2019 Formula 1 British Grand Prix Recap

The 2019 British Grand Prix saw Lewis Hamilton claim victory ahead of his teammate Valtteri Bottas, which also meant Hamilton extended his lead in the championship. They were joined by Charles Leclerc who had a memorable battle with Max Verstappen on his way to his fourth consecutive podium finish.

Rivalries

There were two on track battles during the race that were captivating.

The first was at the start between the two Mercedes drivers as Lewis Hamilton pressured Valtteri Bottas. Unfortunately this battle wasn’t allowed to develop throughout the entire race as a safety car period moved the two drivers onto different tyre compounds for the remainder of the Grand Prix.

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The other was a continuation from the Austrian Grand Prix between Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen. Although not for the lead, the two battled during the race with Verstappen once again on the attack. The two served up incredible entertainment as Leclerc kept Verstappen at bay in a fight for third along with Vettel and Gasly.

Verstappen’s misfortune is Gasly’s gain

The fight between the Ferraris and Red Bulls was engrossing during the Grand Prix as Verstappen did battle with Leclerc and Vettel, while Gasly was behind the trio until being brought into the fight thanks to a safety car period.

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Gasly had his best result of 2019 at Silverstone, finishing fourth, which also matched his best result from 2018. Although he was gifted fourth to a certain extent once Vettel had crashed into the back of Verstappen.

Elsewhere on the track

It was another strong showing from McLaren who were able to finish as the best of the midfield thanks to Carlos Sainz keeping Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo at bay to hold onto sixth.

Speaking of Renault, it was a good weekend for the French team as they recorded only their second double points finish of 2019 as Ricciardo claimed seventh while Hulkenberg finished in tenth.

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Also in the midfield, Toro Rosso managed to claim their first points finish since Canada thanks to Daniil Kvyat finishing ninth while Alfa Romeo also scored points thanks to Kimi Raikkonen’s eighth place finish.

It was another weekend to forget however for both Haas F1 and Racing Point as both Haas cars were forced into retirement early on in the race while the Racing Point cars finished outside of the points for the third consecutive Grand Prix.

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Due in part to three retirements during the race and thanks to Vettel’s ten second penalty for colliding into the back of Verstappen, the British Grand Prix was Williams Racing’s best result of the 2019 season as George Russell finished fourteenth while Kubica was classified fifteenth.

Where next for Formula 1?

Formula 1 will return to action in a couple of weeks time when it goes to Hockenheim for the German Grand Prix.

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