F1: Hamilton Wins His 5th British Grand Prix
Sunday, the British Grand Prix started on a dry cloud covered cool track, with Lewis Hamilton on the Pole setting him up to win his 4th home race running and 5th of his career.
Scroll down for the highlights and full race.
It was a big win for MercedesAMG and Valtteri Bottas who started 9th and with some Ferrari difficulties came in 2nd on good strategy and super driving.
There were lots of fans for the drivers showing that the British are some of the best fans in the world and that the British Grand Prix is a must and should always be on the calendar.
So, expect Liberty Media need to make that happen.
Daniel Ricciardo and teammate, Max Verstappen came 4th and 5th with Ricciardo coming from the back of the grid. The 2 maximized their places and points.
Both Ferrari’s lost their left front tires in the last 3 laps of the race and even Mr. Hamilton radioing blisters and saying he thought his tire might blow up as they chatted it up in the cool-down room after the race.
MercedesAMG Boss Toto Wolff said, “It was odd that three different cars developed fatal blistering at the end.”
Ferrari needed a good race and qualified well but in the end tire issues ruined both Kimi and Sebastian’s races.
Mr. Vettel had a poor start with brakes on fire and struggled to get around Mr. Verstappen and then did not have the pace to hold off Mr. Bottas or make ground on Mr. Raikkonen. Mr. Vettel lost all but 1 of his points in the title championship, this was a race Mr. Vettel and may not augur well for his championship battle.
It was a harsh weekend for Ferrari and their Pirelli issues and while the tire maker says that the 2 incidents were different causes it does not negate the issue over a delaminating tire in Kimi’s case.
Initial reports suggest that the team went too long and too hard on Mr. Vettel’s tire and Mr. Raikkonen was a different issue causing the delaminating.
So, we have to wait and see what caused that issue as Raikkonen tires were fresher than Mr. Vettel’s.
Now about the NBC ad’s campaign
No matter how good or planned the NBC production crew are, the amount of advertising breaks seemed timed into every Key moment of the race.
NBC is a ad-supported broadcast, OK, but the amount of ads they have sold and the near-impossible job of trying to slot them in means viewers miss all the Key pit stops, passes and action on track. It was frustrating.
Perhaps, there could be an NBC a premium broadcast without ads, many other American viewers would like that too.
I welcome your comments.
Britsh GP Results, as follows:
|4||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||52.125s|
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m05.955s|
|8||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1 Lap|
|9||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1 Lap|
|10||Felipe Massa||Williams/Mercedes||1 Lap|
|11||Stoffel Vandoorne||McLaren/Honda||1 Lap|
|12||Kevin Magnussen||Haas/Ferrari||1 Lap|
|13||Romain Grosjean||Haas/Ferrari||1 Lap|
|14||Marcus Ericsson||Sauber/Ferrari||1 Lap|
|15||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Renault||1 Lap|
|16||Lance Stroll||Williams/Mercedes||1 Lap|
|17||Pascal Wehrlein||Sauber/Ferrari||1 Lap|
|–||Fernando Alonso||McLaren/Honda||Fuel pump|
|–||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||Collision|
|–||Jolyon Palmer||Renault||Not started|
Drivers’ Championship Points
Constructors’ Championship Points
Have a terrific week.