Max Verstappen was unable to play a significant role in the Great Britain Grand Prix. The Dutch leader in the World Cup position of Formula 1 did not get further than seventh place due to a broken car.
Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz took the win at Silverstone, his first in Formula 1. Sergio Pérez, Verstappen’s teammate at Red Bull, finished second after a blistering battle with crowd favorite Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) and Charles Leclerc (Ferrari). ).
Hamilton finished third in front of his home crowd and Leclerc finished fourth.
Mega Crash Zhou
With a lightning start, Verstappen took the lead from Sainz before the first corner, who had started from pole position. The race was halted immediately afterwards after Guanyu Zhou (Alfa Romeo) crashed hard after colliding with George Russell (Mercedes).
The Chinese’s car ended up upside down on the track and only came to a stop again against the fence behind the tire stack.
A restart followed after Zhou, who was conscious, was removed from his car. In addition to Russell and Zhou, who turned out to be OK after an examination at the hospital, Alexander Albon had also dropped out, making the grid slightly less full at the restart.
Sainz was allowed to start from pole again and this time the Spaniard was a little better off. He barely managed to hold off Verstappen, while the Dutchman in turn had to pull out all the stops to keep Leclerc behind him.
And the Monegasque had Perez on his neck again, but the duel between the two soon ended when the Mexican suffered damage after a collision with Leclerc and fell back to seventeenth place.
Where Verstappen was unable to pass Sainz in the first few corners, he succeeded in the tenth lap. Under pressure from the Dutchman Sainz shot off the track and Verstappen was able to easily pass him.
A few laps later, disaster struck for Verstappen. In the leading position he got a flat tire and had to go in for new rubber. Once back on the track, the Dutchman noticed that little had changed in the performance of his car.
He was told that he had suffered some loss of power as there was damage to the rear of the car. He was able to continue the race.
There was no more fighting for the win, limiting the damage to his lead in the World Cup standings was the best he could do. That worked a little bit, because in the World Cup position he took six points with his seventh place.
Up front the race continued between Leclerc’s and Sainz’s Ferraris and Hamilton’s Mercedes, which proved surprisingly quick on its home track. The Englishman even led for a few laps, but was unable to gather enough seconds to stay ahead of the two after his only pit stop.
In the meantime Sainz had let Leclerc go ahead and the Monegask was in the lead from the 35th lap.
Esteban Ocon (Alpine), who had just overtaken Verstappen as a result, had to put his car to the side with a defect, which meant that a safety car had to be put on the track.
Sainz, Hamilton and Pérez came in for the faster red tyre, while Leclerc continued to drive around on the slower white tyre. After the safety car had left the track, it turned out to be a short sprint to the finish where Sainz passed his teammate and outsmarted Pérez Hamilton.
A true titanic fight ensued between Pérez, Leclerc and Hamilton who switched positions a few corners in a row.
When the dust had settled and the three had provided quite a spectacle, Pérez emerged as the best ahead of Hamilton and Leclerc. Sainz stayed out of the crowd at the front and managed to take his first Formula 1 victory.
Verstappen, who had also gone to the red band thanks to the safety car, managed to overtake a few more cars, but got Mick Schumacher behind him in the final phase. Haas’ German insisted for a long time, but was unable to pass Verstappen.