Yes readers, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton wins again–not just a race, but his home race, the British Grand Prix at Silverstone–again. Here’s how that part of the race went:
A Summary of Lewis Winning:
He had a good start and kept his pole position (P1). Pitted once and managed to keep P1. Continued in P1. Some exciting things happened behind him. Still in P1. Crossed the finish line for the win (P1).
I think that about sums it up.
So then, moving on with the rest of (and more exciting) part the story.
The first lap of this race went off to its natural start with a repeat of last week’s fun, again involving Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat, although this time he tangled with his own teammate, Carlos Sainz while trying to rejoin the track.
The first caution of the race was issued along with the safety car as crews worked to remove Sainz’s car.
Kvyat was issued yet another two penalty points, having scored himself two penalty points last week in Austria for colliding with McLaren’s Fernando Alonso, again on the first lap, and that incident also forced Alonso to retire due to damage.
Now only three points away from a race ban, it’ll be interesting to see how the young Russian behaves on the track for the next few races. He will desperately need to not cause any incidences until the United States Grand Prix, October 23. With his literal track record, it appears that a ban for the driver is inevitable.
Ah, but at least Kvyat did get to at least finish this race, albeit P15.
Haas Kevin Magnussen, who appears to be experiencing a bout of bad luck lately, also suffered some damage from the Toro Rosso scuffle. However, he was able to somewhat recover and finish P12, just above his teammate, Romain Grosjean. Both Haas team members have had difficulties this season, with most races only having one or the other car finishing. Although neither would gain points this race, a sigh of relief must have been had in the Haas garages after both did finish.
But, on the brighter side of all this, the true man of the day was Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo. A rough qualifying on Saturday, during Q1, after having completed a P1 lap time in the damp conditions, he found himself with car troubles and coming to a stop with 11 minutes to go in the session. This put him at P19 for Sunday’s race, just one position ahead of Alonso, who was granted a 30 grid-spot penalty for yet another power unit change.
After the race start, Ricciardo would quickly make it through the field from P19 to P12 in a matter of 5 laps (and remember…there was a safety car through most of those first laps). Having avoided Magnussen’s car, he puts himself off the track on the Woodcote corner. He successfully rejoins without significant damage, but rejoins P18.
He would then make a stunning advance through the field. He’s in P9 by Lap 20. Makes it to P6 before he pits. Rejoins P10 and finished P5, just behind teammate Max Verstappen, who is probably more than relieved to have finally finished a race.
But it wasn’t looking promising in the last two laps of the race. Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas finally catches up to the P2 position, held by Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, and takes P2 for himself. It’s then that things got really interesting.
Raikkonen suddenly needs to pit for tire issues and a change, and Verstappen pits for tires as well. Both manage to make it out in time for the pit stop to not really affect their spots. In the meanwhile, Sebastian Vettel had grabbed P3 during their brief absence. But his luck was cut short as the same issue that pitted Raikkonen took hold of Vettel, leaving him to limp around the circuit.
Raikkonen and Verstappen would be able to pass and regain their spots, as well as Ricciardo and Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg for P5 and P6.
Luckily it was only a few spots lost since it was the very last leg of the race, but Vettel would struggle to finish P7.
Vettel wasn’t the only one to suffer struggles as Alonso would retire on Lap 34 after losing power in his car, yet again. At least his teammate Stoffel Vandoorne had a good weekend, not only making it to Q3 this weekend and qualifying P8, but finishing the race, P11.
And Renault’s Jolyon Palmer, who has also experienced the worst stint of luck this season, managed to not even participate in the race after his car gave up during the installation laps before the race even started.
Alright, so a break for the next week until Formula 1 returns to Hungary at the Hungaroring for the Hungarian Grand Prix July 30th. Until then.
Results for the Formula 1 Rolex British Grand Prix at Silverstone:
1. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
2. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
3. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)
4. Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
5. Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull)
6. Nico Hulkenberg (Renault)
7. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)
8. Esteban Ocon (Force India)
9. Sergio Perez (Force India)
10. Felipe Massa (Williams)
11. Stoffel Vandoorne (McLaren)
12. Kevin Magnussen (Haas)
13. Romain Grosjean (Haas)
14. Marcus Ericsson (Sauber)
15. Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso)
16. Lance Stroll (Williams)
17. Pascal Wehrlein (Sauber)
DNF Fernando Alonso (McLaren)
DNF Carlos Sainz (Toro Rosso)
DNF Jolyon Palmer (Renault)