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2020 F1 British Grand Prix race results

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2020 F1 British Grand Prix race results
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Lewis Hamilton won the British Grand Prix for Mercedes, despite a last-lap tyre failure at Silverstone.

Hamilton was leading comfortably, when his left-front tyre delaminated on the very final lap and he had to drag his car around on three wheels to beat Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.

There was drama before the start when Nico Hulkenberg, subbing for the Covid-positive Sergio Perez at Racing Point, suffered a technical problem and couldn’t start the race when the power unit refused to start up.

Hamilton held off his faster-starting teammate Valtteri Bottas into the first corner, as Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc duelled over third behind them. Verstappen made a move stick into Brooklands to claim the place.

A safety car was required at the end of the opening lap, as Red Bull’s Alex Albon punted the Haas of Kevin Magnussen into a spin at the final corner, and the latter's car hit the tyrewall and its left-front corner was torn off. Albon was given a 5s time penalty for causing the collision.

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Hamilton led Bottas and Verstappen but the safety car was out again on Lap 13 when Daniil Kvyat suffered a huge crash at Maggots, saying he clipped a kerb. He stepped unscathed from his wrecked car.

The Mercedes cars were forced to double stack in the pits, but Verstappen wasn’t close enough to jump Bottas. The order remained: Hamilton, Bottas, Verstappen and Leclerc. Romain Grosjean was the only car not to stop, and was elevated to fifth, ahead of Carlos Sainz (McLaren) and Daniel Ricciardo (Renault), the latter being passed by the second McLaren of Lando Norris at Luffield at the Lap 19 restart.

Sainz had to battle his way past an obstinate Grosjean, who received a black-and-white flag for swerving towards him at Stowe. Grosjean then did a similar move on Ricciardo, before finally pitting and dropping back to the tail of the field.

At the front, Hamilton pulled well clear of Bottas – although both Mercedes drivers complained of blistered tyres. Verstappen could have taken a ‘free’ pitstop but decided to keep the pressure on the Mercedes – albeit 10s behind.

Bottas’s pace fell off sharply towards the end, and his left-front tyre blew with three laps to go, promoting Verstappen to second. Bottas fell to 12th.

Hamilton’s left-front then blew on the final lap, but he just held on to win from Verstappen, who pitted for fresh tyres in response to Bottas' troubles. Had he stayed out, he would have won.

Hamilton won by 5.8s from Verstappen, with Leclerc third. Sainz’s left-front blew on the penultimate lap, promoting Ricciardo to fourth, ahead of Norris, Ocon, Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri), Albon, Stroll and Vettel, with Bottas finishing 11th. Sainz was 13th. 

F1 British Grand Prix race results

Cla Driver Chassis Engine Laps Time Gap Interval km/h Points
1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes Mercedes 52 1:28'01.283 25
2 Netherlands Max Verstappen
Red Bull Honda 52 1:28'07.139 5.856 5.856 19
3 Monaco Charles Leclerc
Ferrari Ferrari 52 1:28'19.757 18.474 12.618 15
4 Australia Daniel Ricciardo
Renault Renault 52 1:28'20.933 19.650 1.176 12
5 United Kingdom Lando Norris
McLaren Renault 52 1:28'23.560 22.277 2.627 10
6 France Esteban Ocon
Renault Renault 52 1:28'28.220 26.937 4.660 8
7 France Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri Honda 52 1:28'32.471 31.188 4.251 6
8 Thailand Alex Albon
Red Bull Honda 52 1:28'33.953 32.670 1.482 4
9 Canada Lance Stroll
Racing Point Mercedes 52 1:28'38.594 37.311 4.641 2
10 Germany Sebastian Vettel
Ferrari Ferrari 52 1:28'43.140 41.857 4.546 1
11 Finland Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes Mercedes 52 1:28'43.450 42.167 0.310
12 United Kingdom George Russell
Williams Mercedes 52 1:28'53.287 52.004 9.837
13 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr.
McLaren Renault 52 1:28'54.653 53.370 1.366
14 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi
Alfa Romeo Ferrari 52 1:28'55.488 54.205 0.835
15 Canada Nicholas Latifi
Williams Mercedes 52 1:28'55.832 54.549 0.344
16 France Romain Grosjean
Haas Ferrari 52 1:28'56.333 55.050 0.501
17 Finland Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo Ferrari 51 1 lap
Russian Federation Daniil Kvyat
AlphaTauri Honda 11
Denmark Kevin Magnussen
Haas Ferrari 0
Germany Nico Hulkenberg
Racing Point Mercedes 0

F1 British Grand Prix fastest laps

Cla Driver Chassis Engine Laps Time Gap Interval km/h
1 Netherlands Max Verstappen
Red Bull Honda 52 1'27.097 243.494
2 Thailand Alex Albon
Red Bull Honda 52 1'28.689 1.592 1.592 239.123
3 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes Mercedes 45 1'29.238 2.141 0.549 237.652
4 Finland Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes Mercedes 41 1'29.265 2.168 0.027 237.580
5 Australia Daniel Ricciardo
Renault Renault 49 1'29.482 2.385 0.217 237.004
6 France Esteban Ocon
Renault Renault 50 1'29.491 2.394 0.009 236.980
7 France Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri Honda 52 1'29.603 2.506 0.112 236.684
8 France Romain Grosjean
Haas Ferrari 49 1'29.782 2.685 0.179 236.212
9 Monaco Charles Leclerc
Ferrari Ferrari 49 1'29.813 2.716 0.031 236.130
10 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr.
McLaren Renault 47 1'29.948 2.851 0.135 235.776
11 Finland Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo Ferrari 49 1'29.973 2.876 0.025 235.710
12 United Kingdom Lando Norris
McLaren Renault 41 1'30.058 2.961 0.085 235.488
13 Canada Lance Stroll
Racing Point Mercedes 44 1'30.475 3.378 0.417 234.402
14 Canada Nicholas Latifi
Williams Mercedes 44 1'30.501 3.404 0.026 234.335
15 Germany Sebastian Vettel
Ferrari Ferrari 44 1'30.537 3.440 0.036 234.242
16 United Kingdom George Russell
Williams Mercedes 41 1'30.862 3.765 0.325 233.404
17 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi
Alfa Romeo Ferrari 49 1'30.977 3.880 0.115 233.109
18 Russian Federation Daniil Kvyat
AlphaTauri Honda 11 1'32.443 5.346 1.466 229.412

F1 British Grand Prix tyre history chart

Cla Driver Chassis Engine 1 2 3
1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes Mercedes M 16 H 39
2 Netherlands Max Verstappen
Red Bull Honda M 16 H 37 S 5
3 Monaco Charles Leclerc
Ferrari Ferrari M 16 H 39
4 Australia Daniel Ricciardo
Renault Renault S 15 H 40
5 United Kingdom Lando Norris
McLaren Renault S 15 H 40
6 France Esteban Ocon
Renault Renault S 15 H 40
7 France Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri Honda M 12 H 40
8 Thailand Alex Albon
Red Bull Honda M 6 H 24 M 25
9 Canada Lance Stroll
Racing Point Mercedes M 16 H 39
10 Germany Sebastian Vettel
Ferrari Ferrari S 15 H 40
11 Finland Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes Mercedes M 16 H 37 S 5
12 United Kingdom George Russell
Williams Mercedes M 12 H 40
13 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr.
McLaren Renault S 16 H 38 M 1
14 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi
Alfa Romeo Ferrari M 12 H 40
15 Canada Nicholas Latifi
Williams Mercedes M 12 H 40
16 France Romain Grosjean
Haas Ferrari M 36 H 16
17 Finland Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo Ferrari M 12 H 35 S 4
Russian Federation Daniil Kvyat
AlphaTauri Honda M 11
Denmark Kevin Magnussen
Haas Ferrari M 0
Germany Nico Hulkenberg
Racing Point Mercedes H 0
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