Hamilton wins historic 7th British Grand Prix amid late tyre chaos: 2020 British Grand Prix Review

The British Grand Prix has been run at Silverstone for 33 years and it never fails to deliver a dramatic race weekend. We saw a dramatic late return to F1 for Nico Hulkenberg after Sergio Perez tested positive for coronavirus just coming into the weekend. On the track, there were plenty of spins, the lap record kept tumbling in Qualifying but the ultimate talking point after the Grand Prix was the tyres after a host of tyre deflations. That is where this review will begin.

Tyre manufacturer Pirelli has a mixed relationship with Silverstone and that revealed itself again in the final stages. Daniil Kvyat had already crashed out earlier in the race to bring out the second Safety car after a rear right tyre deflation before Valtteri Bottas suffered a similar deflation on the front left. Carlos Sainz too suffered a suffer deflation and the race leader, Lewis Hamilton, on the final lap. Hamilton managed to get it to the finish line, I don’t know how he did it. This is not the first time though. 2017 saw the Ferrari’s of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel suffer late deflations in quick succession while in 2013, no less than six drivers suffered tyre blowouts. read more

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Last weekend saw history in Formula One. On his 200th Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton equalled the 68 career pole position record set by Michael Schumacher with an incredible performance and setting the new track record for Spa-Francorchamps along the way. In the race, Hamilton was equally supreme in keeping the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel behind as the four-time World Champion was never more than 2 seconds behind him throughout. Championships the frustrations of Fernando Alonso and Max Verstappen was evident in the early stages. The latter suffered his 6th mechanical DNF of the season as his car simply lost power. The former, felt the sinking feeling of a lack of power in his Honda engine as car after car found their way past him with the Spaniard telling his team to leave him alone at one stage. The Force India drivers were the major talking point. They had already banged wheels on the slope down to Eau Rouge on the opening lap when the collided again on lap 29. Sergio Perez tried to block his teammate getting past but succeeded in picking up a rear right tyre puncture and front wing damage for his Esteban Ocon. The contact and resulting debris brought out the Safety Car which became the defining moment of the race.

Lewis Hamilton takes the chequered flag to win the Belgian Grand Prix [Image from The Guardian]
Lewis Hamilton takes the chequered flag to win the Belgian Grand Prix [Image from The Guardian]

From the restart, Hamilton did well to defend from Vettel who picked up a tow after climbing Eau Rouge and almost had the move done. However, the Mercedes man held the inside line very well indeed. Kevin Magnussen squandered a points scoring position by locking up under braking at the restart and running wide. Daniel Ricciardo meanwhile, was the big winner. The Red Bull looked comfortable for 5th before hand. At the restart, he drove daringly to pass both Kimi Raikkonen and Valtteri Bottas along the straight up to Las Combes and took 3rd place. He managed to hold on for the podium; Renault. Lewis Hamilton took the chequered flag to win on his 200th Grand Prix start. He became only the fourth driver to do so after Michael Schumacher (2004 European Grand Prix), Jenson Button (2011 Hungarian Grand Prix) and Nico Rosberg (2016 Singapore Grand Prix). read more

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F1 certainly came back with a bang! The Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps last weekend had controversy, turn 1 chaos, safety cars a red flag and much more as the weekend delivered a worth spectacle. The only thing that was missing was the unpredictable weather of Spa but then again; maybe raining at one part of the circuit and bone dry at the other is too predictable for Spa as last weekend the track temperatures were unusually hot.

Nico Rosberg celebrated victory in Belgum last weekend but how much will he be ruing Lewis Hamilton's 3rd position come the end of the season?
Nico Rosberg celebrated victory in Belgum last weekend but how much will he be ruing Lewis Hamilton’s 3rd position come the end of the season?

Nico Rosberg won the incident filled race from pole position uninterrupted from start to finish despite the chaos ensuing behind him. He did all he could do last weekend to hurt his team mates Championship lead. However, the chaos and mayhem bringing out the safety car twice helped Lewis hamilton to score a podium finish having started 21st after serving a 55 place grid penalty for new engine parts which most people in F1 knew were coming at some point. The result meant Hamilton retained his Championship lead albeit having been reduced to 9 points. While Max Verstappen was accused of dangerous driving and causing mayhem; team mate Daniel Ricciardo went about his work quietly to finish 2nd for the second in time in as many races. Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez finished 4th and 5th to give Force India 4th in the constructors Championship; leapfrogging Williams who caused some controversy of their own having used team orders to ensure Valtteri Bottas finished ahead of veteran Felipe Massa. Fernando Alonso finished an incredible 7th to help McLaren take 6th place in the Constructors from Torro Rosso having started the race plum last. Meanwhile, Kevin Magnusson suffered the most notable incident having lost control of his Renault at the top of Eau Rouge bringing doubts over his participation this weekend. read more