Hamilton gave a lesson in coming back from a bad weekend, something of a strength these days, making him always dangerous. Superb win, a perfect weekend. Great result for Norris, too. I want Red Bull to do better as they're almost, but not quite, at a competitive level. It'll be no good looking to Ferrari for a fight.
Another good race...at least for some! Lewis is heavy on experience nowadays, I suspect others are getting there on raw speed (in the dry) but his strategic head is amazing. Lando should really come on now with confidence, he’s earned it. Albion needs to find a more clever way to overtake or defend....somehow he’s inviting contact.
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The Mercedes engined cars dominated with Mercedes and Racing Point occupying the top 4 positions. Shoutout to Russell for getting 12th, too.
Times 1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:13.447 2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 0.107s 3 Lance Stroll Racing Point 0.930s 4 Sergio Perez Racing Point 1.098s 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1.327s 6 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1.370s 7 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1.402s 8 Lando Norris McLaren 1.519s 9 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1.580s 10 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri no time 11 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:15.661 12 George Russell Williams 1:15.698 13 Alex Albon Red Bull 1:15.715 14 Esteban Ocon Renault 1:15.742 15 Nicholas Latifi Williams 1:16.544 16 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:16.152 17 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri 1:16.204 18 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:16.407 19 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing 1:16.506 20 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing 1:16.614
Absolutely phenomenal effort by the Red Bull team to fix Verstappen's car on the grid after his accident on the warm-up lap. I've never seen or heard of a steering arm being replaced so fast on an F1 car. Respect.
Majestic win by Hamilton to put him at the top of the standings, including an extra point for fastest lap.
Result 1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 2 Max Verstappen Red Bull 8.702s 3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 9.452s 4 Lance Stroll Racing Point 57.579s 5 Alex Albon Red Bull 77.211 6 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1 LAP 7 Sergio Perez Racing Point 1 LAP 8 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1 LAP 9 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1 LAP 10 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1 LAP 11 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1 LAP 12 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri 1 LAP 13 Lando Norris McLaren 1 LAP 14 Esteban Ocon Renault 1 LAP 15 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing 1 LAP 16 Romain Grosjean Haas 1 LAP 17 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing 1 LAP 18 George Russell Williams 1 LAP 19 Nicholas Latifi Williams 5 LAPS
Gosh, that was a close call. Hamilton was lucky, Bottas and Sainz not so lucky and Verstappen very unlucky indeed. Tyres in next week's Silverstone are going to be getting a lot of attention.
Result 1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 2 Max Verstappen Red Bull 5.856s 3 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 18.474s 4 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 19.650s 5 Lando Norris McLaren 22.277s 6 Esteban Ocon Renault 26.937s 7 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 31.188s 8 Alex Albon Red Bull 32.670s 9 Lance Stroll Racing Point 37.311s 10 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 41.857s 11 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 42.167s 12 George Russell Williams 52.004s 13 Carlos Sainz McLaren 53.370s 14 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing 54.205s 15 Nicholas Latifi Williams 54.549s 16 Romain Grosjean Haas 55.050s 17 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing 1 LAP
Did not finish Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri crash Kevin Magnussen Haas crash
Bottas just gets pole, Hulkenberg 3rd! Good for him.
Times 1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:25.154 2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 0.063s 3 Nico Hulkenberg Racing Point 0.928s 4 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1.022s 5 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1.143s 6 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1.274s 7 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 1.380s 8 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1.460s 9 Alex Albon Red Bull 1.515s 10 Lando Norris McLaren 1.624s 11 Esteban Ocon Renault 1:27.011 12 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:27.078 13 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1:27.083 14 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:27.254 15 George Russell Williams 1:27.455 16 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri 1:27.882 17 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:28.236 18 Nicholas Latifi Williams 1:28.430 19 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing 1:28.433 20 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing
Terrific win for Verstappen. He and Red Bull got the strategy just right to get ahead of Bottas - then in the lead. Later, Hamilton got past Bottas, too, who must be feeling that he's seen this all before. Well done Hulkenberg for getting 7th. Wonder if we'll ever see him in an F1 car again?
Result 1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 11.326s 3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 19.231s 4 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 29.289s 5 Alex Albon Red Bull 39.146s 6 Lance Stroll Racing Point 42.538s 7 Nico Hulkenberg Racing Point 55.951s 8 Esteban Ocon Renault 64.773s 9 Lando Norris McLaren 65.544s 10 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri 69.669s 11 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 70.642s 12 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 73.370s 13 Carlos Sainz McLaren 74.070s 14 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1 LAP 15 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing 1 LAP 16 Romain Grosjean Haas 1 LAP 17 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing 1 LAP 18 George Russell Williams 1 LAP 19 Nicholas Latifi Williams 1 LAP
It was a good win but the tyres are as random for the teams as sudden downpours of rain. It's all a bit contrived. The puppet master wants a championship. On a reliable playingfield there would not be one. Merc are streets ahead. We know that. Pirelli came with softer tyres, but increased the pressures a lot. The tyre pressure late change mean the teams have to change lots of things, spring rates, set up etc etc. If Merc could have set their own pressures, they could have won on a 3 or perhaps even 4 stop, if necessary 🙄 It irks the engineer in me (as does DRS), that it should have come to this. From a liven it up a bit pov, it's okay.
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