The very eventful British Grand Prix has come to an end and many drivers have had a good result while others have not. Carlos Sainz claimed his first victory in the top category of motorsport, with a great comeback by the Mexican Red Bull Racing driver, Sergio Perez, while the local hero, Lewis Hamilton, finished in third position. The race at Silverstone was marked by a serious accident at turn 1 by the Chinese driver Guanyu Zhou, who ended up overturned between the protective mesh of the stands and the tyre barrier, Pierre Gasly and George Russell were also involved in the accident, while a different accident involved Alex Albon (who had to be taken to hospital), Sebastian Vettel and Yuki Tsnuoda. After the red flag, Max Verstappen was fighting for the first position against Carlos Sainz, while Perez attacked Leclerc for the third place. These last two drivers had a mishap, resulting in both front wings being damaged. The Mexican's RB18 was quite affected aerodynamically speaking, so on lap 5, the Austrian team called Checo to the pits to replace his front wing. The Mexican managed to climb a total of 14 positions to finish in P2, in addition to being present -along with Charles Leclerc, Lewis Hamilton and even Fernando Alonso- in one of the best fights we have experienced in recent years.
Horner was happy with the comeback by the Mexican. These were some statements by the Red Bull Racing team principal.
“After a good start, Charles was pretty aggressive with him in turns 2 and 3 and there was contact when they got to the Wellington straight, and that took off his front wing end-plate. We had no choice but to stop him, the guys did a great stop. And then on the medium tyre, his pace was the same as the leaders as he was catching up the pack and had to go to the traffic and his stint went beyond anybody.”
“There was the Safety Car so we’ve already decided that pitting him on that lap, we would have given him the softs to the end as that was the best way to beat Alonso and Norris, but suddenly with the field all bunched up, he effectively got a free stop. He was able to get straight into Lewis at the restart, great job from Checo to get that done.”
“Charles pulled up a harder defence, but once he had cleared up Charles, unfortunately Carlos was just too far to get into. Fantastic recovery from Checo.”
“Checo had a great start, you know? Checo was very measured through those corners [2,3 and 4]. There was not stupidity going on from the drivers because is such a long way to go in this championship. You have to capitalize every point that you can.” Affirmed the British.
Checo showed his overtaking skills and proved that he can always recover from very low places to get minimum a podium, and he had already showed that when he achieved his maiden first F1 win at the Sakhir GP when he was last in lap 1 but ended up winning the Grand Prix.