F1 Grand Prix Review: British Grand Prix

F1 Grand Prix Review: British Grand Prix

Qualifying

The cards reshuffled… Well. Slightly. Lewis Hamilton took a slightly less than convincing pole position on Saturday. Though he scored his third straight pole in Britain, Lewis could only claim this one by a mere tenth of a second from Nico Rosberg.

Over half a second down the road and filling the second row were both Williams cars, creating an almost-fairy tale effort for the racing veterans. Shortly after them came both Ferrari’s, this time in a particular order with Raikkonen leading the red front.

Red Bull slotted in with Kvyat being the shining star for the Milton Keynes bunch. He lead junior team driver Carlos Sainz to seventh.

Nico Hulkenberg claimed ninth in his “B-Spec” car. Following him came the second Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo.

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1. Lewis Hamilton      GBR    Mercedes-Mercedes    1m 32.248s
2. Nico Rosberg          GER    Mercedes-Mercedes    1m 32.361s
3. Felipe Massa           BRZ    Williams-Mercedes     1m 33.085s
4. Valtteri Bottas        FIN     Williams-Mercedes     1m 33.149s
5. Kimi Raikkonen      FIN     Ferrari-Ferrari              1m 33.379s
6. Sebastian Vettel      GER    Ferrari-Ferrari              1m 33.547s
7. Daniil Kvyat           RUS    Red Bull-Renault        1m 33.636s
8. Carlos Sainz Jr        ESP     Toro Rosso-Renault    1m 33.649s
9. Nico Hulkenberg     GER    Force India-Mercedes 1m 33.673s
10. Daniel Ricciardo   AUS    Red Bull-Renault        1m 33.943s
11. Sergio Perez          MEX   Force India-Mercedes 1m 34.268s
12. Romain Grosjean  FRA    Lotus-Mercedes          1m 34.289s
13. Max Verstappen    NED    Toro Rosso-Renault    1m 34.502s
14. Pastor Maldonado VEN    Lotus-Mercedes          1m 34.511s
15. Marcus Ericsson    SWE    Sauber-Ferrari             1m 34.868s
16. Felipe Nasr            BRZ    Sauber-Ferrari             1m 34.888s
17. Fernando Alonso  ESP     McLaren-Honda         1m 34.959s
18. Jenson Button       GBR    McLaren-Honda         1m 35.207s
19. Will Stevens          GBR    Manor Marussia          1m 37.364s
20. Roberto Merhi       ESP     Manor Marussia          1m 39.377s

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Race

The Shakespearian tale of drama, ploy, tragedy and triumph. The stars were meant to have aligned. Lewis was supposed have a good start and dominate the race. But no, the universe had something else in store. Both Williams cars slipped their clutches perfectly and before the end of the first lap, Frank’s cars were up front.

The Martini liveried cars were leading one-two for roughly a third of the full race distance. However, key decisions over team orders prevented Bottas from taking his leading teammate and vanishing ahead into the British heat of the day.

The Mercedes lads were consistently behind the Williams boys, quietly nibbling at their heels. A well planned pit stop from Hamilton  saw his Silver Arrows enter the pits for a change of tyres before either Williams driver. His stealthy in and out laps catapulted him to the front where he gained control of his hoe race.

A series of showers scattered around the Silverstone track held everyone’s breath captive. “To pit, or not to pit?” Was the question.

In the end, the ultimate victors were final winner Lewis Hamilton, second in line Nico Rosberg, and strangely, the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel.

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POS. DRIVER COUNTRY TEAM TIME POINTS
1 LEWIS HAMILTON GBR MERCEDES 1:31:27.729 25
2 NICO ROSBERG GER MERCEDES +10.956s 18
3 SEBASTIAN VETTEL GER FERRARI +25.443s 15
4 FELIPE MASSA BRA WILLIAMS +36.839s 12
5 VALTTERI BOTTAS FIN WILLIAMS +63.194s 10
6 DANIIL KVYAT RUS RED BULL +63.955s 8
7 NICO HULKENBERG GER FORCE INDIA +78.744s 6
8 KIMI RÄIKKÖNEN FIN FERRARI +1 lap 4
9 SERGIO PEREZ MEX FORCE INDIA +1 lap 2
10 FERNANDO ALONSO ESP MCLAREN +1 lap 1
11 MARCUS ERICSSON SWE SAUBER +1 lap 0
12 ROBERTO MERHI ESP MARUSSIA +3 laps 0
13 WILL STEVENS GBR MARUSSIA +3 laps 0
RT CARLOS SAINZ ESP TORO ROSSO DNF 0
RT DANIEL RICCIARDO AUS RED BULL DNF 0
RT MAX VERSTAPPEN NED TORO ROSSO DNF 0
RT ROMAIN GROSJEAN FRA LOTUS DNF 0
RT PASTOR MALDONADO VEN LOTUS DNF 0
RT JENSON BUTTON GBR MCLAREN DNF 0
RT FELIPE NASR BRA SAUBER DNS 0

Fastest lap – Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 1m 37.093s (lap 29)

 

Dane Hansen

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I am an avid freelance Formula 1 writer and blogger. My writings are diverse and range from historical insights, to thorough and exciting analysis of the modern era and the topics that come with it. I am also able to take in requests from readers that wish to gain vision into particular stories. All are welcome. I encourage constructive criticism and conversation in comments or via email. My passion for the world’s fastest show consumes my daily efforts and I am always enthused to write about the sport I love most. Even as a pundit, I too have a curiosity and am always ready to learn more about an ever expanding sport.

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