Lap 1 Crash Ends with Red Flag and Penalty for Hamilton Who Beats Leclerc for 1st!

Silverstone promised to bring drama – and it did. Within the first lap, Championship leader Max Verstappen was involved in an incident with reigning Champion Lewis Hamilton that resulted in the Dutchman being taken to hospital for precautionary checks. Silverstone is a race that has had a significant impact on the championship. Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc led for 50 laps before being overtaken by Hamilton, with Bottas joining his teammate on the podium.


The Championship Leaders

There’s no denying that the main talking point from Silverstone was the first lap incident that saw Verstappen taken off the circuit in an ambulance. Hamilton was handed a 10-second penalty, with Red Bull continuing to protest that it wasn’t serious enough. A 10-second penalty is the second mildest penalty option available for the stewards. 


Hamilton came back from the incident and his 10-second penalty to overtake Bottas on team orders before speeding past Leclerc on the final two laps. He missed out on the fastest lap point after Red Bull pitted Perez at the last minute. Perez finished outside the points, meaning the fastest lap point won’t be added to his tally.


It was a difficult weekend for Red Bull, with Perez starting from the pits after retiring during the Sprint Race. Verstappen confidently won the inaugural Sprint Race from 2nd place, earning him pole position for the Grand Prix. 


Verstappen continues to lead the championship, with his lead dropping to just 7 points over Hamilton. Lando Norris is now 3rd, 4 points clear of Bottas, with Perez dropping to 5th with another 4-point difference. With neither driver scoring points, Red Bull’s lead in the Constructors Championship has dropped to just 4 points.


The real winners – Ferrari and McLaren

While the drama was with Mercedes and Red Bull, the real winners at Silverstone were Ferrari and McLaren. It looked as though either team could end up on the podium, with McLaren securing a decisive fourth and fifth. Their points haul helps to extend their lead over Ferrari with their 3rd-place position for the Constructors Championship. 


Sainz finished 6th after a difficult pit stop caused him to fall behind the pack. Lando Norris also suffered from a slow pit stop, ultimately costing him a shot at the podium for his home race. Both issues appeared to have been caused by the high temperatures on the track.


Elsewhere on the grid

Perez finished 16th after pitting to take the fastest lap point, with Vettel retiring his car after sustaining damage earlier in the race. Alonso, Stroll, Ocon, and Tsunoda rounded up the point scorers. Gasly just missed out behind his AlphaTauri teammate, with George Russell again missing out on winning his first point with Williams. The British driver had finished 8th in the Sprint Race before being handed a three-grid penalty ahead of the Grand Prix. 

Giovinazzi, Latifi, and Raikkonen finished ahead of Perez, with the two Haas drivers finishing up the grid.


With the Hungary GP just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to represent your favourite team. You can carry through the momentum of the British teams with a 2021 Lando Norris cap or the Mercedes Hamilton 2021 Silverstone GP Cap.