British Grand Prix Driver And Team Performances

The British Grand Prix saw Max Verstappen collect his eighth victory of the season, but two British drivers Lando Norris and Lewis Hamilton delighted the home crowd with surprise podium finishes.

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Dominance – Red Bull took their 10th and 11th straight win of the season, setting McLaren's all-time record of 11th straight win in F1. It was Red Bull Racing's 102nd F1 win, 249th podium, 91st fastest lap and 90th qualifying pole position.

A successful weekend - After a difficult Austrian Grand Prix, Mercedes strengthened its position in the Constructors' Championship with Lewis Hamilton and George Russell securing third and fifth places respectively. The German team sits second in the standings, currently 22 points ahead of Aston Martin, while Ferrari are a further 14 points behind. 

An unexpected success – After failing to finish a single top-five lap this season until last weekend's Austrian Grand Prix, McLaren has continued to consolidate its improved pace with a much-improved car. The team is locked in a battle for fifth place with Alpine in the Constructors' Championship, and with both Alpine drivers retiring from the race, McLaren overtook the British and French team and now holds a 12-point lead.

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Tires - As far as the performance of the various compounds is concerned, each one showed excellent durability without much sacrifice. Alfa Romeo's Valtteri Bottas recorded the most laps on the hard compound, while the Finn completed a 32-lap stint at Whitewall. McLaren's Lando Norris set the fastest lap around the venue on lap 43 with a time of 1:30.543 to claim second place and defend his position from seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton. was enthusiastic about it. On Medium, highlighted in yellow, the longest stint was his 33 laps, with his four drivers Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso, Lando Norris and Max Verstappen achieving that very long stint. . George Russell set the fastest lap with a time of 1:31.124 on lap 13 of the second stint. Russell recorded the longest stint on the C3 compound, extending his first stint to lap 28, showing great consistency on the softest compound. When Ferrari's Charles Leclerc pitted early for new tyres, the Englishman was able to pick up the pace, giving the Mercedes driver a bit more leeway. Race winner Verstappen recorded a time of 1:30.275 on lap 42 to set the fastest lap around the C3 venue, making it the fastest lap of the race.

Aerodynamic Efficiency – Williams' 2023 F1 His car excelled on the high speed circuit and was expected to do well at Silverstone as well. Alex Albon didn't miss his target and his eighth-place finish was Williams' best result at his home race since 2015. With a total of 11 points so far, the Grove-based team is currently tied for seventh in the Constructors' Championship. Same as Haas, but their good results are higher than their American rivals. 

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Driver of the Day – Lando Norris had a difficult start to the season but secured fourth place at the Austrian Grand Prix before taking his first podium of the year at the British Grand Prix. He led the first four laps of the race after overtaking Max Verstappen from the start, but was unable to maintain his lead over Red Bull. However, a maiden podium finish at Silverstone was enough for Norris, who received 45.5 percent of the vote, to clinch the Driver of the Day title. Lewis Hamilton finished second with 12.1 per cent of the vote, ahead of McLaren's Australian driver Oscar Piastri (10.8 per cent).

Fastest lap – Max Verstappen achieved his eighth hat-trick weekend (win/pole position/fastest lap) of his career at the British Grand Prix. The Red Bull Racing driver set a personal best lap time on lap 42 on the Pirelli soft compound with a time of 1:30.275, making it the fastest lap of the race. Confirming McLaren's resurgence at Silverstone, Lando Norris set the second-fastest lap just 0.2 seconds off Verstappen's benchmark. Even more impressive was the fact that the Briton achieved this on Pirelli's hard tire compound rather than Verstappen's soft tyre. Haas driver Nico Hülkenberg and Alfa Romeo driver Valtteri Bottas set the best lap times on the final lap of the 52-lap race, but Tsunoda, De Vries, Leclerc and Sainz also finished the Grand Prix he drove. Recorded the best time in the nick of time. Setting the fastest lap proved the durability of his Pirelli tyres, at his highly demanding Silverstone circuit.  Home hero correction - Lewis Hamilton also omitted it later in Thursday's FIA press conference. The stewards launched an inquiry into the matter, but concluded that Hamilton's late arrival was due to his busy schedule at his home race, only to reprimand Mercedes.

Pitlane – The McLaren were not only fast on the track, they also performed well off the track. The Woking-based team's mechanics serviced Norris' car in 2.23 seconds under intense pressure during the safety car period. Ferrari finally showed encouraging race pace in two races, but suffered a decline in performance at Silverstone. However, the Scuderia were quick in the pitlane, changing a tire on Charles Leclerc's car in 2.32 seconds and Carlos Sainz's car in just 2.41 seconds. After 10 laps of the 2023 F1 season, Red Bull tops the DHL Fastest Pit Stop award, with Ferrari second. McLaren put in an impressive performance at Silverstone to move up to third.

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Disqualification – Alfa Romeo's Valtteri Bottas was disqualified from qualifying after the team failed to provide his 1.0 liter fuel sample. Despite hearing from team principals, the stewards decided that nothing could alleviate the situation and decided to disqualify the Finnish driver. The last driver to be disqualified was Sebastian Vettel, who lost second place at the 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix when former team Aston Martin was only able to provide a 0.7 liter fuel sample after the race in Budapest.

Good – wet qualifying left drivers and teams battling for the perfect track position. In such a tense situation, the stewards fined AlphaTauri €5,000 for a dangerous release after Nick de Vries was sent into Oscar Piastri's lane at McLaren.

Curfew - F1 teams have some very strict rules about when they can work on their cars on race weekends. Response staff currently have three curfews on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights, but have two wildcards per year that allow them to service vehicles in an emergency. Ferrari's mechanics stay in garage during lockdown to prepare Monaco car for Free Practice 3 after Charles Leclerc's car has been diagnosed as unable to run in FP2 due to electrical problems, I was forced to. This marks Ferrari's first separate exception for F1's 2023 season.  

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