The pilot British Lewis hamilton (Mercedes) has been imposed this Sunday in the Grand Prix of Great Britain from Formula 1, marked by the serious accident of the ‘poleman’ Max verstappen (Red Bull) in the first lap it cost 10 second penalty to English, while the Spanish Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) and Fernando Alonso (Alpine) have finished sixth and seventh, respectively.
Despite the 10-second penalty with which he was penalized by Race Direction for his incident with the World Championship leader, who had to abandon the tenth round of the championship, Hamilton managed to win for the eighth time in Silverstone, packed with 140,000 fans.
All after completing a spectacular comeback and surpassing Charles Leclerc (Ferrari), then the leader, just two laps to go, preventing the ‘Scuderia’ first victory since 2019. Thus, he adds his fourth win of the year and cuts 25 points to Verstappen.
Leclerc himself and the Finn Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) completed the podium, while Britain’s Lando Norris (McLaren) and Australian Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren) closed the ‘Top 5’. For his part, Sainz said goodbye to his podium options after a poor pit stop, while Alonso was able to retain his starting position achieved after his fantastic performance in Saturday’s sprint race.
The end of the first lap at Silverstone had not yet been reached when the alarms went off. Verstappen, ‘poleman’ After dominating the exciting sprint race on Saturday, he had an exciting fight with the current world champion during the first curves, many of them in parallel, until they both reached one of the mythical curves of the English track, Copse.
With both running at almost 300 km / h, the dutch pilot, who entered the curve from the outside, collided with the left front wheel of the British car with the position gained; Verstappen lost control of his car, which lost one of its wheels, and suffered a brutal impact against the protections.
After several seconds of uncertainty and with a red flag on the track, Verstappen was able to leave the vehicle helped by the commissioners, apparently uninjured but visibly stunned and shocked. As a precaution, he was taken by ambulance to the hospital to undergo a medical examination.
Race Direction decided to sanction Hamilton with a 10-second penalty, while the race was relaunched from the grid. The Monegasque Charles Leclerc (Ferrari), the great beneficiary of the pique between the first two of the championship, defended his first place to go on to command the test.
Behind Hamilton, the British Lando Norris (McLaren) managed to position third after passing Finn Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes), and Alonso sat seventh, with Sainz behind. In the fifth lap of the English circuit, the Madrilenian managed to overcome him.
Hamilton pitted on lap 28 to serve a penalty, coming out just behind Norris. Shortly after, it was Sainz who passed through garages, but a poor 12-second stop hampered his career, in which he had managed to place third; on joining, he was overtaken by Australian Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren) and relegated to fourth place.
After beating Norris, Hamilton found no opposition at Bottas, ten laps from the end, to take second. Only Leclerc was ahead, and the Englishman’s car had much more rhythm on the hard tire; After several laps of pursuit and cutting him a second per lap, he managed to pass him with just two laps to go amid the ruckus from the maddened Silverstone bleachers. With this result, he cuts 25 points from the still leader Max Verstappen, now only eight points.