British GP: Hamilton Dominates as Verstappen Frustrates Rosberg

Ryan Ashenhurst
Ryan Ashenhurst
Ryan Ashenhurst
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Lewis Hamilton won the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, marking his 4th victory of the season and 4th Silverstone win, matching Nigel Mansell’s record. Verstappen proved himself a wet weather warrior, managing to keep Rosberg at bay for most of the race, the flying Dutchman was also fastest early on as he risked most on a drying track. Β 

The race started under safety car as a downpour ensued as the cars where wheeled to the grid. The conditions seemed to benefit Hamilton and Verstappen the most. Hamilton quickly pulled out a five-second lead in the opening few laps as Verstappen hassled Nico Rosberg.

One of the moves of the season came later on, Max followed Rosberg through maggots and then overtook the Mercedes around the outside. F1 cars aren’t supposed to be able to overtake there, but Verstappen balanced his Red Bull through the eye of a needle and pulled it off.

Hamilton was ultimately untouchable this weekend, and the driver standings see Rosberg’s lead reduce to just 4 points as it stands. Rosberg managed to get past Verstappen again as he struggled with rear tyre degradation, but the German had a gearbox issue with five laps to go and the Mercedes pit-wall gave the German very specific instructions over radio. This is a regulation breach and will be investigated after the race. A potential penalty could see Verstappen claim 2nd and the gap between the Mercedes duo reduce to a single point in the standings.

Elsewhere, McLaren and Williams were pointless and Force India were the next best team behind the Mercedes and Red Bull. Perez managed a solid 6th with Hulkenberg 7th.

Ferrari were dreadful and snappy all weekend, the balance on their car woeful. Raikkonen managed 5th and Vettel had an uninspiring run to 9th. There was also a huge amount of drifting this weekend, especially at turn one. It looked like an aquaplaning festival at times.

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