Welcome to the tenth round of the season on the legendary track of Silverstone! It promised to be a hot race with a crystal clear sky and only a point between Vettel and Hamilton in the standings!
Hartley stayed in the garage for a long time, but made it just in time to the track. Unfortunatly, the Kiwi drove only the first two laps and was the first driver to retire. Vettel and Bottas had a phenomenal start and overtook Hamilton very rapidly. The local hero ended up in a collision with Raikkonen and was forced to resume his race in last position with a lot of damage. Due to this collision, Vettel became the leader of the Grand Prix followed by Bottas and Verstappen. Meantime, Raikkonen received a ten second penalty for his collision with Hamilton. While Hamilton drove an outstanding four laps and moved up to the tenth position. Also Hulkenberg and Leclerc had a very good start and moved up to the sixth and seventh position.
Raikkonen was the first driver to come in for his pit stop. As a result of his penalty, he came out of the box in tenth position with Medium compound tyres. Leclerc had to stop his car after a terrible change of tyres. His rear right tyre wasn’t properly mounted. The unlucky Monegasque drove some fantastic weekends and even made it two times to Q3 with his Sauber. Raikkonen was hunting in vain on Ricciardo in lap 24, while Hamilton came in for his fresh tyres and ended up in sixth position.
Ericsson switched to Ericssoff and finished up in the wall after losing grip. The safety car came out and a lot of drivers came in to change their tyres for a last time. The Mercedes drivers stayed on track and Vettel ended in the Silberpfeil sandwich as a result. Hamilton let us know over the radio that he wasn’t all that happy with that strategy of his team, since he couldn’t push too much to be able to make it to the finish line with his older tyres.
The safety car brought the whole field together again and it promised to be a thrilling end of the race with the battle for the win… or maybe not yet. Raikkonen overtook Verstappen at first, but the Dutchman could overtake him again. The breathtaking battle ended there due to a second safety car caused by the collision between Sainz and Grosjean. Both drivers crashed into the wall after that the Frenchman knocked himself into the rear of the Renault.
The final sprint started without any contact. However Vettel tried multiple times to overtake Bottas to take the lead. Bottas seemed very stressed out, but could hold on to his lead for a long time and showed why he really deserves his seat at Mercedes. Verstappen touched Ricciardo and spun in lap 48. The Dutchman fell all the way back and even had to stop his race. Meanwhile, Vettel took the lead from Bottas, who was later overtaken by Hamilton and Raikkonen as well.
Sebastian Vettel won the British Grand Prix, after a thrilling race with a lot of twist. Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen completed the podium. Bottas was the fourth driver to cross the finish line followed by Ricciardo, Hulkenberg, Ocon, Alonso, Magnussen and Gasly.
After the summer break, we are back in Hockenheim for the German Grand Prix! It looks like the sensational battle for the championship between won’t stop anytime soon! We are looking forward to see you again in two weeks!