British Grand Prix- Silverstone

Major Takeaways:

  • In the qualifying round, Hamilton took pole position- 6th around Silverstone.
  • Hartley Experienced a massive crash in Practice 3.
  • Raikkonen was given a 10 second time penalty in the race

Formula 1 2018 British Grand Prix in Silvertone was the 10th round of the 2018 Formula 1 World Championship. Formally known as the Formula One 2018 Rolex British Grand Prix, it was held at the Silverstone Circuit in the UK on 8 July 2018. 

The thrilling British Grand Prix was won by Sebastian Vettel, who took  1 point lead over  Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton gave a brilliant fightback to reach the second place. 

Even though the final result wasn’t what the crowd had hoped for, they surely enjoyed an afternoon full of entertainment as their home buddy finished the race even after being moved out of the way in Turn 3 by Raikkonen. With the help of a strategy on lap 33 around a safety car, Hamilton was able to reach one of the top positions. 

Kimi Raikkonen finished in the third place after Valtteri Bottas, who led the race after the second safety car when 11 laps were remaining and retreated to fourth place due to the badly worn out tyres.  

No matter how splendid Hamilton was, the victory belonged to Sebastian Vettel, who led the race at Turn 1 and was able to cover the gap in between Bottas up until the period of the first safety car. During the caution or the safety car period Bottas received an opportunity to stay on track and exceed in the race when Vettel pitted. 

As compared to Bottas’ Mercedes, Vettel was faster on the new soft tyres. After every opportunity to overtake, Bottas played defensive and lost a good chance to win. Following the two failed attempts at Brooklands (lap 42 and lap 44), Ferrari finally moved ahead on lap 47. This was Vettel’s fourth victory of the year and he makes his lead stronger over Hamilton’s as F1 reaches the halfway for this season.

Now let’s have a look at the overview of the 2018 F1 British Grand Prix Silverstone:

Practice 1 (July 6, 2018) 

Lewis Hamilton got to a perfect start by winning the first practice session on soft tyres of Mercedes at 1:27.487. He led his Mercedes with teammate Valtteri Bottas. Sebastian Vettel the leader of the championship was the closest competitor, half a second ahead of Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and teammate Kimi Raikkonen.

Practice 2 (July 6, 2018)

Sebastian Vettel was the quickest in the second practice session, with a time of 1:27.552, while his teammate Kimi Raikkonen finished at the fourth place with a time of 1:28.045. It was just a few minutes into the game and the red flag came out that due to the accident of Max Verstappen. The afternoon session first focused on the short runs and then on the race runs. 

Practice 3 (July 7, 2018)

Lewis Hamilton in Mercedes finished fastest at the third and final practice session with a time of 1:26.722 and his teammate Valtteri Bottas finished at the third place with a time of 1:27.364 With the remaining track time of 45 minutes the third practice session was red flagged due to Brendon Hartley’s accident in the Toro Rosso

Qualifying (July 7, 2018)

The qualifying round was red flagged when Lance Stroll went into the gravel trap, immediately after that his car had to be removed. By winning the qualifying round, Hamilton took the sixth pole position in Silverstone. Ferrari finished at the 2nd and 3rd place and Valtteri Bottas finished at the 4th place. Hartley couldn’t participate in the qualifying round because of the massive crash in practice 3 and had to start from the pit lane together with Sergey Sirotkin and Stroll. 

Final Race (July 8, 2018)

Vettel won the Silverstone race battle with Hamilton finishing at the second place. Vettel was at a higher pace on the soft tyres and he brilliantly took the lead over Bottas after a few laps. Hamilton also moved ahead of Finn but his performance was not good enough to beat Vettel and had to settle for the second place with Raikkonen finishing at third place. 

This was Vettel’s 51st win, moving up at the same level with Alain Prost, the four-time world champion. The German Ferrari driver leads the championship and moves ahead of Hamilton to eight points and now heads to his home race at Hockenheim.

The F1 drivers with rank four onwards:

  • Fourth Position- Valtteri Bottas
  • Fifth Position- Daniel Ricciardo
  • Sixth position- Nico Hulkenberg
  • Seventh Position- Esteban Ocon
  • Eighth Position- Fernando Alonso
  • Ninth position- Kevin Magnussen
  • Tenth position- Sergio Perez