Lewis Hamilton wins the British GP

Lewis Hamilton wins the British GP
Lewis Hamilton wins the British GP

The unpredictable weather in the UK, coupled with the changes to the grid by the teams following the introduction of improvements to the cars, have made Silverstone a race that has once again provided the best spectacle in Formula 1.

A season that is already leaving us 6 different winners by the halfway point of the 2024 stages. The most successful champion in history, Lewis Hamilton, has once again shone on home soil. Mercedes had already conquered Silverstone on Saturday with George Russell taking pole position, but unfortunately in this case, despite having maintained the lead at the start, he was unable to cross the finish line and had to retire his car on lap 34 due to a failure in the hydraulic system. This does not detract from the victory of the seven-time world champion, who had gone 945 days without winning a Grand Prix. A victory, the last for the English driver at Silverstone in the black suit, which leaves Mercedes with a good taste in their mouths and a desire for more.

The team’s technical director, James Allison declared: “How could we have been so stupid?” referring to not having identified earlier what was wrong with the W15. The Brackley team has finally found the balance that was missing at the start of the season and is now a candidate to be a threat to McLaren and Red Bull.

Max Verstappen and Lando Norris rounded out the podium at the British Grand Prix. The Dutchman had a very anonymous weekend with low performance, but Red Bull, as always, got the strategy right and in a race where it seemed he would not get past fourth, Verstappen finished second by changing from intermediate to hard tyres to do the last stint without rain and pass Norris. The current world champion thus gets essential points to remain leader in the drivers’ and constructors’ championship, where the situation becomes increasingly difficult with a Sergio Pérez absent (he finished 17th) and with his barely signed two-year contract already in doubt.

Failed strategies at McLaren

Lando Norris, for his part, started third and lost position to Verstappen in the first corners. A position that he would later regain. in a much softer duel with the Dutchman than the one we saw at the Austrian GPwith a move by Verstappen that cost Norris his retirement. In this case the MCL38 was far superior to Max’s RB20 and the overtaking was clean. Shortly afterwards, a duel between the Mercedes allowed Lando to close in on both of them and take first place. From here, the race looked like a cakewalk, but several strategy errors cost them the victory.

The first was with the arrival of rain, having to go through the pits to change to intermediates on lap 27. McLaren decided not to do a double pit stop with Norris and Piastri who were first and second less than a second apart at the time, sacrificing the Australian driver. Piastri maintained a good pace for the rest of the race, which would have allowed him to reach the podium or even finish second.

With the end of the rain and the forced tyre change, the Woking team made the second mistake, which cost them Lando’s first position. A slow pit stop caused Norris to lose the position to Hamilton, who had stopped on the previous lap, but above all The choice of a used soft tyre instead of a new medium did not allow the young Englishman not only to not regain the lead, but to lose second position to Verstappen in the final laps, while his teammate was flying on the medium tyres.

Carlos Sainz could only finish fifth at Silverstone. / @Scuderia Ferrari

Tough weekend for Sainz and Alonso

If any team has suffered at Silverstone, it has been Ferrari. Carlos Sainz could not improve on a fifth position, the best the Italians could hope for this weekend, and at least he took the fastest lap on the final lap after being able to pit for soft tyres at the last minute due to his gap with Nico Hulkenberg.

Charles Leclerc, who finished 14th, could not say the same. The Maranello-based team did not get any strategy right with the Monegasque driver who was already starting 11th after a poor qualifying. The package of improvements introduced in Barcelona does not work for Ferrari, who has returned to the old Imola configuration with the SF-24 this weekend.

Alonso, for his part, continues an anonymous season due to the limited opportunities he has at Aston Martin. Even for them, and even more drastically than at Ferrari, the improvements have not worked. In this case, Fernando finished eighth in the points, with his teammate Lance Stroll in seventh place. @mundiario

 
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