Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz claimed with scintillating driving to win his maiden Formula 1 Grand Prix, starting from pole position to win a jaw-dropping race at the British Grand Prix on Sunday. The Spaniard edged Sergio Perez’s Red Bull and Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes in a race that saw the deployment of a safety car twice.
Key to Sainz’s victory was a late safety car caused by Esteban Ocon withdrawing his Alpine – Sainz then attacked team-mate Charles Leclerc with fresh tires on the restart to claim P1 and attempt his first victory in his 150th Grand Prix start.
The action was frantic in the closing laps, however, with Perez – who had fallen to 16th after a pit stop, having made contact early in the race after a red flag stop – coming out on top in a thrilling fight with Hamilton and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc to take an unlikely P2.
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Hamilton, meanwhile, delighted the crowd with his second consecutive podium finish and 13th at Silverstone – a single-site record – in P3.
The drama that caused that first red flag came at the start of the original race, with Alfa Romeo’s Zhou Guanyu and Williams’ Alex Albon both taken to the medical center after separate incidents at Turn 1 – with Zhou released later. later, as Albon was moved to a nearby Coventry hospital for precautionary checks, with those two, plus Mercedes’ George Russell, forced into retirement following the incidents.
Leclerc was forced to take P4, having led for much of the race, finishing ahead of Fernando Alonso’s Alpine and Lando Norris’ McLaren. Championship leader Max Verstappen was only able to take P7 as the early race leader suffered some form of damage that hampered his Red Bull, with the Dutchman holding off Mick Schumacher’s Haas in the closing laps, as the German scored his first F1 points in P8, a report on the Formula 1 website has said.
Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel and Haas’ Kevin Magnussen complete the top 10, with Lance Stroll 11th in second Aston Martin, ahead of Williams’ Nicholas Latifi, McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo and AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda – on what was a memorable day for Carlos Sainz.