Lewis Hamilton claimed his 80th victory in Formula One, his seventh of the 2019 season and sixth at the British Grand Prix, making him the most successful driver at this event. Valtteri Bottas came home in P2 to complete the 1-2 for the team Merdedes AMG.
Formula 1 returns to the Home of British Motor Racing, which hosted the first ever race in the premier class 69 years ago. It is also one of two home races this month for the team – the factories in Brackley and Brixworth are just a stone’s throw from the historic track. In recent years, the team has enjoyed many successes at Silverstone: between 2013 and 2017, the Silver Arrows won the British Grand Prix five times in a row, four of these victories going to local favourite Lewis Hamilton. The brand with the three-pointed star has a tally of eleven wins so far at Silverstone. For the Mercedes-AMG F1 W10 EQ Power+, the race weekend marks the return to the location of its first public outing: it was at the shakedown around the Silverstone circuit on 13 February that the team showcased its tenth F1 car of the modern era.
Vettel had to twice overcome Mercedes. First, he turned second into first off the line as he beat Hamilton into Turn 1. Then, having pitted for fresh rubber under the late Safety Car and surrendered the lead to Valtteri Bottas, he brilliantly worked his way past the Finn into the tight left hander at Brooklands.
After a collision on the opening lap, Lewis Hamilton fought his way back through the field to claim P2
Seb Vettel increase his lead by 7 points to 8 in the Drivers’ championship and the team extend its advantage by 10 points to 20 in the Constructors’. Despite some neck pain Seb secured his fourth win of the season and team-mate Kimi Raikkonen made a good recovery following a collision shortly after the start. The SF71H proved to be the car to beat, even if that had not seemed the case going into this event.