Max Verstappen gets Mercedes small and records first season victory | formula 1


Mercedes can still be beat. After 4 victories in a row, the team did not win in Formula 1 once. Max Verstappen broke through the hegemony of the Germans with a separate tire strategy. The Dutchman sent his Red Bull to victory in the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Start: Verstappen from 4 to 3

Last week we got to see some spectacle at Silverstone only in the very last laps, today the drivers changed positions faster.

Max Verstappen immediately took number 3 Nico Hülkenberg in the first hectometers.

Verstappen: “Don’t race like a grandma”

Just like last Sunday, the tires played a leading role at the Silverstone circuit. With hard rubber, Verstappen quickly chased the Mercedes duo Hamilton-Bottas.

Red Bull tried to temper Verstappen, but the Dutchman was not interested. “Come on, now we’ll keep on following Mercedes,” he replied. “I’m not going to drive like my grandmother.”

Bottas and Hamilton switch, Verstappen not

Mercedes had started with medium tires and had to come in for the harder version for half an hour. Verstappen laughed into his sleeve. He continued to race and took first place.

Short stint Verstappen

It was only halfway through the race that Verstappen went for new tires. He did not ride around on the mediums for long. After a few laps, the 22-year-old racer had the hard shoes fitted to his Red Bull again.

A smart strategy that earned him his first season win. Bottas (Austria), Hamilton (Styria, Hungary and Great Britain) had won the first races, now they were beaten by Verstappen.

“It was a good day with the right strategy,” said our northern neighbor. “We put pressure on Mercedes so they had to go into the pits.”

Hamilton still finishes 2nd

In the final laps Hamilton passed teammate and pole sitter Bottas. For example, the damage was limited for the world champion who remains authoritarian in the World Cup, for Verstappen and Bottas.

“First and foremost I want to congratulate Red Bull and Max (Verstappen, red)”, Hamilton said. “They didn’t have to deal with the ties like us. So there’s work to be done for the team.”

Next weekend the Formula 1 drivers will race in the Barcelona area. Two weeks later, the Spa-Francorchamps circuit is the setting for race 7 of the separate 2020 season.

Results 70th Anniversary Grand Prix
1.Max Verstappen (Ned-Red Bull)
2.Lewis Hamilton (GBr-Mercedes)at 11 “326
3.Valtteri Bottas (Fin-Mercedes)19″231
4.Charles Leclerc (Mon-Ferrari)29″289
5.Alexander Albon (Tha-Red Bull)39″146
6.Lance Stroll (Can-Racing Point)42″538
7.Nico Hülkenberg (Dui-Racing Point)55″951
8.Esteban Ocon (Fra-Renault)1’04″773
9.Lando Norris (GBr-McLaren)1’05″544
10.Daniil Kvijat (Rus-AlphaTauri)1’09″669
11.Pierre Gasly (Fra-AlphaTauri)1’10″642
12.Sebastian Vettel (Two-Ferrari)1’13″370
13.Carlos Sainz jr. (Spa-McLaren)1’14″070
14.Daniel Ricciardo (Aus-Renault)1 round
15.Kimi Raikkonen (Fin-Alfa Romeo)1 round
16.Romain Grosjean (Fra-Haas)1 round
17.Antonio Giovinazzi (Ita-Alfa Romeo)1 round
18.George Russell (GBr-Williams)1 round
19.Nicholas Latifi (Can-Williams)1 round
Kevin Magnussen (Den-Haas)DNF

70th Anniversary Grand Prix

The 5th race of the season had a different name. 70 years ago, the very first Formula 1 World Championship was on the racing calendar. The 1950 season started at the Silverstone circuit. That is why the grand prix was also called the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix today.


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