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.