Formula 1: Lewis Hamilton wins 2019 British Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton collected his seventh victory of the 2019 Formula 1 season in the season’s 10th race, his home race, the British Grand Prix, at Silverstone Circuit.

Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport’s Lewis Hamilton won the 10th race of the 21-race 2019 Formula 1 season, the British Grand Prix, at Silverstone Circuit, his home circuit, to secure his seventh victory of the season, which is his ninth victory in the last 12 races going back to last season and his fifth victory in the last six races.

Hamilton started the 52-lap race around the 18-turn, 3.661-mile (5.892-kilometer) Silverstone Circuit road course in Silverstone in part Northamptonshire and part Buckinghamshire in England, United Kingdom in second place behind teammate Valtteri Bottas, but he utilized a timely safety car period to get out in front of his teammate.

When Alfa Romeo Racing rookie Antonio Giovinazzi went off the course on lap 20, Bottas had already made his first pit stop while Hamilton had not. Hamilton came into the pits during this safety car period to maintain the race lead, which he never relinquished.

Hamilton did pass Bottas for the lead on the track earlier in the race, but Bottas passed him back a few turns later, so the race ended with a total of three lead changes among these two drivers. Hamilton led 36 laps while Bottas led 16.

Hamilton won the race by 24.928 seconds over Bottas after Bottas came into the pits for new tires with only a few laps remaining.

Scuderia Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc finished in third place ahead of Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s Pierre Gasly in a career-high fourth. Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen was on track to finish on the podium before Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel smashed into the back of him on lap 38 following, sending him airborne and flying off the track after he had just passed Vettel for third.

Verstappen still managed to get back on the track and finish the race in fifth place, but Vettel ended up finishing in 16th, one lap off the lead lap, as he was issued a 10-second time penalty for causing a collision.

Perhaps most embarrassingly, Vettel finished behind both ROKiT Williams Racing drivers on the track, with rookie George Russell finishing in a career-high 14th place and Robert Kubica finishing in 15th.

McLaren’s Carlos Sainz Jr., Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo, Alfa Romeo Racing’s Kimi Raikkonen, Scuderia Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat and Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg rounded out the top 10 by finishing in sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth and 10th place, respectively.

Of the 20 drivers who started the race, only Giovinazzi and Haas teammates Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen did not finish it. Of the 17 drivers who finished the race, 13 finished on the lead lap.

Here are the full race results of the 2019 British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit.

Race Results
1st – Lewis Hamilton
2nd – Valtteri Bottas
3rd – Charles Leclerc
4th – Pierre Gasly
5th – Max Verstappen
6th – Carlos Sainz Jr.
7th – Daniel Ricciardo
8th – Kimi Raikkonen
9th – Daniil Kvyat
10th – Nico Hulkenberg
11th – Lando Norris
12th – Alexander Albon
13th – Lance Stroll
14th – George Russell
15th – Robert Kubica
16th – Sebastian Vettel
17th – Sergio Perez
18th – Antonio Giovinazzi
19th – Romain Grosjean
20th – Kevin Magnussen

 

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The German Grand Prix at Hockenheimring in Am Motodrom, Hockenheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany is the next race on the 2019 Formula 1 schedule, and it is scheduled to take place on Sunday, July 28. ESPN is set to broadcast this race live beginning at 9:10 a.m. ET.