Lewis Hamilton won the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in his Mercedes AMG W11. Even though his front tire failed on the last lap, and he limped with the car to the checkered flag. Max Verstappen in the Red Bull-Honda finished second, 5.856 seconds behind, and Charles Leclerc in the Ferrari finished a lonely race in third, 18.474 seconds behind the winner.
The win is Hamilton’s third win in a row, Mercedes GP taking their fourth win in a row opening the 2020 season. Hamilton has taken a record-setting seventh win in the British Grand Prix and takes a commanding 30 point lead in the world championship.
Daniel Ricciardo in the Renault finished in fourth place (+19.650s), followed by Lando Norris taking his McLaren-Renault to fifth place (+22.277s), Esteban Ocon in the second Renault finished in sixth place (+26.937s), Pierre Gasly in the AlphaTauri-Honda was seventh (+31.188s), Alex Albon (+32.670s) in the second Red Bull-Honda was eighth, Lance Stroll in the Racing Point-Mercedes was ninth (+37.311s) and Sebastian Vettel in the second Ferrari scored the final point in tenth place (41.857s).
Before the start, the weather was sunny, with Hamilton on pole position and his team-mate Bottas alongside on the front row, Verstappen and Leclerc were on row two, Norris and Stroll on row three, Sainz and Ricciardo on row four, and Ocon and Vettel rounding out the top ten on the starting grid.
At the appointed time, the drivers came around to the grid and the lights went out and the race began with Hamilton leading from Bottas, Verstappen, Leclerc, Sainz, Ricciardo, Norris, Stroll, Ocon and Vettel. On lap 2 Magnussen and Albon touch, Magnussen spinning off into the gravel and the safety car is out.
Under the safety car, Hamilton leads Bottas, Verstappen, Leclerc, Sainz, Ricciardo, Norris, Stroll, Ocon, and Vettel in tenth. At the start of lap 6, the race resumed with Hamilton still in the lead over Bottas. Ocon makes an attempt to pass Stroll, but can’t pull it off.
On lap 7 Albon pits and changes to hard tires and rejoins last. Gasly in 11th is pressuring Vettel. At lap 10 Hamilton leads Bottas by 1.7s, followed by Verstappen (+5.1s), Leclerc (+11.3s), Sainz (+14.1s), Ricciardo (+16.3s), Norris (+17.4s), Stroll (+18..3s), Ocon (+20.0s) and Vettel (+21.2s) in tenth place.
On lap12 Bottas sets the fastest lap at 1m30.518s. On lap 13 Kvyat crashes out at Maggets with a suspected tire puncture and gets out of the car unscathed. Almost all drivers pit for hard tires, Grosjean staying out on medium tires, and while they clean up the track under the safety car, Hamilton leads Bottas, Verstappen, Leclerc, Grosjean, Sainz, Ricciardo, Norris, Stroll and Vettel in tenth place.
At the start of lap 19, the race restarts with Hamilton, Bottas and Verstappen pulling out in the front, Norris passes Ricciardo for seventh and challenging his teammate Sainz. Albon is handed a 5-second penalty for causing the accident with Magnussen.
Stroll passes Ocon for ninth place. On lap 21 Hamilton sets a new fastest lap at 1m30.371s. Sainz challenges Grosjean and passes him for fifth place. On lap 22 Bottas sets fast lap at 1n30.058s, and Hamilton the next lap at 1m29.712s. On lap 25 Norris passes Grosjean for sixth place. Stroll and Ocon continue to battle for ninth place.
On lap 28 Bottas sets fast lap at 1m29.764s. At lap 30 Hamilton leads Bottas by 1.6 seconds, followed by Verstappen (9.3s), Leclerc (23,2s), Sainz (28.7s), Norris (31.7s), Grosjean (33.4s), Ricciardo (34.2s), Stroll (34.9s) and Ocon (36.3s) in tenth place.
On lap 32 Bottas sets fast lap at 1m29.617s, and then Hamilton goes faster the next lap at 1m29.326s. Latifi passes Raikkonen for the 15th place. On lap 34 Hamilton sets the fastest lap time to 1m29.321s. Giovinazzi is handed a 5-second penalty for a safety car infringement.
On lap 37 Ricciardo passes Grosjean for seventh, and later in the lap Stroll does the same for eighth place – Grosjean pits for hard tires and rejoins in 16th. Vettel and Gasly battle for tenth place, Gasly taking the position. Albon passes Raikkonen for 15th place. On lap 41 Hamilton sets fast lap at 1m29.282s.
On lap 42 Verstappen sets fast lap at 1m29.070s. At lap 42 Hamilton leads Bottas by 2.7 seconds, followed by Verstappen (13.2s), Leclerc (38.6s), Sainz (43.0s), Norris (44.9s), Ricciardo (46.4s), Stroll (52.0s), Ocon (52.6s) and Gasly (54.5s) in tenth place. The Mercedes pilots continue to put in fast laps but both Hamilton and Bottas have some graining on their front tires.
On lap 46 Albon passes Russell for 13th place. Ocon continues to challenge Stroll and passes him for eighth. Stroll is given a black and white flag. Albon sets fast lap at 1m28.874s running in 12th place, and again at 1m28.790s. Sainz complains of vibrations.
Raikkonen loses part of his front wing but continues. On lap 49 Gasly passes Stroll for ninth place. On lap 51 Bottas has a punctured left front tire and limps back to the pits, Verstappen passes him and pits for new soft tires, and rejoins still in second place.
Bottas pits for soft tires and rejoins in 12th behind Vettel. On the last lap Sainz has a front left tire failure, and immediately after Hamilton’s front left tire fails as well, and he rushes around on three inflated tires to get back to the finish line for the win.
Hamilton takes the win and crosses the finish line with a punctured tire. Max Verstappen takes the point for fastest lap on the last lap with a 1m27.097s and takes second place, Charles Leclerc finishes third.
After four races into the season, it seems that once again the season is shaping up to be dominated by Mercedes AMG F1 with 4 wins in 4 races and 146 points. Red Bull-Honda where young Dutchman Max Verstappen is bringing in the bulk of the points is following 68 points behind. McLaren Renault in a surprising third place with 51 points being 8 points ahead of Ferrari who in turn are only 1 point clear of Racing Point in fifth place.
At Ferrari, it is Charles Leclerc who is bringing in the bulk of the points with his teammate Sebastian Vettel sitting in thirteenth place in the standings. A position this low in the standing has only occurred in his first year in F1 when he split the season between Sauber-BMW and Toro Rosso