VERSTAPPEN WINS 70TH ANNIVERSARY GRAND PRIX WITH STRATEGIC MASTERCLASS
Max Verstappen came from fourth on the grid to win the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix to take his ninth career victory. The Mercedes struggled all race with tyres and failed to catch up to the Red Bull despite Hamilton pitting late on. Hamilton managed second (by doing this he equals Schumacher's record for 155 podium finishes), his Mercedes teammate Bottas finished third.
The Mercedes got away well at the start and led for a while before the blistering began to set in and forced them to pit. Which allowed Verstappen (Red Bull) to get in front and command the race, he was told early on to pull back to save the tyres but the Dutchman didn't take kindly to the orders from his team and pushed to catch the Mercedes - a moment that would eventually lead to his victory. Before this race Mercedes had led all but one lap (lap 4 in Hungary) this season.
Vettel once again struggling to get the most out of his Ferrari - spinning on the exit of turn one which cost him good points leaving the multiple World Champion unable to push into the points paying positions, ultimately finishing 12th. On the other side of the Scuderia's garage Leclerc managed his tyres and car well which has allowed him to out perform his car which we have seen over the course of this mixed up season. The young driver from Monaco took a very respectable fourth. In other outstanding performances was the second Red Bull of Alex Albon who shows he is good enough for that coveted second Red Bull seat. Albon finished fifth.
Magnussen was the only retirement from this race.
Nico Hulkenberg didn't manage to achieve that elusive first F1 podium after starting from third - ending up in seventh one place behind his teammate Lance Stroll.
This being the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix - here is a comparison between the first ever F1 race at Silverstone back in 1950 compared to now in 2020.
1950 Top 5:
1. Nino Farina / Alfa Romeo
2. Luigi Fagioli / Alfa Romeo
3. Reg Parnell / Alfa Romeo
4. Yves Giraud Cabantous / Talbot - Lago
5. Louis Rosier / Talbot - Lago
2020 Top 5:
1. Max Verstappen / Red Bull
2. Lewis Hamilton / Mercedes
3. Valtteri Bottas / Mercedes
4. Charles Leclerc / Ferrari
5. Alex Albon / Red Bull
The next race is the Spanish Grand Prix