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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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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.