“This is a day I will never forget. After an absolutely thrilling race at Silverstone, Spaniard Carlos Sainz Jr. clinched his first career victory on Sunday.
Posted at 10:55am
Updated at 12:32 p.m
This is the first win in 151 grands prix for the Ferrari driver, who has had five podiums in nine races since the start of the season. He finally triumphed in the most hectic race since the start of the season.
On the podium, the 27-year-old closed her eyes and smiled as if enjoying the moment to the fullest.
“I don’t know what to say,” he said on the F1 mic. It’s incredible. First win, 150 races later, with Ferrari, at Silverstone… I couldn’t ask for anything better. »
It was Red Bull driver Sergio Pérez who secured second place. The Mexican had a difficult start to the race after having to change his front wing following contact with Charles Leclerc. He finished last but worked his way up to claim his sixth podium of the season.
“We never gave up, we just kept going, over and over again,” he said. In the end, the opportunity presented itself and we seized it. »
To the delight of the 400,000 spectators at Silverstone, Britain’s Lewis Hamilton took third place. This is the third podium of the season for the seven-time world champion, and the tenth in a row at Silverstone.
“I gave everything,” he said. Tries to chase the Ferraris, but hats off to Carlos. They were just too fast for us today and in the end it was a great fight with Checo [Sergio Pérez]. I’m so thankful for all the hard work the team put into creating an update [sur la voiture], which allowed me to get closer to them today. »
A worrying start
The British Grand Prix began with concern. If the start was right at the front of the grid, it’s very different in the middle of the peloton. Pierre Gasly’s AlphaTauri hit George Russell’s Mercedes, which in turn made contact with Zhou Guanyu’s Alfa Romeo. Guanyu’s single-seater covered a long distance upside down before completely crossing the low wall.
A red flag was immediately announced. Everyone held their breath for a good quarter of an hour before Alfa Romeo confirmed their pilot was conscious. He was evacuated by ambulance. The 23-year-old Chinese was saved by the halo above his head. At the end of the race he was back on his feet in the paddock.
The World Automobile Federation (FIA) said that Alexander Albon (Williams), who was also involved in the accident, was taken to the hospital for “precautionary examinations”. Albon, Russell and Guanyu did not start for the restart, which took place an hour after the stoppage.
An insane hit
With the original grid, we were granted a fresh start. Up front, Carlos Sainz Jr. (Ferrari) fended off a stubborn Max Verstappen (Red Bull). Behind them, Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) prevailed against Sergio Pérez (Red Bull), who had to pit to change his front wing. So he fell to the end of the peloton.
At 10e again, pilot error by Sainz Jr. allowed Verstappen to sneak up front. But the race was just beginning… Two laps later, the defending champion started to slow down. One of his tires was damaged after driving over a lump of coal. He came out of the box at 6 o’clocke row as the two Ferraris and Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes took over the reins of the race.
The waiver of Esteban Ocon (Alpin) at 39e Lap forced the exit of the safety car. The last 13 laps were completely insane. Sainz Jr., then second to Leclerc, passed his teammate who was slower on hard tyres. Behind them, Sergio Pérez – who had recovered from a difficult start – passed Hamilton into third place.
The five leaders fought a frantic battle in hopes of making the podium. Pérez and Hamilton eventually prevailed over Leclerc (4th minute).e), Fernando Alonso (Alpine, 5e) and Lando Norris (McLaren, 6the). Verstappen took 7th placee Rank.
Quebec’s Lance Stroll lost a point and finished 11the Rank. Torontonian Nicholas Latifi, who finished 10the on the starting grid – his best starting position of his career – achieved his best result of the season at 12e Square.
Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) and Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo) both retired on track.
Max Verstappen continues to lead the drivers’ standings with 181 points, followed by Pérez (147 points), Leclerc (138 points) and Sainz Fils (127 points).