Formula One: Verstappen wins 70th Anniversary Grand Prix

Redbull’s Max Verstappen won the F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone, England defeating Mercedes’s Lewis Hamilton.

Redbull’s Max Verstappen won the F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone, England on Sunday defeating Mercedes’s Lewis Hamilton, bringing the Mercedes domination to an end. The 22-year-old Dutch racer’s astute strategy and tyre management got his 9th career win and Redbull’s first win in the circuit since 2012.

Hamilton, who finished second, equalled Micheal Schumacher’s 155 podium finish record while his teammate Bottas came in third. Redbull’s decision to start Verstappen with harder compound tyres worked well against Mercedes who faced tyre blistering issues at 40 degree Celcius track temperature. Mercedes had won the previous 4 races and taken every pole.

“I didn’t see it coming, but after the first stint we seemed really good on tyres and we didn’t have many tyres issues at all. It is a great result to win here and I am incredibly happy. We have not had an opportunity to push them so far this season. We need to use soft tyres – that seems to suit our car,” said Verstappen.

Verstappen’s teammate Alexander Albon was 5th behind Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc after starting at 9th. Sebastian Vettel finished 12th, outside the points tally. Racing point’s Nico Hulkenberg finished 7th behind his teammate Lance Stroll. Hamilton leads this season with 107 points with Verstappen at 77.

 

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