It was all over the place from the start and the biggest victory in Formula 1 is the fact that Guanyu Zhou (Alfa Romeo) survived his crash. For the rest, the twists and turns were not lacking, between the worries of Max Verstappen (Red Bull), the bickering at Ferrari and the genius of Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes).
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Winner: Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)
We don’t want to be difficult, but the Spaniard benefited from a whole host of circumstances to succeed in climbing to the top step, after 150 Grands Prix in Formula 1. Started badly the first time, he could have said once again farewell to victory. And his faulty exit from the 9th lap was forgotten three laps later, with the imaginary puncture of Max Verstappen (Red Bull). And then, the low wall gave him an incredible boost by making him enter the safety car regime, and not his teammate.
The big disappointed: Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
Another insane defeat for the Monegasque whose Scuderia has made a specialty. Why did you refuse a team order in favor of Charles Leclerc, stopped by Carlos Sainz around the first pit stop? When the reversal was decided on lap 31, he had already lost a lot of time. And why did you bring in the Spaniard rather than the Monegasque on the 40th lap, when it is generally the leading driver who has priority during a neutralization?
In Monaco, Ferrari had lacked responsiveness and brought in “Charlot” too late. At Silverstone, she put the interests of her No. 2 driver to the detriment of the one she nevertheless designated as her future world champion. At this price, we do not even see when. At least not this year.
Artist: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
What brilliance! We found “King Lewis” in his works, boosted by a formidable W13 with its body height skimming the ground. His double pass over Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) and Sergio Pérez (Red Bull) was a highlight, and we will never tire of the crowd reaction to his exploits.
The driver finally rewarded: Mick Schumacher (Haas)
“It’s just wonderful (…) To get points in such a race is obviously special”reacted the German, for the first time in the points in 31 races. Frankly, this eighth place comes at the right time. Bild circulated the news before the weekend that his boss Günther Steiner demanded points before the summer break, otherwise he would thank him. The son of seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher took advantage of the retirements (6 competitors left in front of him) in shambles to seek eighth place. A kind of justice after the seventh place that had escaped him in Montreal due to a breakage.
The blunderer: Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri)
Often average, rarely excellent, sometimes bad, the Japanese driver was in the worst category this Sunday. Logically penalized 5 seconds for his optimistic attack on his teammate Pierre Gasly, which led to his retirement. How to trash a double finish in the points…
The bonus: security
Guanyu Zhou came out alive from a full-scale crash test, head upside down for hundreds of meters, the Alfa Romeo surfing the Halo. “We have had further proof that the Halo is one of the greatest innovations in Formula 1”summarized Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo).
“It was a big accident and I’m glad to be okay.reacted Guanyu Zhou, after his discharge from hospital. The stewards and the medical team were fantastic in their quick response, and I must also thank the FIA and Formula 1 for the work done. The Halo saved my life.”
“He is fine and he is in good shape to race in Austria next week”explained Frédéric Vasseur, the team manager.
Penalty: Esteban Ocon (Alpine)
Alpine had had time to repair the damage from contact with Alexander Albon’s sinking Williams at the start, but a “supposed failure of its fuel pump” stopped him dead on the 38th lap. Too bad because he had just passed Max Verstappen (Red Bull) for P7, and there was enough to complete Fernando Alonso’s fine fifth place.
The record: 92.683
The Spanish stainless grabbed the record for the greatest distance covered in his career by beating Kimi Räikkönen’s 92.596 km with 92.683 on the clock
The statement: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
It felt like a go-kart race.
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