Round 10 in the UK at the Silverstone Circuit was a race that involved everything you might hope to see in an F1 race. There was drama, racing battles, incidents, team order driving swaps, the British Grand Prix had it all. Let’s go over the details:
Here was our starting grid for Round 10 in the UK, as based off Qualifying the day before:
- Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)
- Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
- Charles LeClerc (Ferrari)
Lap 1 presented an immediate Red Flag within 10-seconds of the race start, a MAJOR accident occurred. Thankfully, everyone was ok and no driver suffered injuries. Zhou Guanyu (Alfa Romeo), George Russel (Mercedes), Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri), Esteban Ocon (Alpine), and Alexander Albon (Williams) were all involved in an accident that forced Guanyu, Russel, and Albon to retire and settle for a DNF. As the collisions occurred due to overtake attempts, an approaching corner at high speeds, and no room to move, the accident sent Zhou Gunayu (Alfa Romeo) flying across the gravel, flipping around upside down, then flipping over the tire wall and slamming into the fencing right in front of the fans. Thankfully, Zhou Guanyu was perfectly fine and we lift our hats off to the safety engineers behind the development of today’s F1 car. Watch the full video here of the accident – British GP Lap 1 Accident
As the race resumed on Lap 3, Charles LeClerc (Ferrari) and Sergio Perez (Red Bull) had a small collision that caused right-side front wing damage to LeClerc, connecting with Perez’s front left tire. This incident further caused debris to come off of LeClerc’s F1-75 Ferrari, later effecting Max Verstappen (Red Bull) on Lap 12, as the debris caused damage to the floorboard of his RB18 as well as a tire puncture.
The damage front the incident also gave small front wing damage to Sergio Perez’s (Red Bull) front wing, forcing him to pit on Lap 6 for a front wing change.
Lap 10 presented the first battle, Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) and Max Verstappen (Red Bull). As the two went back and forth throughout the corners, Sainz made a critical error by losing the rear end and sending him slightly off the track, allowing for Verstappen to overtake. This is the first of many battles to come for the British Grand Prix!
Lap 12 struck tragedy for AlphaTauri as an entire team, as both driver’s collided into one another and spun out off of the track. Yuki Tsunoda and Pierre Gasly had contact after Tsunoda forced Pierre wide off the track, resulting in him getting a 5-second time penalty. By Lap 12, here is the current 1/2/3 – Carlos Sainz (Ferrari), Charles LeClerc (Ferrari), Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
Laps 19-27 presented pit stops for the majority of teams and drivers, with some opting for the “Hard” compound tire while others chose the “Medium” compound tire. During this time period, Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo) had to retire his car and settle for a DNF due to reliability issues of his car. Also, Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) had to retire for an inspection of his vehicle from the FIA due to being called in for a Black/Orange flag. This is the result of either a serious mechanical issue or loose bodywork that can cause damage to other driver’s cars.
As the race for the top 3 was heating up, the Ferrari duo were battling it out by Lap 31, causing them to slow down. This allowed for Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) to catch up and overtake, forcing Ferrari to call for “Team Orders” and swap the placement of the drivers.
Laps 33-35 presented more pit stops, once again the “Hard” compound and “Medium” compound being the tires of choice.
Lap 39 struck more tragedy for another driver but presented a huge pit stop opportunity for the entire grid that has remained thus far. Esteban Ocon’s (Alpine) car developed both a power unit issue and a steering issue, forcing him to pull off onto the side of the straight. Due to the placement of his DNF, a Full Safety Car was called and nearly every driver opted to come into the pits for a set of “Soft” Tires.
The race resumed at the end of Lap 42, start of 43.
Lap 44 presented yet another battle for 3rd place and for 1st! Sergio Perez (Red Bull) and Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) went back and forth for 3rd while Charles LeClerc (Ferrari) and Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) battled for 1st. The top 3 positions have been a hot spot this entire race – Sainz claimed the 1st place position and Perez claimed the 3rd place position.
A couple laps later on Lap 46, Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Charles LeClerc (Ferrari), and Sergio Perez (Red Bull) battled it out 3 cars across for 2nd and 3rd place! Sergio Perez claimed 2nd while LeClerc claimed 3rd.
Once again on Lap 48, Charles LeClerc (Ferrari) and Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) battled it out for 3rd place via inside/outside line trading, with Hamilton climbing out on top!
By the end of the race, it was Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) who claimed 1st place!
The results of the Round 10 British Grand Prix resulted in the following:
- Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)
- Sergio Perez (Red Bull)
- Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
- (Fastest Lap) – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) – 1:30:510
Here are the Current Standings for Formula 1 Drivers Points:
- Max Verstappen (Red Bull) – 181
- Sergio Perez (Red Bull) – 147
- Charles LeClerc (Ferrari) – 138
- Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) – 127
- George Russell (Mercedes) – 111
- Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) – 93
- Lando Norris (McLaren) – 58
- Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo) – 46
- Esteban Ocon (Alpine) – 39
- Fernando Alonso (Alpine) – 28
- Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) – 16
- Kevin Magnussen (HAAS) – 16
- Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin) – 15
- Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren) – 15
- Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri) – 11
- Zhou Guanyu (Alfa Romeo) – 5
- Mick Schumacher (HAAS) – 4
- Alexander Albon (Williams) – 3
- Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) – 3
- Nicholas Latifi (Williams) – 0
- Nico Hulkenberg (Aston Martin) – 0
Here are the Current Standings for Formula 1 Constructors Points:
- Red Bull – 328
- Ferrari – 265
- Mercedes – 204
- McLaren – 73
- Alpine – 67
- Alfa Romeo – 51
- AlphaTauri – 27
- HAAS – 20
- Aston Martin – 18
- Williams – 3
The Formula 1 season takes us next to Austria for Round 11 at the Red Bull Ring! The Austrian Grand Prix will take place from July 8th – July 10th. The Red Bull Ring is a 71-lap race consisting of 10 turns and spans 4.381km (2.722 miles) per lap. Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) currently holds the fastest lap time of 1:05:619 from the 2020 season!
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