Lewis Hamilton has won the
70th British Grand Prix for Mercedes AMG Petronas followed by his teammate Nico
Rosberg in 2nd and Sebastian Vettel in 3rd for Scuderia Ferrari in the midst of
a surprise on the weather front when the heavens opened.
For Sahara Force India, it was a proud moment as both
their boys Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez finished in the first ten to earn
some valuable points for the team. Force India had introduced a major - and
very productive - upgrade package to their car for the team’s home race at
Silverstone, with the most obvious change being these two distinctive vents in
the nose. Resembling nostrils, the vents feed the lower section of the nose
with a channel of air. The starting point for the idea was last year’s
finger-shape noses, and to ensure their legality the vents are not completely
open - when viewed from above, you cannot see the ground through them. Viewed
from an angle of 45 degrees, you can.
As the lights went out, Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas
of Williams Martini Racing, got brilliant starts from the second row of the
grid to take 1st and 2nd away from Mercedes.
As the track was on fire with the fight between the Williams and
Mercedes, Lotus F1 Team’s Pastor Maldonado and Romain Grosjean both decided to
crash into each other, and in sympathy, the McLarens Fernando Alonso and Jenson
Button of McLaren Honda) also decided to
crash into each other all on the first lap. The crash left both Lotus’ and
Jenson Button to retire while Alonso was forced to head into the pits for a
wing change. The stopped cars on track brought out the safety car on the first
When the safety car came in on
lap 3, Max Verstappen spun his Toro Rosso with cold tyres and into the wall to
end his race as well.
When the safety car came in,
the grid was led by the Williams, trailed by the Mercedes with Nico Hulkenberg
in 5th for Force India ahead of Raikkonen, Kvyat and Vettel.
As the four Mercedes powered
cars drove away from the pack, Ferrari decided to pit both cars on lap 14 and
15 with Raikkonen and Vettel respectively to get them into clean air.
As Massa couldn’t pull away
from Bottas, Massa in turn was holding up Bottas in 2nd. Hamilton was called
into the pits on lap 20 from 3rd place to try the undercut. On lap 21, Williams
replied to that by pitting Massa, as Rosberg followed him into the pits. Both
cars exited the pits wheel to wheel but Massa inched ahead of the German at the
exit, and Hamilton managed to take the lead from the Brazilian. Valtteri Bottas
pitted on that lap to give the lead to Hamilton.
Lap 32 saw Daniel Ricciardo
facing issues with his engine and was forced to retire. 10 laps later, Carlos
Sainz also ff Scuderia Toro Rosso faced problems with his Renault engine and
retired his car on the final corner of the track. The virtual safety car was
brought out for a lap to clear the car and we went racing again.
The British weather was
inevitable and a key player in the race. If it wasn’t for the rain, the
leaderboard would have looked drastically different. As drivers started to
struggle at the parts where spots of rain had fallen, some decided to switch to
inters, despite conditions at the rest of the track not requiring it. This
proved a vital mistake for Kimi Raikkonen as the Finn dropped down to 8th
eventually and was at the place where he finished.
Lap 44 saw Hamilton and Vettel
pit for Intermediate tyres, which turned out to be the perfect decision made
for both drivers as Hamilton drove away in the lead. While other drivers were a
lap ahead of Vettel, had to pit the lap after, this put Vettel in the perfect
place and the German driver managed to exit the pits in 3rd behind Nico
Rosberg. Rosberg made his way up overtaking both Williams when he found
confidence and grip from his tyres in the tricky conditions.
Filipe Massa has to settle for
4th and Bottas 5th as Williams handed a race they had almost had in the bag on
a silver platter to Mercedes.
Danil Kvyat, the only Renualt
powered car, finished 6th ahead of Nico Hulkenberg of Force India in 7th. Kimi
Raikkonen a decent qualifying position finished a disappointing 8th for Ferrari
while Sergio Perez finished in 9th and Fernando Alonso managed to score the
first points for McLaren for the season with this 10th place finish.
Marcus Ericsson of Sauber F1
Team, Roberto Mehri, and Will Stevens of Marussia were the last few survivors
of the race who finished 11th, 12th, and 13th respectively.
Felipe Nasr of Sauber F1 team couldn’t
start the race when on his way to the grid faced gearbox issues and was forced
to retire before the race even began.
With the German Grand Prix
cancelled, the next race will be held in Hungary at the Hungaroring 3 weeks
later from July 24-26.
Sahara Force India
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