RACE DEBRIEF

    Lewis Hamilton broke records at Silverstone as the championship leader secured his sixth British Grand Prix victory and ninth podium, the most of any F1 driver in history at the oldest race meeting on the calendar. Hamilton’s 80th career win also puts him level with Alain Prost for the most victories in front of a home crowd, something he will aim to better in 2020.

    • Valtteri Bottas led early on until a safety-car period scuppered his chances of victory. The Finn came home in second at Silverstone for the third time in his career but helped continue Mercedes strong results at the historic airfield circuit. The Silver Arrows secured their third 1-2 in five British Grand Prix starts while the team also recorded their 51st lockout of the top 2 positions.

    • After some strong promise in qualifying on Saturday, Ferrari struggled on Sunday. Charles Leclerc got embroiled in a tough battle with Max Verstapopen early on which delayed the Monagasque’s push to the front. Leclerc may not have won his first Grand Prix, but a third place finish is his fourth of the season which is the longest current run in F1.

    • Pierre Gasly had trailed Max Verstappen for 98% of the 2019 season before today, but had a superb Silverstone weekend to secure fourth, his joint best F1 finish. Verstappen extended his run of top 5 finishes to 19 consecutive races after recovering from the gravel after his incident with Sebastian Vettel.

    2019 British GP
    SILVERSTONE, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 14: Carlos Sainz Jr., McLaren MCL34 during the British GP at Silverstone on July 14, 2019 in Silverstone, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dom Romney / LAT Images)
    • McLaren headed into their home Grand Prix off the back of strong weekends in France and Austria that saw them top the midfield battle, something they did again at Silverstone. Carlos Sainz came through from P13 on the grid to finish sixth to secure the team's fourth top 6 result from the last five races.

    • Renault may have failed to beat their midfield rivals for the third consecutive race, but it was a good day for Nico Hulkenberg, who extended his Silverstone points-scoring run to seven. The German stole the final point in the race's dying moments as Toro Rosso’s Alexander Albon fell back late on.

    • While team mate Antonio Giovanazzi retired, Kimi Raikkonen moved up the field and secured his 14th points finish in 15 British Grand Prix starts. The Alfa Romeo driver took P8 as he just held on from a fast-charging Daniil Kvyat.

    • Kvyat suffered his third consecutive Q1 elimination in qualifying, but bounced back in spectacular fashion to beat team mate Albon for the sixth time in 2019.

    • Contact with each other on the opening lap saw Haas’s day come to a premature end. It’s the team's first double DNF since Australia in 2018, while Romain Grosjean has now suffered five retirements this season, more than any other driver on the grid.