England’s famed Silverstone Circuit hosted the inaugural Formula 1 World Championship Grand Prix in 1950, a race won by Alfa Romeo’s Giuseppe Farina, who would go on to win the maiden title.
68 years later, the track continues to deliver thrilling events with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel taking his second British GP win, and the Scuderia’s first in seven years, since Fernando Alonso in 2011.
At lights out, Vettel got a fantastic start from the front row – catapulting him into the lead ahead of Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas, while teammate Hamilton dropped to third after a bad start before Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen tapped the Brit into a spin at Turn 3… from which he rejoined in 18th. Raikkonen earning a 10-second time penalty for causing the collision.
Up front, Vettel set a string of fastest laps to pull out a 5-second gap on Bottas by Lap 6, by which time Hamilton was already into the points with 10th place. And sixth just five laps later.
… with the order now Vettel, Bottas, Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen, Raikkonen, Daniel Ricciardo and Hamilton, 12.3 seconds adrift.
On Lap 14, Raikkonen pitted from fourth for his penalty and medium tyres, recovering from 11th to sixth three laps later with passes on Magnussen, Sainz, Ocon, Leclerc and Hulkenberg.
Vettel pitted from the lead with a blistered right front on Lap 21, releasing Bottas, but the Finn stopped on the next lap, exiting behind Hamilton in third but passing him the next lap with the Brit yet to stop.
Up front, Vettel was under pressure from Bottas – the gap just 2.3 seconds by Lap 32 but then Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson hit the barriers into Turn 1 on the following lap, bringing out the safety car.
Vettel pitted on Lap 34 under the safety car for the softs, handing the lead to Bottas. At the restart four laps later, Renault’s Carlos Sainz and Haas’ Romain Grosjean collided at Copse - bringing out the safety car again.
At the second restart on Lap 42, Vettel hunted down Bottas – making the pass for the lead five laps later into Brooklands. The Finn then fell back, struggling on the mediums as Hamilton and Raikkonen passed him.