Another British GP gone, and another British GP win for Lewis Hamilton, in an incredibly dominant fashion.
Qualifying started off wet on the Saturday with Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso making late stops for slick tyres while everyone else ran the intermediates, with Alonso making the line before the flag with less than a second to spare. Then Alonso did what Alonso does best, he did the impossible and took his McLaren to the top of Q1. While he obviously had an advantage of the slick tyres, it’s still impressive, especially as Ocon on the same tyres was only sixth and almost two seconds off of Alonso.
After that point Hamilton DOMINATED, fastest in Q2 by almost a second and pole by half a second. In the race that domination continued, he led every single lap of the race, he took the fastest lap of the race, even with a late pit stop from Verstappen. But the best drive of the race? Daniel Ricciardo. He dropped out of Q1 and qualified last after his car failed, though moving to 19th with Alonso’s 30 place penalty. But even with that low grid position he had a fantastic race, fighting his way through the pack with a lot of overtakes at Stowe and finished in fifth.
Valtteri Bottas had a bit of a tough start to the weekend, only qualifying fourth and then getting a five place gearbox penalty, but he too had a great race and finished in second. His compatriot Kimi Raikkonen spent most of the race in second place but suffered a puncture late on and was forced to pit, but only lost out on one position. Sebastian Vettel also had a late puncture but lost out far more, dropping from fourth to seventh.
Just a single change here after no change in the last race. Renault take seventh from Toro Rosso after their horrific weekend where Daniil Kvyat took out his teammate, giving himself a drive through and two penalty points in the process.
Two changes, Max Verstappen takes sixth back from Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg jumps both Williams for tenth. As far as the championship lead goes, the gap is down to just a single point.
|4||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||NED||12||51||01:30.678||4|
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull||AUS||10||51||01:31.874||19|
|8||Esteban Ocon||Force India||FRA||4||50||01:33.521||7|
|9||Sergio Perez||Force India||MEX||2||50||01:33.504||6|
|15||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso||RUS||0||50||01:33.594||12|
|RET||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso||ESP||–||0||–||13|