle of our Power Rankings index following a trio of sturdy outings, headlined by means of victory remaining time out in the Austrian hills.
All weekend at Silverstone, he appeared to be the more potent Red Bull driver. But he consistently bemoaned his group’s deficit on the straights, which he felt ruled them out of competing at the pointy stop.
He benefited from the Hamilton-Raikkonen collision to run third at the begin, but stated he encountered a brake-through-cord trouble on the opening lap, which remedied itself before reoccurring and main to a spin.
The Dutchman was in the end told to retire the auto, ending a run of 3 successive podiums as he did not see the chequered flag for the third time this season.
Williams harm on domestic soilSergey Sirotkin (RUS) Williams FW41 at Formula One World Championship, Rd10, British Grand Prix, Race, Silverstone, England, Sunday 8 July 2018.