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2021 Formula One British Grand Prix: Round 10 wrap

It was a dramatic start to the British Grand Prix with the championship leader crashing, while a penalty couldn’t stop the power of Lewis Hamilton.

There was plenty of hype heading into the 2021 Formula One British Grand Prix, with the starting order decided by a 100km sprint race.

The results, however, didn’t shake things up as expected, with Max Verstappen claiming pole and both silver arrows lining up behind him.

The drama began from the moment the lights went out, with the battle well and truly on between Max and Lewis. The roar from the 140,000 fans could be heard on the first lap until the intense contest came to a premature end.

With the two breathing down each other’s necks, it was a tap from Hamilton that plunged Verstappen into the barriers on the exit to Copse corner.

The race was then stopped with plenty of drama during the red flag period as both teams presented their arguments to race direction – with the result being a ten-second penalty to be served by Lewis for causing an incident.

Charles Leclerc started from the top spot on the restart and managed to keep the lead even after complaining about a lack of power from lap 14.

The pit stops worked in favour for Valtteri Bottas pitting on lap 23, responding to Lando Norris who was sent in on lap 22 but suffered a longer stop.

Running out of front-left tyre performance, Hamilton pitted on lap 28, and after serving his ten-second penalty, he was fed back into the field in fifth position.

Carlos Sainz in the Ferrari was sent in on lap 29 but also got stuck in the pit lane for longer than anticipated after a problem with the left front wheel nut. Charles Leclerc retained the lead following a perfect stop on lap 30.

Even after serving a penalty Hamilton managed to push through the field up to third, switching into Bottas’ second spot on lap 40 following team orders.

With the Ferrari lacking the necessary pace, Hamilton managed to close the gap between himself and Leclerc, and it was on lap 50 when he eventually took the lead of the race.

Hamilton would again be victorious on his home turf, making it eight wins at Silverstone. Charles Leclerc had a brilliant drive in the Ferrari, finishing in second, while Valtteri Bottas took the final podium position.

The McLaren cars didn’t have as much pace on the hard tyre as they did on the medium. Norris took home fourth, while Daniel Ricciardo scored his best finish for the season coming home in fifth.

After a sensational recovery drive from Hamilton he now sits just eight points behind Verstappen heading into Hungary.

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Pos Driver Team
1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes-AMG
2. Charles Leclerc Ferrari
3. Valtteri Bottas Mercedes-AMG
4. Lando Norris McLaren-Mercedes
5. Daniel Ricciardo McLaren-Mercedes
6. Carlos Sainz Ferrari
7. Fernando Alonso Alpine Renault
8. Lance Stroll Aston Martin-Mercedes
9. Esteban Ocon Alpine Renault
10. Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri-Honda
11. Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri-Honda
12. George Russell Williams-Mercedes
13. Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari
14. Nicholas Latifi Williams-Mercedes
15. Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari
16. Sergio Perez Red Bull Racing-Honda
17. Nikita Mazepin Haas-Ferrari
18 Mick Schumacher Haas-Ferrari

Did not finish: Max Verstappen, Sebastian Vettel

2021 Driver Standings

Pos Driver Team Pts
1. Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing-Honda 185
2. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes-AMG 177
3. Lando Norris McLaren-Mercedes 113
4. Valtteri Bottas Mercedes-AMG 108
5. Sergio Perez Red Bull Racing-Honda 104
6. Charles Leclerc Ferrari 80
7. Carlos Sainz Ferrari 68
8. Daniel Ricciardo McLaren-Mercedes 50
9. Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri-Honda 39
10. Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin-Mercedes 30
11. Fernando Alonso Alpine Renault 26
12. Lance Stroll Aston Martin-Mercedes 18
13. Esteban Ocon Alpine Renault 14
14. Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri-Honda 10
15. Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari 1
16. Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari 1
17. George Russell Aston Martin-Mercedes 0
18. Mick Schumacher Haas-Ferrari 0
19. Nikita Mazepin Haas-Ferrari 0
20. Nicholas Latifi Williams-Mercedes 0

2021 Constructor Standings

Pos Team Pts
1. Red Bull Racing-Honda 289
2. Mercedes-AMG 285
3. McLaren 163
4. Ferrari 148
5. AlphaTauri-Honda 49
6. Aston Martin Racing-Mercedes 48
7. Alpine-Renault 40
8. Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari 2
9. Williams-Mercedes 0
10. Haas-Ferrari 0