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The race celebrating 70 years of F1: Verstappen ascended the throne

Max Verstappen was the winner, which put an end to the Mercedes team’s absolute winning record during the past four races.

Normally, Hamilton was always confident in his ability to win at his hometown after winning his first race at Silverstone a week before. After all, there was no second consecutive victory for him right back home.

Again, the tire problem made Hamilton and Mercedes struggling

In this F1 race, the Mercedes team could not find a solution to solving the tire condition on both Hamilton and Bottas’s cars. That problem caused Bottas to lose his place in the podium in the last few rounds, while Hamilton had to maneuver the car in fear and finish in a tattered tire situation.

The majority of drivers, which include Verstappen, have switched to hard tires to adapt to hot weather in British races. However, the Hamilton-Bottas duo chose the medium tire to start the race. Things did not support the Mercedes racing team when Bottas and Hamilton had a tire problem in turn.

On the other side, that was good news for Verstappen, as the young Dutch driver believed in using hard tires right from the start. He continuously widened the gap with the Bottas-Hamilton duo.

Mercedes of course did not give up. They accept that Bottas is behind Verstappen, but still bet that Hamilton can use all his talents to keep the top with a one-time pit strategy after the Dutch racer enters the pit for the second time.

After all, that calculation of the German team failed when Hamilton was forced to enter the pit for the second time after witnessing the gap with Verstappen gradually decreasing to the threshold of 8 seconds. From that moment on, the 35-year-old understood that a place in the podium was what he could aim for, rather than towards winning his fifth of the last six races at Silverstone.

The first win of Verstappen at the Silverstone track helped him take Bottas’ second place on the individual rankings.

It is still too early to talk about the possibility of Verstappen taking the throne of Hamilton when F1 this season only goes through the fifth stage. However, Verstappen and Red Bull were expected to prevent Mercedes from turning the F1 race into a solo playing field like last season.

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Hamilton finished first at British GP 2020 (Part 2)

Despite being tens of seconds away from rivals, when entering the final stage, the parameters sent to the instructors show that the left front tires of the two W11 are seriously degraded. Despite trying to slow down to hold, Mercedes’ effort failed. Bottas was the first to encounter a disaster and suffered severe consequences.

As soon as he reached round 50 and passed the pit entrance, Bottas’s left front tire was torn open, the W11 was pulled back and was forced to run nearly a full circle to return to the pit. After replacing the new tires, Bottas fell below the top 10.

Hamilton finished first at British GP 2020

Verstappen suddenly got second place and creating a distance of nearly 30 seconds with Leclerc’s rear car. The driver immediately returned to the tire changing pit. Red Bull’s rider, therefore, managed to stay safe in the final round. He earned an extra point by setting up the fastest-lap. This thanks to the new set of tires, while retaining the second place.

When Verstappen thought it would focus on keeping the second position because the distance to the first place was more than 30 seconds, Hamilton’s turn broke the tire. The incident in the last round caused the British driver to decelerate quickly.

The distance between Hamilton and Verstappen is constantly narrowing. But despite the heart-stopping moments, the time left is too little for Red Bull riders to reverse the situation.

When the finish, Hamilton still about 6 seconds ahead of the opponent. This is the third consecutive victory in the season of defending champion in the world.

The seventh victory in Hamilton’s F1 career on the track of Silverstone forte helped the British driver outrun his teammate and Bottas’ most dangerous opponent by 30 points. Despite the effort in the final round, the Finnish driver still could not enter the top 10, so he left the British Grand Prix empty-handed.

The individual unlucky Bottas brings little joy to the Ferrari racing team. Leclerc got into the top three thanks to a Mercedes incident. Sebastian Vettel also made it into the top 10 and got another consolation point, after struggling through the competition with Lance Stroll, Pierre Gasly and Albon.

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Hamilton finished first at British GP 2020 (Part 1)

Having a flat tire in the final round, Lewis Hamilton finished first in the British Grand Prix, while teammate Mercedes F1, Valtteri Bottas finished 11th despite a similar incident.

Hamilton completed 52 laps in 1 hour 28 minutes 1,283 seconds, faster than runner-up Max Verstappen 5,856 seconds. But this gap does not represent the superiority of the W11 during the race. In the final rounds, two Mercedes cars took turns exploding tires to make the race more interesting. However, that was not enough for the opponents to overthrow the dominance of the German racing team.

Charles Leclerc dragged through the last round with his front tire exploding

The first part of the race was intriguing, before going back to the familiar path in the previous stages – the two W11s quickly went far away. Bottas repeatedly put pressure on Hamilton in the starting round but soon fell behind.

Charles Leclerc quickly overtook Verstappen at Turn 2, but by Turn 4, Ferrari’s driver had to return the position to the opponent. At the back, Lando Norris also exerted a strong pressure, making Leclerc unable to fully focus on chasing the top 3. The heat of the early departure rounds was reduced due to the collision phase between Alexandre Albon (Red Bull) and Kevin Magnussen (Haas).

The collision phase and the accident in the first half of the race made the vehicle safe twice deployed, to serve the cleaning of the track. This continuous interruption made the tire tactics of the racing teams turn up quite a lot. Starting with an average set of tires, Mercedes plans to adopt a 1-pit tactic, whereby the two W11s will finish the race with hard tires.

However, both Hamilton and Bottas had to return to the tire-changing pit early on the second appearance of safety vehicles in round 13, when they saw rivals constantly changing tires. Replacing tires much earlier than expected makes maintaining a rigid tire for the rest of the race a difficult problem for riders.

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The racing teams support the start of the Formula 1 this season

Formula 1 racing is under the influence of the Covid-19 pandemic when it was continuously delayed on the start of the competition. However, recently the racing teams have voiced support about the time the tournament starts.

Austria Grand Prix is ​​supported by many racing teams, which is the starting place of the F1 2020 season.

Accordingly, the F1 season has been forced to postpone up to 9 times from the beginning of the season until now. The nearest race is scheduled to be held in France on June 28.

But the complicated developments of the Covid-19 pandemic forced the President of France to extend the national blockade order until 11 May and may continue until mid-July. Therefore, it is likely that the F1 race in France is highly affected when the situation has not had positive changes in this country.

In the event the French race is postponed, Austria will be the venue for the start of the F1 2020 season on 5-7. Meanwhile, the F1 2020 season will have only 12 races to take place according to the original schedule.

And according to the information, the racing teams are very supportive of the F1 2020 season starting to start from the race in Austria, also known as the Austrian Grand Prix. This opinion has received the approval of many fans. Several other racing teams have also planned to prepare for the race to take place at the Red Bull Ring racetrack, after the end of the holiday.

In addition, the Austrian Government basically did not object to the organization of the race in this country. However, the organizers and the teams will have to ensure maximum safety, and accept the competition without spectators.

As expected, the Austrian Grand Prix (race in Austria) will take place on 5-7, then to the British Grand Prix (race in England) 2 weeks later.

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Interesting statistics about British motorcycle Grand Prix

Max Verstappen set a record as the youngest racer to win an F1 race after winning the Spanish GP 2016. Also set a record for the youngest racer on the podium and the youngest racer to ever lead at least 1 lap.

This is the 6th consecutive year Silverstone has hosted the MotoGP race since 2010 after a period of 23 years of no organization. Here are some interesting statistics and figures related to this race:

The first MotoGP race held at Silverstone was in 1977. This is also the first time in the UK to host a MotoGP race. Prior to 1977, UK-branded races were held on the Isle of Man since 1949. Later UK races were no longer held on the Isle of Man for safety reasons.

The first race to win Silverstone in 1977 was Pat Hennen (Suzuki 500cc); Kork Ballington (Yamaha 250 and 350cc) and Pierluigi Conforti (Morbidelli 125cc).

The original length of Silverstone is 4.71km (from 1977 to 1986); the record of this period is Kenny Robert (Yamaha) set in 1983 with an average speed of 192.2km per h.

After 10 consecutive years held at Silverstone, the UK Race was transferred to Donington Park racetrack in 1987.

By 2010, the UK race was transferred to Silverstone, the length of this time Silverstone is 5.9 km. Silverstone is also the longest race in this year’s schedule.

The most winning Grand Pix in the UK is Valentino Rossi with 7 wins (125cc 1 time, 250cc 1 time, 500cc 2 times, MotoGP 3 times) but all these victories take place at the racetrack. Donington Park.

The drivers with the most wins in Siverstone are Kork Ballington and Angel Nieto with 6 victories for each.

Since the UK race returned to Silverstone, only 2 riders won more than once here, which is Jorge Lorenzo with 3 victories in 2010, 2012, 2013 in both MotoGP and Marc Marquez with 2 victories (125cc in 2010 and MotoGP 2014).

There are 12 British riders on the podium at Silverstone; but only two riders have ever won: Ian McConnachie (80cc in 1996) and Scott Redding (Moto2 in 2013).

Since MotoGP returned to Silverstone, the highest achievement of a British driver in MotoGP class is Cal Cruthlow’s 6th in 2012.

Yamaha won the last 3/5 races (all belonged to Jorge Lorenzo); The remaining 2 victories belong to Honda. The highest achievement of Ducati is only 2 times Nicky Hayden in fourth place in 2010 and 2011. As for Suzuki, it is 5th place of Alvarô Bautista in 2011.

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Things You Might not Have Known about British Grand Prix

Memorable Moments:

  • 1994: Michael Schumacher disobeyed the rules and ignored a five-second penalty
  • 1987: Nigel Mansell’s finest hour as he overtook team-mate Nelson Piquet with just two laps remaining
  • 1960: Graham Hill lost the Grand Prix just five laps from winning with brake failure
  • 1950: f1 was born at Silverstone where Giuseppe Farina, an Italian racer, was victorious

The British Grand Prix is one of the f1 calendar’s oldest races and the UK is home (either in full or part) to eight of the competing teams including Williams, Mercedes, Red Bull, McLaren, Lotus, and Force India. The British Grand Prix has never failed in providing drama for spectators who can get their hands on tickets to the coveted F1 race at Silverstone Circuit.

As any F1 racing fans knows, nothing beats the amazing atmosphere that can only be found as the British Grand Prix comes home to Silverstone. This reaches fever-pitch everytime when there is a Brit in the racing line-up.

Silverstone circuit also provides some wonderful racing opportunities for both driver and spectator as well. The track used to be a former World War II aerodrome, it is fast and a quick lap time requires finesse and bravery from the racing drivers. Many of them consider the corners at Silverstone circuit to be some of the best in Formula One, especially at the start of the race.

Over the three race days, Silverstone circuit always attracts a bigger crowd of grand prix racing fans than any other race in the f1 calendar. Because race days are always busy so it is wise to get to Silverstone as soon as possible. If you have a Grandstand seat, you can afford to arrive later but if you have to stand, the flag-mad fans tend to set up very early, particularly around the Luffield part of the circuit.

About British Grand Prix 2020:

When: Friday 10th – Sunday 12th July, 2020

Where: Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire, NN12 8TN