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VIDEO: The best onboard action from Britain

18 Jul 2017

From start to finish, Sunday's British Grand Prix was filled with exciting action. Here's our pick of some of the must-see moments - all from the driver's perspective...

Ferraris hit tyre trouble in exactly same spot

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Pirelli’s immediate analysis of the tyre woes suffered by Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel at the end of the British Grand Prix may have suggested they were caused by different issues, but there was an eerie similarity to when the two drivers hit trouble. As our side-by-side edit shows, both Ferraris were at the end of the Wellington Straight and entering Brooklands when the problems with their left-fronts occurred, with tread departing the tyre in Raikkonen’s case and the tyre deflating altogether in Vettel’s. “It caught us both by surprise,” Vettel said later. Them and the millions of people watching…

 

A worrying trend continues for Kvyat

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Daniil Kvyat’s opening lap travails have made him a regular fixture in these articles recently – just over three weeks ago we highlighted how his near miss of Felipe Massa at the start in Azerbaijan ultimately led to team mate Carlos Sainz spinning. Last week it was his misjudgement under braking that skittled Max Verstappen and Fernando Alonso out at the first corner in Austria. What the Russian didn’t need in Britain then was another first-lap issue, which makes it all the more hard to explain why, with 50 laps of the race still remaining, he took such a big chance in trying to pass Sainz through Silverstone’s quickest section. Kvyat may have accused the Spaniard of turning in on him, but as this damning side-by-side video shows, Sainz did very little wrong…

 

Verstappen vs Vettel part 1

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Given his recent run of retirements and bad luck, you might have expected Max Verstappen to take a more circumspect approach in the British Grand Prix. But right from the off it was clear the Dutchman would not be holding back. As this three-way view shows, Verstappen got a fantastic getaway, but his attempts to challenge Kimi Raikkonen at Turn 2 enabled the other Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel to sneak back ahead. However, when the German was then rebuffed by his Finnish team mate at Turn 3 Verstappen pounced once more with a brave move around the outside through Turn 4. Thankfully for the neutrals watching, the move would prove the prelude to an even more entertaining battle.

 

Verstappen vs Vettel part 2

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Max Verstappen has caught criticism from his fellow drivers (though crucially not the stewards) over his defensive tactics in the past, but for many the way the Dutchman is prepared to fight tooth and nail to hold onto position is something to be admired. Vettel may have complained about the Red Bull driver moving in the braking zone, but ultimately it was Verstappen’s ‘never say die’ attitude and willingness to go wheel-to-wheel that kept him in front of the German for so long at Silverstone – and never was that more apparent than during this crowd-pleasing exchange on lap 14.

 

Ricciardo gets away with one

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Daniel Ricciardo is a driver who rarely makes mistakes – his unblemished racing license (one of just two in F1 at the moment) will tell you that. However, the Australian admitted after Sunday’s race that he was lucky to get away with an uncharacteristic error when attempting to pass Romain Grosjean’s Haas at Luffield on lap 5. "I was probably a bit optimistic on the outside of Grosjean and he didn’t give me much room,” said the self-styled Honey Badger. “I probably shouldn’t have been there. It wasn’t the smartest place to put the car and I went off track and it probably damaged a bit of the floor. I fell back to pretty much last again but came back through.” Indeed, within 10 laps of this incident Ricciardo would pass seven cars – including Grosjean's.


If at first you don’t succeed…

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Daniel Ricciardo’s charge from 19th on the grid to fifth stole the headlines, but Valtteri Bottas’s climb from ninth to second should not be underestimated. The highlight of the Finn’s performance, aside from his impressive opening stint on soft tyres, was this exchange over third with championship leader Sebastian Vettel. Having seen his initial passing attempt – around the outside at Stowe no less – rebuffed by Vettel in a cloud of tyre smoke, Bottas regrouped and via a better run onto the Hangar Straight (and a little DRS assistance) was able to make light work of the German. His subsequent pass on Kimi Raikkonen, after his countryman’s tyre issue, owed everything to luck, but there was little of that on display here.

 

How not to pass someone at Brooklands...

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On the old Silverstone layout, Brooklands was never a passing spot, but now the corner is a common battleground, coming as it does at the end of the DRS zone on the Wellington Straight. On the 44th lap Romain Grosjean and Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson found themselves squabbling over the same bit of asphalt in their battle for 13th, with the Swede getting the upper hand – but only after contact with the Frenchman's Haas.  “So stupid, it’s unbelievable,” said Grosjean of Ericsson’s behaviour - but from these angles it seems more than a little unfair to blame the Swede...


...and how to get it right

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Four laps before Grosjean's run-in with Ericsson, the Frenchman's team mate Kevin Magnussen gave a demonstation of how an around-the-outside pass into Brooklands is supposed to be pulled off, though in fairness he was well past Lance Stroll's Williams before hitting the brakes - something that couldn't be said of Grosjean on Ericsson...