The 2018 edition of Grand Prix of Great Britain earned a place among the most entertaining races of this season of the F1 thanks to the fact that it had all the condiments to entertain the large audience that attended Silverstone and those fans who followed him on TV.
Although after the pole position on Saturday the local Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) was a great candidate for victory, everything changed in the game. The champion's Silver Arrow was left skating and lost two places at the hands of the German Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) and his Finnish partner Valtteri Bottas. For worse, when he reached the third corner of the Hamilton circuit, he was taken off the track by the Finn Kimi Räikkönen (Ferrari), which was coming like a whirlwind.
Although at first he complained that the car had been bad, Hamilton did not enter the pits and starred in a true show of the overshoot that allowed him to reach second place after the 23rd lap.
After taking the lead at the start, Vettel commanded the actions and at the end he had to grit his teeth to overcome the Finn Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes), who moved to first place when the German pitched for the second time during the first of two cautions in the race. The first was due to the Swedish's confusion Marcus Ericsson (Sauber) and the second for the touch between the Spanish Carlos Sainz (Renault) and the French Romain Grosjean (Haas). Thanks to these incidents, the Ferraris and the Mercedes found themselves fighting for victory a few meters apart, adding emotion to the event's epilogue.
It didn't take long for Bottas to give up the job to Hamilton, who thus remained as a guard for Vettel and added more points than previously thought after the difficult start. Räikkönen, meanwhile, completed the podium after a race in which he had to recover from a ten second penalty for that touch of the third corner.
Although he did not reach the end of the tenth round of the contest, it is not necessary to ignore the Dutch GP among the protagonists Max Verstappen (Red Bull). He fought for a place on the podium and had a real battle with Räikkönen, whom at one point he came to pass on the outside with a great maneuver. Max was the benchmark of the Austrian team throughout the weekend, although with his abandonment that honor remained for the Australian Daniel Ricciardo, who came fifth behind Bottas.
With this fourth win of the year and the 51st in his campaign, Vettel remains at the forefront of the tournament with eight points over Hamilton, who will try to get revenge on July 22 at Hockenheim when your rival is the one who runs from home.
RACE (52 laps)
1. Sebastian Vettel (ALE / Ferrari), 1h27m29s784
2. Lewis Hamilton (ING / Mercedes) at 2s264
3. Kimi Räikkönen (FIN / Ferrari) at 3s652
4. Valtteri Bottas (FIN / Mercedes) at 8s883
5. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS / Red Bull) at 9s500
6. Nico Hülkenberg (ALE / Renault) at 28s220
7. Esteban Ocon (FRA / Force India) at 29s930
8. Fernando Alonso (ESP / McLaren) at 31s115
9. Kevin Magnussen (DIN / Haas) at 33s188
10. Pierre Gasly (FRA / Toro Rosso) at 34s129
AVERAGE: 209,972 km / h. LAP RECORD: Vettel, in the 47rd, in 1m30s696 at 233,831 km / h. CHAMPIONSHIP: 1) Vettel, 171 points; 2) Hamilton, 163; 3) Räikkönen, 116; 4) Ricciardo, 106; 5) Bottas, 104; 6) Verstappen, 93; 7) Hülkenberg, 42; 8) Alonso, 40; 9) Magnussen, 39; 10) Sainz, 28. NEXT DATE: 22/7, German GP.