at the end of a completely crazy race, Sainz wins the first GP of his career at Silverstone

It was Carlos Sainz’s weekend. Author of his first pole position on Saturday, the Ferrari Spaniard secured his first victory in Formula 1 on Sunday after a completely crazy race at Silverstone. Sergio Pérez (Red Bull) and Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) complete the podium. Seventh, world leader Max Verstappen had a difficult Grand Prix and ceded points to Britain.

Zhou’s horrific accident, a second chance for Sainz

However, the race had started badly for Carlos Sainz. At the pole, the Spaniard, in the middle, was swallowed by Max Verstappen at the beginning, left with tender, and in the first corner the Dutchman was in the lead. But behind it was chaos. Several cars (Russell, Gasly, Albon, Vettel, Zhou) were involved in a terrible crash that drove Guanyu Zhou’s Alfa Romeo upside down on the high-speed safety fences. Terrible images. The red flag was off and the race stopped. After nearly an hour of interruption, Guanyu Zhou was taken to the medical center, from where he has been discharged in good health, and Alexander Albon was taken to Coventry Hospital for further examination. . At 16:56, the race finally started again with the original starting grid. A golden opportunity for Sainz.

Verstappen in trouble, Hamilton in the game

Then the race restarted with a second stop start. As in the first start, Verstappen tried to attack Sainz in the first corner but he stretched his muscles to defend his position, like Leclerc in front of Pérez. The clashes were multiple with damage to the front of Leclerc and Perez, forced to make an early stop, but the fight then continued in front. On lap 10, Carlos Sainz came out and left the lead at Verstappen. The onset of problems for bats. Two laps later, the Dutchman went slow in the last sector. Victim of a puncture but especially a problem on the roof of his engine. Victory flew for the championship leader, modest seventh on arrival. In front, the two Ferraris were fighting for the first position for the delight of … Lewis Hamilton, third, who then began his comeback in the reds. On lap 20, Sainz was sinking into the pits, followed five laps later by Leclerc. Hamilton was then in the lead for the first time this season.

Ocon resurrects everything, great loser of Leclerc

And the British public was beginning to imagine victory for their local hero, mostly because Ferrari always let their two drivers fight on the track. On lap 33, Lewis Hamilton threw himself into the pits to put on hard rubber. When leaving third, it was persecuting the Scuderia but this one finally made a decision and Sainz let pass Leclerc, faster. But on lap 39, Esteban Ocon was forced to retreat in front of Copse causing the appearance of the safety car and a totally crazy end to the race. The Italian team opted to leave Leclerc on the track with worn out hard tires, while Carlos Sainz opted for a second stop and soft tires. The Spaniard was imitated by everyone and in particular by Sergio Pérez, the big winner of this event of the race, who was fourth.

In the second half, Carlos Sainz did a small job of Charles Leclerc and turned towards his first victory, while Sergio Pérez swallowed Lewis Hamilton. The start of ten crazy laps with crazy passes between Leclerc, Pérez and Hamiton (Flights 45 and 46) for the two remaining seats in the box. And in this small match, it was Sergio Pérez who had the last word with a second place in play. Charles Leclerc tried everything but lost to Lewis Hamilton, third at home, and did not take advantage of Max Verstappen’s poor run to close out the World Cup.

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