Max Verstappen Wins 70th Anniversary Scorcher

Max Verstappen executed the perfect alternative strategy to clinch victory in F1's 70 Anniversary Grand Prix. (Image credit: Mark Thompson/Getty Images/Red Bull Content Pool)

Red Bull ended a eight race Silverstone drought as Max Verstappen executed the alternative strategy to win a hot 70th Anniversary Grand Prix. 

Having begun on hard tyres whilst rest of front runners started on softs on a track soaked in temperatures of over 40 degrees, Verstappen soon placed Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton under pressure as he ran long until his first stop at end of lap 26. 

Verstappen re-joined alongside Bottas but quickly reclaimed the lead with an outside move around Luffield, before calmly controlling the race to take victory, after Hamilton made his second stop. 

Verstappen commented post-race on his win as a “great result” for the team whilst expressing surprise at the fact that he “didn’t have many tyre issues at all.”

Hamilton ultimately finished second ahead of Bottas as Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc executed an one stop strategy to finish fourth, ahead of Alex Albon and the two Racing Point cars of Lance Stroll and Nico Hulkenberg. 

Renault’s Esteban Ocon recovered from 14th position on grid to finish eighth ahead of Lando Norris and Daniil Kvyat who rounded out the top ten. 

Hamilton however still leads the drivers’ championship by 30 points as Verstappen moved above Bottas into second position with his win, whilst Sergio Perez sits eighth despite missing the last two rounds as he self-isolated after a positive COVID-19 test. 

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Bottas got a clean start ahead of Hamilton as Verstappen blasted past Hulkenberg to settle into third, as Sebastian Vettel spun at the first corner after suffering wheelspin on his hard tyres. 

Hamilton proceeded to push Bottas in the opening stages but both drivers who fell into the clutches of Verstappen, who had qualified from Q2 on hard tyres with Bottas pitting first ahead of Hamilton at end of laps 13 and 14 respectively. 

Verstappen soon began to push and opened up an over 18 second gap on Bottas by his  pit stop for mediums at end of lap 26, only for a slow right rear fitting to hinder his stop as Verstappen re-joined just behind Bottas. 

Bottas’ tyres however were in poor shape which allowed Verstappen to sweep around the outside of Luffield to retake the lead and push until he and Bottas pitted six laps later for fresh hard tyres. 

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Vettel meanwhile complained to Ferrari about their tyre strategy putting him in traffic against competitive midfield drivers, with the German eventually finishing 12th to cap off a disastrous ten days around Silverstone. 

Hamilton meanwhile stayed out for nine further laps, which consequently handed Verstappen the lead and eventual victory, ending a eight race winless drought around Silverstone since Mark Webber won the 2012 British Grand Prix for Red Bull. 

Hamilton once pitted unleashed a charge on the one-stopping Leclerc and soon got through for a record equalling 155th podium with a move up the inside of Stowe on lap 45, before setting off in pursuit of Bottas.

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Bottas was instructed by to race Hamilton cleanly but conceded second into Brooklands as the Brit on fresher tyres got DRS along Wellington Straight to help him make the move round the outside of Bottas. 

Further down the order, Albon recovered from an early pit stop to finish fifth with various moves through Copse as Stroll and Hulkenberg completed the top seven, ahead of Ocon who fended off Norris and Kvyat for eighth. 

 

Race Result

Position Driver Team Laps Time
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 52 1h 19.41.993
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 52 + 11.326
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 52 + 19.231
4 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 52 + 29.289
5 Alex Albon Red Bull 52 + 39.146
6 Lance Stroll Racing Point 52 + 42.538
7 Nico Hulkenberg Racing Point 52 + 55.951
8 Esteban Ocon Renault 52 + 64.773
9 Lando Norris McLaren 52 + 65.544
10 Daniil Kvyat Alpha Tauri 52 + 69.669
11 Pierre Gasly Alpha Tauri 52 + 70.642
12 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 52 + 73.370
13 Carlos Sainz McLaren 51 + 74.070
14 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 51 + 1 Lap
15 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo 51 + 1 Lap
16 Romain Grosjean Haas 51 + 1 Lap
17 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 51 + 1 Lap
18 George Russell Williams 51 + 1 Lap
19 Nicholas Latifi Williams 51 + 1 Lap
20 Kevin Magnussen Haas 44 Vibration

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