Carlos Sainz takes his first victory after a turbulent British Grand Prix

Carlos Sainz takes his first victory after a turbulent British Grand Prix

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the 150e attempt was good for Carlos Sainz in formula 1. The Spaniard won the first victory of his career at the wheel of his Ferrari, Sunday July 3, during the Grand Prix of Great Britain, tenth round of the world championship. The Mexican Sergio Perez (Red Bull) and the Briton Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) accompany him on the podium, while the Dutchman Max Verstappen, still leader in the championship but in difficulty at the wheel of his Red Bull, finishes in a modest seventh place .

The race had been interrupted from the start and for almost an hour following an impressive crash. Thai Alexander Albon (Williams) and Chinese Guanyu Zhou (Alfa Romeo), two of the pilots involved in the accident, have no “serious injury”specified the International Automobile Federation (FIA), which announced that the two pilots “were checked at the medical center” of the Silverstone circuit. After examinations, Zhou was discharged from the medical center ” in good health “ while Albon was taken to hospital “for precautionary examinations”.

The images of the accident show that the single-seaters of Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri), George Russell (Mercedes) and Guanyu Zhou came into contact as they approached the first corner. Following this accident, the race was interrupted before a new start. Carlos Sainz took advantage of this to take off at the head of the race, he who had taken pole position ahead of the world champion, Max Verstappen.

“I will never forget this weekend”

Moreover, while the race was still neutralized, several people ” tent “according to the International Automobile Federation, to enter the track. “These people were immediately removed and the case is now being handled by the local authorities”said the FIA.

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The operation was claimed by the group of British environmental activists Just Stop Oil, which campaigns for the end of the exploration of fossil fuels in the United Kingdom. “Five Just Stop Oil activists disrupted the British Grand Prix at Silverstone by trespassing on the track and sitting on it”declared, for its part, the environmental association.

In the race, the last laps saw in particular Sergio Perez, Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) offer a good fight for second place, multiplying overtaking. Perez having managed to get out of the trio, it was then a breathless fight for third place that the Briton and the Monegasque offered to the 400,000 spectators present around the circuit.

“I don’t know what to say, it’s amazing. It’s my first victory, after 150 races, with Ferrari and at Silverstone I couldn’t have hoped for better. I will never forget this weekend”rejoiced Spaniard Carlos Sainz at the finish. In front of his audience, Lewis Hamilton recognized the merits of the winner. “I tried to attack the Ferraris. I gave everything. Congratulations to Carlos [Sainz] »said the third in the race.

The world championship will continue on Sunday July 10 with the Austrian Grand Prix, eleventh round of the season, on the Spielberg circuit.

The World with AFP

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