A safety car start and a damp afternoon at Silverstone led to Lewis Hamilton winning his third consecutive British Grand Prix. We’ll take a look at how the runners-up races went and what they could have possibly done to catch Hamilton.
Nico Rosberg – Mercedes 2nd
Rosberg, who started alongside his teammate, fell behind right from the start and fell even further behind during the crossover to the intermediate tyres, losing a spot to Max Verstappen. After an incredible battle with Verstappen, that lasted for a majority of the race. Had Rosberg been able to get around sooner, or not lose the position to Verstappen in the first place, he might have been able to catch up to Hamilton and possibly challenge him for the race win. A late-race gearbox issue saw Rosberg stuck in seventh gear for a little while cost him time to both Hamilton in front and Verstappen who was closing. Rosberg and Mercedes are under review though, due to the Mercedes engineers talking Rosberg through the issue.
Max Verstappen – Red Bull 3rd
The Red Bull wonder kid drove an excellent race, challenging the Mercedes of Rosberg all day. Had the rain from the start of the race stuck around, Verstappen very well may have had a chance to contend for the victory. The Red Bull was showing great pace in the intermediate conditions, but as soon as the track dried out the Silver Arrow was gone. I don’t think Verstappen had any chance to catch the Mercedes of Hamilton in the dry but this weekend showed that Red Bull have been making strides to contend with Mercedes and that the performance gap is closing ever so slightly I think.
Daniel Ricciardo -Red Bull 4th
Ricciardo, who saw himself being out-qualified by his teammate Verstappen for the first time, was one of the only drivers that didn’t go for a spin in the damp conditions today. While Ricciardo finished fourth, he never showed anything to deem him worthy of a race win in my mind. He got caught up in some traffic after the Virtual Safety Car early in the race, but made some moves to get himself a fourth place finish. A bold tyre strategy at the crossover point might have given him a chance to compete for a podium but Ricciardo, like the rest of the field today, was way off the pace. He ended 26 seconds back of Hamilton.