Carlos Sainz wins after a crazy British Grand Prix and signs his first success

Carlos Sainz wins after a crazy British Grand Prix and signs his first success

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Unlike last year, the “God Save the Queen” sounded only once on Sunday at Silverstone. Before the race. After, it’s The royal march which sounded to the delight of Carlos Sainz, the first Spanish driver to win an F1 Grand Prix since Fernando Alonso in 2013. Author of his very first pole position this weekend, the Ferrari driver had however started his race very badly .

When the lights went out, Carlos Sainz lost on his medium tires against Max Verstappen, the only start on soft tyres. But barely a few hectometres covered and the race was neutralized. The red flag was waved as Guanyu Zhou’s Alfa Romeo had just overturned and slammed into the background after being hit by George Russell’s (Mercedes) single-seater, which itself had just been hit at the rear. by that of Pierre Gasly (Alpha Tauri).

Huge accident on the first lap of the GP. In the foreground Zhou Guanyu’s single-seater, returned to the track. (L. Floyd/Sports Press)

The side impact sent the Chinese driver’s car upside down, sliding into the first corner at high speed, going over the wall of tires before coming to a stop in the fence. Zhou was saved by his Halo. Starting from 10th place on the grid, Alexander Albon was trapped by the crash and lost control of his Williams before hitting the wall head-on.

An epic finish

The interruption lasted almost an hour. All the drivers still in the race were able to get back into their single-seaters for a new standing start with the original grid. New chance for Carlos Sainz who, this time, was able to maintain the advantage over Max Verstappen despite the forcing of the Dutchman.

But under pressure from Verstappen, the Spaniard ended up making a mistake in Chapel, leaving the track and ceding the race lead to his opponent. At the same time, Tsunoda attempted a daring attack on Gasly at turn 3 and lost control of his AlphaTauri. Spinning off, he took the Frenchman, forced to retire a few laps later.

In front, it was a puncture that changed everything, on the 12th lap, forcing Verstappen to go through the pits, which benefited Sainz, back in the lead. With hard tires that were difficult to heat up, the Championship leader fell back in the peloton. We would never see him again.

For his part, the only French driver still on track, Esteban Ocon, suffered a technical problem and caused the intervention of the Safety Car.

Trapped, Leclerc could not put on soft rubber unlike Sainz, Perez and Hamilton. The race restarted, it gave rise to a beautiful 46th lap. Sainz passed Leclerc in a tough duel, Hamilton was trapped by Perez. The Mexican immediately attacked the Monegasque and Hamilton overtook the two in the same maneuver! Perez regained control of the Briton, who then had to resist Leclerc. The first three broke away and Leclerc was chomping at the bit. Much further, Verstappen struggled to the end to defend his 7th place against Mick Schumacher. In the Championship standings, the Dutchman is still a very solid leader ahead of Perez and Leclerc.

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