British Grand Prix: Can you name the British winners?

Arnold Nichols
July 9, 2018

Bottas had held Vettel off on a number of occasions but the championship leader then pulled off a sublime late dive to the inside at Brooklands to force his way through (pictured above) and escape up the road, with Bottas then fading as Hamilton and Raikkonen also found a way through.

But Mercedes' main man rallied back to finish on the podium, thanks in part to two safety vehicle deployments, missing out on the chance to win his fifth consecutive British Grand Prix.

Hamilton could not close the gap to Vettel in the final laps and had to settle for second place, but he must feel relieved to have secured a spot on the podium after such a hard start.

"You're a lion", the elated team told him over the radio at the checkered flag as they celebrated Ferrari's first win in Britain since 2011.

The other great line was Vettel grumbling: "Tell the safety auto to slow down". Obviously I struggled a little bit more towards the end with the tyres, but I wanted to get by as soon as possible.


Then the race took another unexpected twist when Swede Marcus Ericsson crashed out at 200mph. The safety vehicle is out.

After their strategic fiasco, in Austria, this was a bold move by Mercedes who took first and third on track with used medium tyres, but without the benefit of fresh "soft" tyres.

Expanding further in the press conference, Hamilton said: "All I'll say there's now two races the Ferraris have taken out one of the Mercedes". "You're the fastest out there by miles", he said.

When the Safety Car came in, Bottas surged clear while Hamilton defended from Verstappen before Carlos Sainz and Romain Grosjean collided at Copse, triggering another Safety Car. Hamilton is third and is also in the mix.

Hamilton kept Vettel in his sights but couldn't get within striking distance to try and snatch the win, while Raikkonen was just a second adrift at the line as the top three in the championship filled the podium. Kimi Räikkönen (FIN/Ferrari) 3.652, 4. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/Red Bull) 9.500, 6. Esteban Ocon (FRA/Force India) 29.930, 8. Pierre Gasly (FRA/Toro Rosso) 34.129, 11. Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL/McLaren) 35.774, 13.

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