Lewis Hamilton dominated the 2017 British GP, while a drama unfolded behind his back.
Jolyon Palmer was the first one to go out of the race, without even starting. Right on the formation lap, Renault reported a hydraulic leak and Palmer had to stop his car. The start was postponed until the car was cleared. Very bad luck for Palmer, and I'm sorry he didn't have a chance to do a good race. He was satisfied with the car the whole weekend until it failed.
At the second attempt to start the race, one of the Ferrari cars was visibly smoking, and it turned out that Sebastian Vettel's brakes caught fire. Max Verstappen reported this to his team as well. This affected Vettel's start, which wasn't the best, and Max managed to go around him. Kimi kept the second place, while Hamilton dusted off and disappeared in the distance.
Daniel Ricciardo started very good, made up some places but also went off the track and found himself at the back, again.
Daniil Kvyat is living up to his nickname, "The Torpedo". He had a good fight with his teammate Carlos Sainz until he went off the track and rejoined unsafely, launching his car into the side of Carlos' car. That put Sainz out of the race, while Kvyat managed to continue the race and receive a drive-thru penalty (and 2 additional penalty points to his license). Carlos said on the team radio to "tell Daniil he did a very good job there".
Vettel had a hard time passing Verstappen and eventually decided to do an undercut, so the team called him into the pits. The move proved to be a smart one, since he came out in front of Verstappen and kept the position until the last lap. There was this moment where Max went outside of the track boundaries to keep his position (gaining an advantage), but the stewards didn't think it was important (?).
Nico Hulkenberg had a great race, and despite his car being obviously slower than the ones around him, he still managed to get to the 6th place. This was the result of a couple of events that affected Kimi and Seb, because both cars experienced tyre delamination. Vettels tyre actually deflated all the way when he locked up in one corner. Kimi's left front delaminated while he was defending second place from Bottas, and he immediately went into the pit stop to replace tyres. He still managed to keep the 3rd place, because Vettel had the same issue 1 lap after him, on the last lap of the race. Vettel came in 7th.
Two Force Indias battled throughout the race and Esteban Ocon managed to beat his teammate Sergio Perez. Great to see they did not crash into eachother and left enough room for proper racing.
Great race, amid the rumors about Silverstone not hosting the race past 2018. It's probably just a business move to arrange a better deal with new owners.
|4||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||+52.125|
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull||+1’05.955|
|8||Esteban Ocon||Force India||+1 lap|
|9||Sergio Perez||Force India||+1 lap|
|10||Felipe Massa||Williams||+1 lap|
|11||Stoffel Vandoorne||McLaren||+1 lap|
|12||Kevin Magnussen||Haas||+1 lap|
|13||Romain Grosjean||Haas||+1 lap|
|14||Marcus Ericsson||Sauber||+1 lap|
|15||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso||+1 lap|
|16||Lance Stroll||Williams||+1 lap|
|17||Pascal Wehrlein||Sauber||+1 lap|
|Ret||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso|