Sebastian Vettel took full benefit of Lewis Hamilton‘s first-lap collision with Kimi Raikkonen to win the British Grand Prix and prolong his lead within the drivers’ championship, leaving Components One’s first ever triple-header with an eight-point lead over the reigning champion.
The battle between the 2 four-time world champions by no means actually developed at Silverstone after Hamilton’s poor begin, which relegated him from first to 3rd, was adopted by Raikkonen spinning him at flip three, and whereas Vettel disappeared into the space Hamilton needed to rebuild from the again of the sector.
He shortly went about fixing the harm, passing 11 drivers in simply 10 laps, and by the point the primary stops began Hamilton was again as much as sixth and shutting down the Purple Bulls of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen.
Raikkonen earned a 10-second penalty for his half within the crash, however when the stops has cycled by way of Hamilton nonetheless discovered himself behind the Finn.
That each one modified when Marcus Eriksson went off in his Sauber Alfa Romeo to carry out the security automotive, and whereas Ferrari and Purple Bull pitted their drivers, Mercedes didn’t. That gave Valtteri Bottas the lead and promoted Hamilton to second, and whereas Bottas couldn’t maintain on – slipping to fourth – Hamilton chased residence Vettel to complete second and restrict the harm as greatest he may.
Here is 5 issues we discovered.
Hamilton suspects foul play
There ought to have been loads for Lewis Hamilton to have fun together with his followers even when he did not win the British Grand Prix for the primary time since 2013. Having been pointing the incorrect approach 20 seconds into the race, his stirring drive from final to second was on simply in need of a fairy story story.
However as an alternative, all was not nicely with the four-time champion. His anguish with not remodeling pole right into a win was clear to see as he left parc ferme earlier than giving his obligatory interview, and when he lastly spoke on the rostrum he steered that Kimi Raikkonen’s contact might have been a deliberate tactic from Ferrari – one thing that merely wasn’t true.
Engine gulf totally uncovered
In latest races the hole between Mercedes, Ferrari and Renault has not been that apparent. However right here on the uber-fast Silverstone circuit, the true gulf between the Renault energy unit and its rivals was painfully apparent. This was made obvious by Hamilton’s cost again by way of the sector as he overtook a staggering 11 vehicles in 10 laps, the majority of which had been Renault, Honda and Ferrari powered.
The distinction between the 2 frontrunners in Mercedes and Ferrari was much less apparent out in entrance, however for Renault it will need to have been extremely disheartening to see their rivals disappear into the space and present simply how a lot work they’ve received to do within the low season.
Bottas but to point out his powerful aspect
Valttero Bottas’ probabilities of profitable the British Grand Prix had been accomplished a world of fine when the second security automotive got here out instantly after the primary, and for a handful of laps after racing finally went inexperienced once more he displayed sufficient defensive nous to maintain Vettel at bay.
It has been a criticism of Bottas, like Nico Rosberg earlier than him, that since becoming a member of Mercedes he has not proven the aggression wanted to take the following step. He confirmed indicators of that by sticking to his defensive strains each time Vettel attacked him on the Wellington Straight, however finally his combat fell away and Vettel appeared to catch him napping when he returned to the traditional line into Brooklands.
If Bottas is to start out mixing it up with Hamilton and Vettel regularly, he must show he’s able to placing all of it on the road.
Ferrari trump Mercedes on the pit wall
The primary security automotive interval sprung Ferrari and Purple Bull into life as they instantly pitted their vehicles to suit contemporary tyres for the closing levels of the race – even when it meant conceding monitor place. However as soon as once more Mercedes dallied and determined to not pit both driver within the hope that their superior tyre put on would see their Pirelli mediums maintain on.
The choice made sense for Hamilton who had little to lose, however for Bottas it price him what seemed to be a sure podium and a tilt on the victory. It could have made extra sense to pit Bottas and go away Hamilton out on monitor, as Purple Bull boss Christian Horner alluded to on the pit wall instantly after, so as to hedge their bets.
Security has come a good distance
On Saturday we noticed a daunting follow crash for Brendon Hartley as he fired into the tyre barrier on the finish of the Wellington Straight, and there was one other heart-in-your-mouth second on Sunday when Marcus Ericsson received his entry to Flip One incorrect and hurtled in direction of the obstacles at a fee of knots.
With the security automotive deployed and groups readying for pit stops, onlookers watched on fearing the worst, on condition that Ericsson’s Sauber Alfa Romeo had shot off at near 180mph and buried itself deep into the tyres. However fortunately, the Swede hopped out unhurt, with all 130,000 in attendance at Silverstone and hundreds of thousands worldwide respiratory a sigh of aid.
As speeds in F1 proceed to rise, significantly within the corners, it’s crucial that security stays on the forefront of the game. We’ve seen this with the ‘Halo’ gadget already this season, with the tethers that saved the wheels of Hartley’s Purple Bull and Ericsson’s Sauber connected and numerous after technological advances that makes F1 such a protected place within the modern-day, and Sunday was definitely a day to be pleased about how far the game has come.