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British Grand Prix 2017: What we learned from a Silverstone classic

The British Grand Prix served up a treat, and taught us a few things along the way.


After a thrilling race in Silverstone, RealSport takes a look back to bring you the main talking points from the British Grand Prix.

Home sweet home for Hamilton

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Lewis Hamilton won’t experience many better, nor many more comfortable wins in his illustrious Formula 1 career as he claimed his fifth British GP victory, and his fourth consecutive triumph on home soil. Such a feat means he has now equalled Alain Prost and Jim Clark in terms of British GP wins.

Urged on by his home crowd, Hamilton delivered a truly dominant performance all weekend, achieving pole by over half a second, and then going onto replicate this unmatchable pace in the race. Due to Vettel’s tyre blowout, the Brit will be ecstatic knowing that he trails the German by only 1 point going into the second half of the season.

The title fight is a three man shootout

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It is becoming increasingly clear why Mercedes chose to hire Valtteri Bottas after another strong performance from the Finn. Finishing 2nd, after starting 9th on the grid due to a grid place penalty for a gearbox change, was probably more than Bottas could have hoped for going into the race.

Yes, he was the beneficiary from Ferrari’s tyre issues, but a podium was what he deserved after a fine recovery drive. Forty three points from the last two grands prix mean that Bottas is within 23 points of the championship lead with 10 races to go. Don’t count him out of it yet.

Hulkenberg deserves a top seat

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Nico Hulkenberg was arguably the driver of the race at Silverstone, both starting and finishing in 6th position. Despite Renault’s new upgrade package, few would have expected the French team to be  ‘best of the rest’, but the German put in a brilliant performance to exceed the team’s expectations coming into the weekend.In many ways, Hulkenberg outdrove his relatively uncompetitive 2017 car, and could have even been P5 if he wasn’t overtaken by Ricciardo in the closing laps.

His display at Silverstone isn’t a one-off either, as the 29 year old has been performing exceptionally for the last few seasons. He is probably wondering what more he has to do to earn that top seat in Formula 1, which seems to elude him.

Pirelli has questions to answer

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Once again, Pirelli’s tyres are one of the major talking points post-race, and not for the right reasons. Tyre blowouts have occurred at Silverstone in the past too, if you look back to 2013 where there were six separate occasions where drivers’ tyres burst. Pirelli have already confirmed that Ferrari’s tyre blowouts were not related, but this wont make the Scuderia feel any better, as their two drivers who were on track to finish 2nd and 4th, ended up finishing 3rd and 7th.

F1’s tyre manufacturer has already received criticism this season for their compounds being too durable, after criticism from previous seasons claiming their tyres aren’t durable enough. This places them in quite a tricky situation where they are dammed if they do, and dammed if they don’t. It will be interesting to see if/how they react for Hungary.

 

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Shwuaib Malik

A 19 year old undergraduate with an affection for Formula 1, who hopes some may enjoy reading his insignificant opinions.

British Grand Prix 2017: What we learned from a Silverstone classic

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