Verstappen ends Mercedes’ run

SILVERSTONE (England), Aug 9

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen gained Formula One’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix right here in the present day to finish Mercedes’ run and turn out to be Lewis Hamilton’s closest challenger.

In a race dominated by tyres and technique, Hamilton swept previous Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas to take second place late within the race and keep 30 factors clear within the standings.

Six-time world champion Hamilton, who gained an additional level for quickest lap, additionally equalled Ferrari nice Michael Schumacher’s document of 155 profession podium finishes.

“I didn’t see it coming, but after the first stint it seemed like we were really good on tyres,” stated Verstappen as he celebrated his ninth win.

“Of course there was a question mark how Mercedes were going to go on the hard tyre. We had a lot of pace in the car and I didn’t really have a lot of tyre issues at all. We just kept pushing.”

Mercedes had gained the 4 earlier races, and brought each pole, however Verstappen was alone among the many high 10 on the grid to begin on the arduous tyres and it paid off.

The champions have been conscious that Hamilton and Bottas had each suffered late blowouts on the earlier weekend’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone, when Hamilton gained on three wheels, in attempting to eke out a one-stopper. — Reuters

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