Formula 1 is going through a completely crazy race at Silverstone. A bad accident is terrifying. Then the hope of winning the world champion Verstappen is breaking. Finally, the winner of the premiere.
Undaunted by the shocking accident at Silverstone, Carlos Sainz celebrated his first Formula One victory with the Spanish flag hanging over his shoulders. In his 150th Grand Prix, the Ferrari driver triumphed in the most spectacular race in years.
Amid the madness of Great Britain has also experienced Mike Schumacher he had a lucky day and after a great race to catch up, he finished eighth and scored the first four World Championship points in his career. “It took long enough,” said the 23-year-old before being showered with champagne by Sister Gina.
Haas driver almost even surpassed world champion Max Verstappen. The World Cup leader streaked across the finish line in seventh place with Red Bull damaged. However, he is still clearly in the lead in the overall standings. Teammate Sergio Perez finished second at Silverstone and is now 34 points behind Verstappen. Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc had to finish fourth behind the famous Mercedes superstar Lewis Hamilton contents.
Best news of the day for Formula 1 However, Chinese Guanyu Zhou and Thai Alexander Albon survived the terrifying accident at the start of the race unscathed. So Sainz was free to cheer. “I will never forget that day, I am incredibly happy,” said the 27-year-old.
Aston Martin driver Sebastian Vettel also had reason to be happy on his 35th birthday. He awarded himself two points after breaking from 18th to ninth. “It was not to be expected in this form. The pace was good and we dared to do something with the strategy, ”said the man from Heppenheim.
A dramatic accident after take-off
142,000 spectators in the stands watched a very dramatic spectacle. Formula 1 held its breath a few seconds after takeoff. Zhou fired his Alpha Romeo blindly off the track, flew over the tire railings, and crashed into the security fence. He miraculously survived this horrific accident without serious injuries. Protecting the Cockpit “Halo”, the titanium headband that was still controversial a few years ago, probably prevented worse things from happening.
The scene was triggered by Pierre Gasly’s rehearsal in Alpha Tauri. The French touched George Russell’s Mercedes, which in turn collided with Zhou’s car. Behind him, the pilots tried to dodge. In doing so, Vettel ran into Williams Albon who spun around and bumped into several cars. Williams was stuck on the side of the track badly damaged.
Like Zhou, Albon was taken to the track hospital. “There was no serious injury,” said the worldwide Fia union. Zhou may have left the medical center during the race. Albon flew a helicopter to nearby Coventry Hospital for further “preventive checks”. In the evening, the doctors gave him the green light. Albon and Zhou are looking to compete again in the upcoming race in Spielberg, Austria.
Due to accidents, the race was immediately stopped. For this reason, the action of several demonstrators who passed over the fences and stormed the track almost went underground. this Police he had previously had signs of such protests and had warned of endangering the lives of those involved. All activists were safely taken off the track and there have been several arrests, Nottingham County Police said.
After almost an hour, the race could start anew. If Verstappen overtook Sainz on the first start, the Spaniard was aggressively defending his lead this time. Fighting for positions, Verstappen and Leclerc pushed each other away, who then touched Perez’s Red Bull. The Mexican soon had to get a new front wing.
Sainz can take advantage of the safety car phase
An exciting pursuit with new twists and turns. Verstappen took the lead after Sainz made a driving error. Soon, however, the world champion complained of problems and went to the pits for new tires. But things did not get any better for the 24-year-old, who had previously won six races of the season. “The car is 100 percent broken,” said Verstappen, and returned to the garage. Red Bull informed him that his chassis was damaged. The chance to win was gone.
Halfway through the race, Hamilton took the lead for the first time as both Ferraris were fitted with fresh tires. Leclerc was able to overtake his slower teammate Sainz in pursuit of the Mercedes star. On Lap 34, Hamilton came to the tire service, now both Ferraris were in the lead again.
But the show is not over yet. Esteban Ocon had to park his faulty Alpine. The safety car has arrived to save the car and slow down the field. Leclerc kept going, Sainz and Hamilton got fresh rubber rollers again.
This especially paid off for Sainz who was able to overtake Leclerc after the race approval. Hamilton still had to let Perez pass, but he still finished on the podium.
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