Verstappen takes British GP win; first for the season

Second British GP in a shorten 2020 Formula 1 season

At last there’s a new winner in the 2020 Formula World Championships! It’s Max Verstappen who grabbed his first win this season on the 70th Anniversary occasion of the British Grand Prix, Silverstone. Verstappen, incidentally, became the first driver this season to knock a Mercedes driver off the top spot on the podium. And what’s more he took the win away from home driver and favorite Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, who finished second in the race. The second Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas was third right behind his team mate.

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With the top spot, Verstappen climbs to second overall in the drivers standings with 77 points, a 30-point deficit to Hamilton. The Red Bull driver has a four-point advantage to Bottas in third place.

The race went well for Verstappen who had a fast start to lock horns with his championship rivals. Red Bull’s strategy of starting Verstappen on the hard tyres paid dividends early as he moved from fourth on the grid to within a second of the front running Mercedes. Eschewing advice from his team to reduce his pace and save his tyres, Verstappen harried the Mercedes into pit stops by Lap 14 and took a lead that he would hold for the next 12 laps.

He pitted for mediums on Lap 26, yielding the lead to Bottas before taking it back just five turns after coming off of Pit Lane. Building a two-second advantage, he and Bottas both pitted again on Lap 33 while Hamilton stayed out to lead, albeit on rapidly blistering tyres.

Verstappen turned up the heat, shaving three seconds off Hamilton’s advantage in two laps, forcing the Mercedes driver to pit and claiming a lead he would not relinquish. Ten laps later, Verstappen had built an 11-second lead in taking his and Honda’s first win of the year. The victory was the fourth for Honda since its return to F1 competition in 2015.

Charles LeClerc captured fourth spot for Ferrari, ahead of the second Red Bull of Alexander Albon.
Albon used a number of bold passes to finish fifth, scoring his third top-five of the year. Behind Albon, Lance Stroll and Nico Hulkenberg gave the BWT a double finish with sixth and seventh.

The bottom three were Esteban Ocon who scored some precious points for Renault in eighth, followed by Lando Norris who took ninth for McLaren and
Daniil Kvyat who took the final point for the AlphaTauri squad.

After five races, Mercedes remain in the lead in the Constructors versus the Red Bull squad. The teams and drivers of the F1 circus will head to Barcelona for the Spanish Grand Prix next week.

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2020 British GP results

1            Verstappen     52    laps    1:19:41.993    

2                 Hamilton         52        +11.326s        

3                 Bottas  52        +19.231s        

4                  Leclerc 52        +29.289s        

5                  Albon   52        +39.146s        

6                  Stroll    52        +42.538s        

7                  Hulkenberg     52        +55.951s        

8               Ocon   52        +64.773s        

9                   Norris  52        +65.544s        

10               Kvyat   52        +69.669s

Drivers standings

1          Hamilton            107

2          Verstappen                77

3          Bottas  FIN         73

4          Leclerc         45

5          Norris              38

6          Albon   36

7          Stroll           28

8          Perez          22

9          Ricciardo                20

10        Ocon          16