In an intense race, Norris managed to initially outrun Verstappen, the pole-sitter, at the start, as Verstappen’s Red Bull struggled to pick up speed. However, by deftly manoeuvring around the first corner, Verstappen secured second place, and began to pursue Norris down the Wellington straight.
Despite Norris’ successful manoeuvring to disrupt the chasing pack, he was unable to keep Verstappen at bay for long. By lap five, Verstappen harnessed the power of DRS effect to surge ahead of Norris, reclaiming the lead.
McLaren relayed to Norris that Piastri, currently third, would remain in that position. Meanwhile, the front three were comfortably ahead of the pack, led by Charles Leclerc and George Russell.
After managing to keep pace with Verstappen for a while, Norris eventually fell out of DRS range as a cloud of uncertainty loomed over the race, with reports of potential rainfall over Silverstone.
During this phase, light drizzle was reported, shifting focus to the planned single pit stops for the frontrunners. Apart from Russell, who chose soft tyres, all frontrunners, including Verstappen, began on mediums.
As the race progressed, Verstappen gradually widened the gap with Norris, clocking faster times, reaching a point where only Piastri could keep up. By the time Piastri pitted at lap 29, Verstappen had already built an impressive lead.
The race was thrown into a state of limbo when Kevin Magnussen’s engine failed on lap 32, bringing out the virtual safety car and later a full safety car period for vehicle recovery. This was an opportune moment for Verstappen, Norris, Hamilton, and others to pit.
Verstappen and Hamilton opted for soft tyres for their second stints while Norris chose hard tyres. However, due to unfortunate pitstop timing, Norris fell behind Hamilton.
The race resumed on lap 39, with Verstappen leading by 1.2s. Norris then had to fend off Hamilton, resulting in a thrilling wheel-to-wheel encounter over the first two laps.
Even with a less than ideal feeling on his soft tyres, Verstappen managed to maintain a lead, eventually winning by 3.7s. Norris, after two hard attacks from Hamilton, managed to retain second place, with Hamilton coming in third, 2.9s behind.
Piastri managed to hold off Russell, and Sergio Perez climbed up from 15th position, largely thanks to the safety car period. Alonso finished seventh, followed by Alex Albon, Charles Leclerc, and Carlos Sainz.
Despite threats of protests, the race proceeded without interruption, and although there was some early drizzle, the weather held up for the remainder of the race. Track limits were a point of concern towards the end of the race with Norris and Russell receiving final warnings for crossing the lines.
- Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
- Lando Norris (McLaren – Mercedes) – 3.798s behind
- Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) – 6.783s behind
- Oscar Piastri (McLaren – Mercedes) – 7.776s behind
- George Russell (Mercedes) – 11.206s behind
- Sergio Perez (Red Bull) – 12.882s behind
- Fernando Alonso (Aston Martin – Mercedes) – 17.193s behind
- Alex Albon (Williams – Mercedes) – 17.878s behind
- Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) – 18.689s behind
- Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) – 19.448s behind
(For full results, please refer to the official F1 page.)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Max Verstappen Victory
Who won the F1 British GP?
Max Verstappen secured the first place at the F1 British GP, marking his sixth consecutive win.
Who came in second and third in the race?
Lando Norris and Lewis Hamilton came in second and third respectively at the F1 British GP.
What weather conditions impacted the race?
There were threats of rain that potentially could have affected the race. Although there was some light drizzle during the early phase of the race, no significant rain disruption occurred.
How did the safety car period impact the race?
The safety car period significantly impacted the race by allowing several racers, including Max Verstappen, Lando Norris, and Lewis Hamilton, to make pit stops. This period also allowed some racers, like Sergio Perez, to gain positions.
Who received warnings for crossing track limits?
Norris and Russell received final warnings for going too wide and crossing the track limits at the F1 British GP.