Max Verstappen’s display continued with confidence at Silverstone as he claimed his sixth consecutive win. There were highs for others but a lot of frustration for some. Here are our picks for this week’s issue Winners and losers.
Winner: Max Verstappen
Silverstone saw another championship for Max Verstappen, as the Red Bull driver reclaimed the lead from Lando Norris after he swerved off pole before going on to cruise to an eighth win in 10 races.
His score of 255 puts him 99 points ahead of Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez and would be enough to lead. Constructors’ Championship on his own.
It was also his sixth jump win – becoming the fifth driver to achieve the feat after Alberto Ascari, Michael Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg – and eleventh consecutive podium appearance. Currently, the Dutchman is unstoppable.
Race Highlights: 2023 British Grand Prix
This was a traumatic event for Albin, who had lacked performance all weekend and appeared to be the seventh fastest of the team on paper.
Esteban Ocon retired with a hydraulic leak while Pierre Gasly was forced out with damaged suspension after contact with Lance Stroll.
It meant Alpine finished a five-race run in points and saw them slip behind McLaren to sixth in the Constructors’ Championship.
It was a tough Grand Prix for Albin, as both Ocon and Gasly failed to reach the checkered flag
Winner: Lando Norris
Lando Norris delivered one of the greatest drives of his career at Silverstone, as the Briton briefly led the home race after a crack launch from second on the grid before crossing the line to take second.
It was his best result on home soil in Formula 1 and he was awarded Driver of the Day for the second consecutive week with the highest vote percentage (45%) since Fernando Alonso earned 53% in the opening race in Bahrain.
It was also McLaren’s first podium at Silverstone since Lewis Hamilton finished second at the 2010 British Grand Prix, and Norris’ first in the 2023 campaign.
2023 British Grand Prix: Norris beats Verstappen to take the lead at the start of the race at Silverstone
AlphaTauri was full of hope that Silverstone could be a step forward as they delivered their biggest upgrade of the season.
However, they lost both cars in Q1 for the third race in a row and did not perform strongly enough in the race to fight for the points.
More promotions are coming in Hungary – and they will be welcomed as the team is currently locked at the bottom of the Constructors’ Championship.
AlphaTauri spent the weekend running towards the back of the pack
Winner: Oscar Biastri
Oscar Piastri will not feel like a winner at the moment after losing his first Formula 1 position, having lost his position by pitting shortly before the safety car.
Yet when he thinks of what he achieved at Silverstone – third on the grid, and a career-best fourth place finish in only his 10th Grand Prix – he can be very satisfied.
His fourth added to Norris’ second meant McLaren scored more points in this race (30) than they have in the rest of the season so far, propelling them into fifth place in the Constructors’ Championship.
Like his teammate Norris, Piastri shone in his chromed MCL60
Ferrari had high hopes of challenging the McLarens for the podium, but a combination of losing track position due to the Safety Car and not having enough fresh tires meant they limp across the ninth and tenth lines.
It meant they lost more ground to Mercedes and Aston Martin in the battle for second place in the Constructors’ Championship and saw them lose momentum after two encouraging races in Canada and Austria.
It was the first time Charles Leclerc had finished out of the top four at Silverstone in his last six outings, while Sainz’s 10th-place finish ensured he’d scored in all but one of ten races so far this season (although he’s yet to grace a podium). .).
British Grand Prix 2023: Sainz has lost three places in just five corners
Winner: Lewis Hamilton
Considering how hard Lewis Hamilton can handle a Mercedes, a podium finish on home soil is an impressive result.
It was his fourth podium of the season and 14th at Silverstone, which moved him to within 16 points of Fernando Alonso in the battle for third place in the 2018 World Championships. Drivers Championship.
Loser: Sergio Perez
It was another disappointing weekend for Sergio Perez, the Mexican who failed to make the first quarter for the third time this year and extended his run of five races without a Q3 appearance.
He fought back from 15th to score the points with sixth, but it was expected that he would be able to get on the podium given how fast the car was.
He remains second in the drivers’ standings, but his championship hopes are diminishing with each passing weekend – with Alonso just 19 points behind in third.
Hamilton rose to Britain on the podium with two goals, strongly advancing to third place
Winner: Alex Albon
Alex Albon is in fantastic form as the Brit followed up his third consecutive Q3 appearance with second points in three events.
It was Williams’ best home race result since 2015, when Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas finished fourth and fifth respectively.
With the third result of the season, Williams rose to seventh in the Constructors’ Championship, ahead of Haas, Alfa Romeo and Alfa Tauri.
Loser: George Russell
Had it not been for the safety car, George Russell would have been in great shape to score a podium in front of his home crowd.
Instead, he ended up fifth, two places behind team-mate Hamilton – although he could at least take solace in scoring home runs for the first time in his career.
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