F1 – British GP – Race
Hello MiniFans and welcome back to Silverstone! The weather is cold and cloudy, but the weather forecasts told us that it would stay dry. With only ten minutes to go, we saw a problem with Verstappen’s rear wing. Will it be so bad that the Dutchman will have to retire? Or were his mechanics able to fix everything on the grid? Let’s find out!
It’s lights out and away we go! Vettel overtook Gasly right at the start and also Norris was able to get a place. Hamilton was driving very aggressively to try and catch Bottas. Grosjean was the first driver to pit after a rather stupid collision with his teammate Magnussen at the start. While the Silber Pfeilen were still battling, there was a tight battle between Leclerc, Verstappen and Vettel for P3. In lap 4, Hamilton overtook Bottas beautifully, but the Finn took his position right back again in the next corner.
Magnussen’s race was over after a disappointing eight laps, due to the damage after the collision with Grosjean at the start. There was chaos in lap 12, when both Vettel and Verstappen tried to overtake at the very same moment with help of their DRS. However, Vettel ended the battle by making a mistake while braking. Gasly surprised everyone when overtook Vettel and kept that position until the Frenchman went for his first pitstop. A couple of laps later, both Leclerc and Verstappen pitted at the same time. This shook things up for a moment, because Verstappen came out first after a short but strong battle in the pitlane. This could have been considered as an unsafe release, but there was no action taken by the stewards.
The impressive battle between the Ferrari and Red Bull driver seemed endless … until Giovinazzi went off track and ended up in the gravel in lap 20. This caused a safety car and a pitstop alarm! Mercedes, Ferrari, Red Bull … about everyone came in for fresh tyres. At this point, we had Hamilton driving in the lead, followed by Bottas, Verttel, Gasly, Verstappen and Leclerc.
The midfield was madness at the restart! Everyone was overtaking and going off track. But there was also some action at the front! Yes, you guessed it, part two of the battle between Leclerc and Verstappen started. The Monegasque pushed his rival off track, but the Flying Dutchman didn’t give up and overtook the Red Horse once again. What an incredible race!
Red Bull didn’t want to take big risks anymore with Leclerc. This way, Gasly got the teamorder to let Verstappen through, so there was a buffer between the two and Verstappen could work his way up to Vettel. Leclerc pulled off an insanely good move on Gasly and only a bit later, we had an attack by Verstappen. He stayed in front of Vettel, but when he tried to get his position back, he drove right onto the rear of the Red Bull. He dropped back to P14 and pitted for a new nose and a medium compound. The whole situation was investigated by the stewards and they handed out a 10 second penalty.
Lewis Hamilton wins his home Grand Prix with Valtteri Bottas and Leclerc completing the podium. Gasly finished fourth, followed by Verstappen, Sainz, Ricciardo, Raikkonen, Kvyat and Hulkenberg. We are back in two weeks for the German Grand Prix!