Categories: News

Sensation at Silverstone: Carlos Sainz takes first-ever win after particularly hectic British GP, Max Verstappen only seventh

What preceded…

Summer has arrived and it was time for one of those races that are looked forward to every year: the Great Britain Grand Prix at Silverstone. The place where the very first race of the Formula 1 World Cup was held in 1950 and invariably one of the major crowd pullers on the calendar. The place where Ferrari really had to hit back if it wants to keep Max Verstappen and Red Bull from the two world titles, because Red Bull has won the past six Grand Prix – of which Verstappen took five.

On Saturday, Carlos Sainz provided a small surprise in a wet qualifying. The Spaniard has been looking for the right form all season and was able to refuel with confidence with his first-ever pole position. Verstappen, Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) and Sergio Pérez (Red Bull) were behind him. And don’t forget Lewis Hamilton, who was chasing a record-breaking ninth win in his home race. The seven-time world champion left with an improved Mercedes in fifth.

How did the start go?

Dramatic. The British public had to hold their breath for fifteen minutes after debutant Guanyu Zhou took a terrible blow in his Alfa Romeo. The Chinese was tapped by George Russell, after which he slid upside down around the track and into the gravel. Finally, the car ended up in the fence behind the tire stack (!), but Zhou was miraculously unharmed. The races of Russell and Alex Albon (Williams) were also over immediately, the red flag was raised.

Fortunately, the restart, an hour later, went a lot better. The Ferraris and Red Bulls clashed and did not come out unscathed, although the positions remained the same: Sainz kept the lead ahead of Verstappen, Leclerc and Pérez. The last two had to continue with a damaged nose after a light tap: Pérez came to the pits a few laps later for a nose change.

How did the victory come about?

Sainz soon came under pressure from Verstappen and made a mistake on lap ten, after which Verstappen was able to take the lead. The Dutchman could not enjoy this for long, because his Red Bull suffered damage in an unknown way barely two laps later. Verstappen suspected that he had a flat tire and immediately went to the pits, but the problem was not solved with fresh tires.

Here is inserted content from a social media network that wants to write or read cookies. You have not given permission for this.

With Verstappen out of the way, a Ferrari double victory seemed in the making, but that was not counting one man: Lewis Hamilton. After team-mate Russell retired, he was the only realistic hope of a British victory at Silverstone, and Hamilton fulfilled that role with gusto. After he overtook Lando Norris (his younger compatriot had passed him at the start, ed.), he opened the hunt for the two Ferraris.

Little by little Hamilton was getting closer to the Ferraris, which Leclerc meanwhile began to rush. Even with a slightly damaged nose, the young Monegask seemed faster than teammate Sainz, but couldn’t get past. Even after the pit stops (Sainz on lap 20, Leclerc on lap 25), that order remained unchanged. On lap 31 Sainz then – finally – got orders to let his teammate pass.

Here is inserted content from a social media network that wants to write or read cookies. You have not given permission for this.

Hamilton went on for longer and for a moment seemed on his way to take the lead, but after his pit stop on lap 33 he fell behind Leclerc and Sainz. The double win seemed safe for Ferrari, until Esteban Ocon stopped with thirteen laps to go and set up a safety car. That turned the race on its head: Remarkably, leader Leclerc continued to drive on his hard tires while virtually everyone behind him came to get fresh soft tires.

Here is inserted content from a social media network that wants to write or read cookies. You have not given permission for this.

What followed was a very spectacular finale. Sainz was initially ordered by Ferrari to stay behind Leclerc, but Sainz argued that there was much more chance of losing the win that way. The Spaniard then passed Leclerc after a few corners and took off like a rocket, while Leclerc had to defend on his old rubber against a chasing quartet: Pérez, Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Norris.

Here is inserted content from a social media network that wants to write or read cookies. You have not given permission for this.

Leclerc failed to maintain his second place. Pérez attacked him, but Leclerc fought back hard. Hamilton even briefly ended up in second place and Alonso also got involved, but Pérez eventually grabbed that second place back. Leclerc then defended hard against Hamilton, but was also unable to keep third. Sainz meanwhile shot to his long-awaited first victory.

Behind the top four, Alonso was best of the rest ahead of Norris. In an exciting duel for seventh place, Verstappen was able to hold off Mick Schumacher, who did collect his very first points in F1. Year-old Sebastian Vettel and Kevin Magnussen completed the top ten.

How high was the spectacle value?

Very high. The crowd was on the edge of their seats after the start for all the wrong reasons, but after the liberation of Guanyu Zhou, the race party continued. And how. We got an unpredictable race full of spectacle, fights and interesting strategies: that’s all the neutral F1 viewer wants, right?

What do we remember from this race?

That Carlos Sainz can finally call himself a race winner in Formula 1 on his 150th attempt. The title fight has also been given some new life due to Max Verstappen’s poor result. The Dutchman sees his lead over Sergio Pérez in the World Cup dwindle to 34 points, Leclerc approaches 43 points.

Recent Posts

Franz Tost: “It was immediately clear that Sebastian Vettel was going to be a really great driver”

At the end of this season, Sebastian Vettel will say goodbye to Formula 1. According…

9 hours ago

Once great promise, and almost four years after an inglorious exit from Formula 1, finally world champion: who is Stoffel Vandoorne?

©  ISOPIXStoffel Vandoorne is world champion. The West Fleming completed a peak season in Formula…

10 hours ago

Atmospheric images: Stoffel Vandoorne and Mercedes celebrate Formula E title

After winning the Formula E title with both the drivers and the teams, Stoffel Vandoorne…

10 hours ago

Frenchman Tom Vialle wins GP in Finland, Jago Geerts (3rd) remains leader in MX2 standings

© BELGIUMFrenchman Tom Vialle (KTM) has won the Grand Prix of Finland in MX2 in…

11 hours ago

Fourth world title in MXGP for Tim Gajser is already secured, Dutchman Coldenhoff wins moto in Finland

© BELGIUMDutchman Glenn Coldenhoff (Yamaha) has won the Grand Prix of Finland in the World…

11 hours ago

Toto Wolff: “The FIA ​​has no choice but to do something about porpoising”

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff believes the FIA ​​has no choice but to do something…

12 hours ago

This website uses cookies.