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Verstappen returned to the podium at Silverstone after 4 years (Part 2)

Verstappen was a little bit short of a surprise win, but 2nd place also gave him and Red Bull the first odium at Silverstone since 2016. This is the second consecutive leg Hamilton and Verstappen finished in two leading positions. Leclerc, after two consecutive empty races, Ferrari’s driver has had the second podium this year with third place in this race.

Ricciardo and Renault have an unexpectedly successful track

Daniel Ricciardo balances his best performance for Renault to fourth place and gives the French team the best results since his return to the F1 team in 2016. Team-mate Esteban Ocon finishes 6th and ‘pocket’ an extra 20 points for the team.

Ocon finished 8th, 7th, and 6th in the last 3 British GP races he attended. This is Renault’s best record at Silverstone since they won with Fernando Alonso in 2006. Lando Norris has the third leg to score at home, also the third time he is in the top 5 for McLaren this season. Alex Albon and Lance Stroll both got the first time in the race at Silverstone when they finished 8th and 9th, respectively.

Verstappen returned to the podium at Silverstone after 4 years

Vettel never finished 10th in the main race during the 240 starting stages of his career until the 2020 season. In the past four races, the four-time world champion has finished 10th place twice, in the first leg in Austria and in Silverstone. Thereby, “warhorse” has the second double point of this season.

Hulkenberg lost his chance to enter the main race due to an engine failure not to explode

Unfortunately, the car had a problem that could not start the engine so the chance of ‘The Hulk’ has ended since the race has not yet started. This is the third time in F1 career, Hulkenberg could not start the race after 2 times at Australian GP 2013 for Sauber and Belgian GP 2015 for Force India.

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Racing drivers

Verstappen returned to the podium at Silverstone after 4 years (Part 1)

Lance Stroll has never passed Q1 at Silverstone in the previous entries until the Canadian driver ranked 6th. Pierre Gasly had set the exact same timeline as Stroll in Q2 but was eliminated due to Stroll completing that lap first.

Gasly’s teammate also started in the top 3, but Alex Albon was only 12th and was eliminated in Q2 in the second leg in a row. Last year, the Thai driver even entered Q3 with Toro Rosso and ranked ninth.

Alfa Romeo continues a series of disappointing achievements when no car has passed Q1 in the past 4 races. The main driver Kimi Raikkonen went through 5 stages but could not participate in Q2, a career record of “snowman”, and he was even 3-1 lead by teammate Antonio Giovinazzi in the score.

The main race

A race that brings a lot of deep sadness to many riders, especially those who have experienced unfortunate tire problems in the final laps. However, with his excellent skills, Lewis Hamilton brought his one-wheeled “disabled” Mercedes W11 to the finish line first and won the 7th at Silverstone, reaching a record for the racer with many races. The best home field in history, surpassing Alain Prost with 6 times French GP coronation.

Verstappen returned to the podium at Silverstone after 4 years

Leclerc luckily won the 2nd podium in 2020

The Mercedes star also set a new record for the number of races in the first place from start to finish, surpassing the 19-stage achievement of the idol Senna. The British driver’s victory is the 87th time he has won an F1 race and is only 4 times behind Michael Schumacher’s record.

In addition, the number 44 handlebar just needs to finish the top 3 once more to balance the 155 achievements on the podium of the German legend.

Hamilton had a winning hat-trick after four completed stages from the beginning of the season. In the past, there were 2 seasons in 2014 and 2015 where he did the same thing, and he also won the championship in those seasons.

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British Grand Prix

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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F1 racing

On average, how many races does it take in an F1 season?

The number of races varies from year to year depending on the races contracted with the F1 organizers to conduct a race in that particular season. Since 2016, F1 has reached the milestone of 21 races, more than the season of previous decades. In the 2000 season only 17 races took place from the track in Australia on 12/3 to the last race in Malaysia on 22/10.

But at that time, moving a long distance between one race to another was quite easy, so the F1 schedule was quite similar to today. In the previous decades, F1 had many major racing courses in Europe and there were races on the other side of the world, so the schedule was quite time consuming. In 1970, nine of the 13 racing venues were in Europe. Even in the 1950s and 60s, most seasons were only 10 or less than 10 races.

Which F1 season has the most races?

If everything goes as planned, 2020 will be the year with the most races in F1 history. Adding two new racetracks in the Netherlands, the F1 2020 calendar has 22 races, a record schedule. But the current situation shows that the plan has been disgraced, so the seasons 2016, 2018 and 2019 are the seasons that hold the most races, with 21 races in each season.

Which F1 season has the least number of races?

The first official F1 Championship in 1950 had only seven official races, although an additional 18 unofficial races were held throughout the year. These are the summer event races, which start at Silverstone on May 13 and end at Monza on September 3.

Unofficial races also include a trip to the Indianapolis 500, which is seen as a championship round, along with races at Monte Carlo, Spa, Reims and Bremgarten in Switzerland.