Max Verstappen delivered Red Bull’s first victory at Silverstone since 2012 on Sunday.© AFP
Max Verstappen delivered Red Bull’s first victory at Silverstone since 2012 on Sunday when he made probably the most of a superior technique in scorching situations to beat each Mercedes and declare victory within the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix. It was the Dutchman’s first victory of the season after Mercedes had gained all 4 season-opening races and the ninth of his profession. “I think we did everything perfectly today,” he mentioned. “Thank you.”
His crew boss Christian Horner responded with a crew in-joke: “That was brilliant…. fully-sanitised.”
Verstappen owed his victory to a crew choice to begin the race on onerous compound tyres whereas his predominant rivals all launched from the grid on ‘mediums’, the 2 Mercedes males struggling to handle tyre-wear all through the race.
Verstappen gained by 11.326 seconds forward of drivers standings chief and six-time champion Lewis Hamilton who handed Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas within the closing phases. The Finn completed third.
“I didn’t see that coming, but after the first stint it seemed we were really good on tyres. I didn’t have any tyre issues at all – a great day for us,” mentioned the Dutch star.
Hamilton mentioned: “That was a massive challenge, but congratulations to Red Bull. It was definitely unexpected to have the blistering as hard core as that.”
Bottas, who began from pole, mentioned: “Very frustrating for me, to start from pole and finish third… It’s not ideal and I think that as a team we were sleeping at some points in the race. My strategy was far from ideal.”
Hamilton’s podium end meant he equalled Michael Schumacher’s profession file of 155 podium finishes. It was additionally his record-extending 38th factors scoring end in a row.
Charles Leclerc got here house fourth after a sterling drive for Ferrari forward of Alex Albon within the second Red Bull, Lance Stroll and his Racing Point team-mate Nico Hulkenberg.
Esteban Ocon completed eighth for Renault forward of Lando Norris of McLaren and Daniil Kvyat of Alpha Tauri.
This was the primary time a race had been gained by a driver who didn’t begin on pole place in seven races since final yr’s Mexican Grand Prix.
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