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