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Hamilton wins race at Silverstone - Vettel after crash with Verstappen at low point
Victory at the home Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton won the British Grand Prix at Silverstone - and further expanded his lead over team-mate Valtteri Bottas in the drivers' championship. Sebastian Vettel, on the other hand, experiences the next bankruptcy: He collides with Red Bull driver Max Verstappen - and does not reach the points.
Sebastian Vettel can almost completely bury his low hopes for the title after a brute risk maneuver at the spectacular British Grand Prix. In third place, the 32-year-old Ferrari star raced into the rear of the Dutch Red Bull ace Max Verstappen on Sunday in Silverstone. Vettel had to pit, was the last to return to the track, received a ten-second penalty and was 15th in England at the end, while his long-term rival Lewis Hamilton continued his triumphal march through the season. The five-time Formula 1 champion celebrated his seventh victory in the tenth round of the World Championship this year.
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Vettel remorseful after a crash with Verstappen: "I broke it myself"
Vettel was rueful after the unsuccessful maneuver: "I had the feeling he was pulling to the right again. At that moment the gap closed again. Of course, it's stupid because I think the speed was good," said the four-time world champion. "I then broke it myself"
With his success on Sunday in front of 141,000 spectators, Hamilton also crowned himself the record winner in the Home of British Motorsport. He started from second place, but with an impeccable performance with the fastest race lap he also benefited from a safety car phase. Second was Valtteri Bottas in the second Mercedes in front of Vettel's team-mate Charles Leclerc, who is likely to have forced the internal changing of the guard at the Scuderia against the hapless and faulty Vettel.
Hamilton leads the ranking with 223 points ahead of Bottas (184) and Verstappen (136). Vettel is 100 points behind Hamilton, who celebrated his 80th Grand Prix victory.
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After a messed up qualification, Vettel got off to a really good start the day before. He succeeded at the start what Hamilton had not yet done there. He made up a place and pushed past Pierre Gasly in the Red Bull after the son of Charlie Whiting, who died at the beginning of the season, also released the race under the eyes of James Bond actor Daniel Craig. He and everyone else were offered a race with a license to cheer on. Because Hamilton put pressure on his Finnish stable rival Bottas from the first corner, who had secured the pole with a lead of six thousandths of a second.
"This is an incredibly important Grand Prix for him," emphasized Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff just before the start of the Hamilton home race. The now 34-year-old was born in Stevenage, around 80 kilometers away. In the fourth lap, Hamilton tried it, also passed Bottas, the fans cheered, but the Finn struck back and regained the lead with another attack maneuver. "It is my plan to be the party crashing", Bottas had said before he started from pole.
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Vettel benefits from the safety car - and then crashes with Verstappen
The distance between the Silver Arrows remained small, the slightest mistake by Bottas and Hamilton would pass. A nerve game with 300 things. Behind them Leclerc drove on his actually faster, because softer tires with a clear gap of more than four seconds, followed by Verstappen, Vettel and Gasly. Until the French returned the favor to Hessen for the starting maneuver, but then came to the pits to change tires.
One lap later followed Leclerc and Verstappen, whose Red Bull had been frantically screwed on before the start due to a broken end plate. The two came out of the box in reverse order, Verstappen, winner after a spectacular maneuver against Leclerc two weeks earlier at the Spielberger Red Bull Ring, in front of the Monegassen. The duel between the two 21-year-olds was tough, and the potential champions of the future put on the biggest show again. Vettel only drove with us. Luck for him: After Antonio Giovinazzi spins in the gravel trap in the Alfa Romeo, the safety car has to go out after 20 laps.
Hamilton came in quickly to change tires, Bottas had done that beforehand, a disadvantage for the Finn. Vettel also had new rubbers put on, as well as Verstappen again. Means: the three should be able to finish the race without another stop. Leclerc was also called to the pits by Ferrari and came back in sixth place. "How the hell did we lose our place?" Asked the Monegasse.
Vettel was now suddenly on the second place - with Verstappen in large format in his rear-view mirrors and a Leclerc with anger in his stomach. When Verstappen then passed Vettel, the Heppenheim native wanted to counter. It ended with a rear-end collision that was not very much like a world championship and the low point of an already bitter season for Vettel - two weeks before the home race at the Hockenheimring.
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