Grand Prix of Great Britain – Race

If you watched Qualifying, then you’ll have seen how hard HAM pushed and how emotional he was when he took pole.

Provisional grid: HAM, VET, RAI, BOT, VER, RIC, MAG, GRO, LEC, OCO, HUL, PER, ALO, GAS, ERI, SAI, VAN, SIR, STR*, HAR*
*HAR and STR will need to ask the stewards for permission to race because they didn’t set a Q1 time

FIA report “Williams opted to change the rear wings and floors on both cars” so SIR and STR will both start from the pit lane, along with HAR.

VET is still suffering with his neck; there’s additional padding on the sides of his cockpit

It’s great to see Jenson Button interviewing the drivers – RIC was especially funny: “I’m pretty emotional, I’ve missed you. I haven’t slept the same since but I am soldiering on.” 🙂
Chatting with Guy Martin on the grid was funny – that boy can talk! Although I wonder how many non-Brits can understand anything he says 🙂

HAR says his car is still up on the stands – will it be ready in time for the race?

Air temperature 26°C; track 52°C; humidity 40%

Teams clear the grid
HAR’s car still being prepared
HAM leads the reduced grid away on the formation lap (SIR, STR and HAR are in the pit lane)
As HAM reaches the start line, HAR’s front wing is being attached

01/52: VET very quick off the grid – takes P1
BOT follows VET, past HAM
RAI taps HAM! Spins him around
Radio from HAM – “I think my car’s broken”

02: VET, BOT, VER, RAI, RIC, HUL, LEC, OCO, SAI, MAG, ALO, GAS, GRO, ERI, VAN, SIR, HAM, STR, PER

03: VET fastest lap 1:32.918
HAR takes P14 from ERI

04: Radio from HAM – “I’ve lost some of the floor, I’m sure”

05/52: VET, BOT, VER, RAI, RIC, HUL, LEC, OCO, SAI, MAG, ALO, HAM, GAS, GRO, ERI, VAN, SIR, PER, STR; retirements: HAR
Replay of PER spinning in Turn 1, across pit out – he’s facing the 2 Williams as they start from the pit lane

06: ALO doesn’t fight too hard as HAM takes P11
HAM catches MAG and easily past for P10

07: 10-second penalty for RAI for causing the collision with HAM

08: HAM takes P9 from SAI
Radio from RAI asking about his front wing
Race control: lap 1 incident involving GRO and MAG under investigation

09: OCO hands P8 to HAM

10: VET, BOT, VER, RAI, RIC, HUL, LEC, HAM, OCO, SAI, MAG, ALO, GAS, GRO, ERI, VAN, PER, SIR, STR
HAM passes LEC for P7

11: HAM has DRS as he reels in SAI, and breezes past the Renault for P6

12: No further action on the GRO/MAG incident

13: RIC ~15sec behind RAI, but the penalty means that’s more like ~5sec

14: RAI pits; serves 10-sec penalty; medium tyres go on; rejoins P11
ALO and PER pit too

15/52: VET, BOT, VER, RIC, HAM, HUL, LEC, OCO, SAI, RAI, MAG, GAS, GRO, ERI, VAN, SIR, STR, ALO, PER
HAM ~11sec behind RIC

16: RAI f/lap 1:32.270

18: VER pits from P3; mediums; rejoins P5, in the big gap between HAM and RAI

19: RIC pits from P3; mediums; rejoins P5, behind teammate VER
RAI f/lap 1:32.135
LEC is off – he’d just stopped so was that an unsafe release?

20/53: VET, BOT, HAM, VER, RIC, RAI, HUL, MAG, GAS, GRO
Replay of radio from LEC – “Ah! There is a problem!”; he’s told “Stop the car stop the car.”

21: VET pits from P1; blistered front left; mediums go on; rejoins P2
HUL and GAS pit too

22: BOT pits from P1; mediums; rejoins P3

23: Radio for HAM telling him to let BOT (on new tyres) take P2

24: RAI harrying RIC for P5
Radio from HAM – “maybe one more lap” (before he pits, presumably)
Race control: unsafe release of LEC will be investigated after the race

25/52: VET, BOT, HAM, VER, RIC, RAI, MAG, GRO, ERI, HUL, OCO, ALO, SAI, GAS, PER, VAN, STR, SIR; retirements: LEC, HAR

26: HAM pits from P3; “slow” stop (3.4sec) as they check his rear left; rejoins P6, behind RAI
Half distance

29: HAM f/lap 1:31.682

30/52: VET, BOT, VER, RIC, RAI, HAM, HUL, OCO, ALO, MAG, SAI, GAS, PER, ERI, GRO, VAN, STR, SIR
HAM f/lap 1:31.546
MAG closing on ALO

31: RIC pits from P4; softs go on; rejoins P6

33: ERI off, into the tyre wall – that looked big but he’s getting out of the car
Safety Car deployed

34[SC]: VET pits, but BOT doesn’t
VER and RAI pit; HAM doesn’t
Radio from RAI saying he was ahead of a Williams (SIR?) as he crossed the SC line, so he thinks he should be allowed to pass it

35/52[SC]: BOT, VET, HAM, VER, RAI, RIC, HUL, OCO, MAG, ALO, GRO, SAI, GAS, PER, VAN, SIR, STR; retirements: ERI, LEC, HAR
Race control: lapped cars (SIR, STR) can pass the SC

36[SC]: SIR and STR pass the SC; they’ll probably get about halfway around the lap before the SC pulls off

37[SC]: SC in at the end of this lap
BOT backs everyone up

38: RAI attacking VER but VER keeps his foot in and holds on to P4
SAI and GRO off into the gravel
SC deployed

39[SC]: Replay shows SAI was on the outside of the turn, didn’t give GRO enough room

40/52[SC]: BOT, VET, HAM, VER, RAI, RIC, HUL, OCO, MAG, ALO, GAS, PER, VAN, SIR, STR; retirements: SAI, GRO, ERI, LEC, HAR
Race control: incident involving SAI and GRO will be investigated after the race

41[SC]: SC in at the end of this lap
RAI runs a bit wide

42: ALO takes P9 from MAG
STR past SIR for P14

43: VET staying within striking distance of BOT
MAG reclaims P9 from ALO
RAI attacks VER; makes it stick, to take P4

44: RAI f/lap 1:31.289
BOT defends, runs a little wide but keeps VET (using DRS) at bay
RAI takes a look at HAM

45/52: BOT, VET, HAM, RAI, VER, RIC, HUL, OCO, MAG, ALO, PER, GAS, VAN, STR, SIR

46: BOT continues to defend
VER spins; just touches the gravel trip but recovers

47: VET makes a lunge down the inside of BOT; takes P1
VER slowing – he’s down to P14

48: VET f/lap 1:30.696
VER has pulled off track – apparently his Red Bull is stuck in 4th gear
BOT lets HAM take P2

49: RAI around the outside of BOT for P3
RIC now closing on BOT

50/52: VET, HAM, RAI, BOT, RIC, HUL, OCO, MAG, ALO, PER, GAS, VAN, STR, SIR
VET opening a slight gap over HAM

51: RIC has DRS to help him attack BOT
GAS attacks PER; PER closes the door but there’s contact and damage to the Force India; GAS takes P10

52 = final lap: RIC still on BOT’s tail
GAS closing on MAG

VET takes the chequered flag

Provisional result: VET, HAM, RAI, BOT, RIC, HUL, OCO, ALO, MAG, GAS, PER, VAN, STR, SIR
DNF: VER, GRO, SAI, ERI, LEC, HAR

Incident involving GAS and PER under investigation

VET: “safety car spiced it up”; “very, very happy obviously”
(HAM has wandered off, presumably not wanting to talk to anyone at the moment)
RAI: “I ended up hitting Lewis on the rear corner; obviously he spun, so my bad, but that’s how it goes sometimes”; asked if he thought the 10-sec penalty was fair, “it was my mistake; I deserved it”

There’s no conversation between the 3 drivers in the “cool down room” before they head to the podium

HAM interviewed on the podium: “sorry I couldn’t bring it home today”; “we take it on the chin and we keep pushing hard”; “I will not give up”; “interesting tactics, I would say” (from Ferrari?)

Toto Wolff: “James Allison’s words – do you think it’s deliberate or incompetence?”

It’s 2 weeks until the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim

4 Replies to “Grand Prix of Great Britain – Race”

  1. GAS was given a 5-second penalty for colliding with PER at the end of the penultimate lap; that drops GAS from P10 to P13, meaning PER takes 1 point for P10. [FIA]
    Revised result: VET, HAM, RAI, BOT, RIC, HUL, OCO, ALO, MAG, PER; VAN, STR, GAS, SIR

  2. As for the GRO/SAI collision that took them both out on lap 38:

    the stewards deemed that that “neither [Sainz or Grosjean] was wholly or predominantly at fault”, noting that Grosjean understeered in turbulent air from Sainz’s car, and took no further action.

    [FIA]

  3. BBC reports: Lewis Hamilton says he was “dumb” to imply that Kimi Raikkonen might have deliberately collided with him at the start of the British Grand Prix.

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