2020 F1 British Grand Prix race results

Lewis Hamilton won the British Grand Prix for Mercedes, despite a last-lap tyre failure at Silverstone.

2020 F1 British Grand Prix race results

Hamilton was leading comfortably, when his left-front tyre delaminated on the very final lap and he had to drag his car around on three wheels to beat Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.

There was drama before the start when Nico Hulkenberg, subbing for the Covid-positive Sergio Perez at Racing Point, suffered a technical problem and couldn’t start the race when the power unit refused to start up.

Hamilton held off his faster-starting teammate Valtteri Bottas into the first corner, as Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc duelled over third behind them. Verstappen made a move stick into Brooklands to claim the place.

A safety car was required at the end of the opening lap, as Red Bull’s Alex Albon punted the Haas of Kevin Magnussen into a spin at the final corner, and the latter's car hit the tyrewall and its left-front corner was torn off. Albon was given a 5s time penalty for causing the collision.

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Hamilton led Bottas and Verstappen but the safety car was out again on Lap 13 when Daniil Kvyat suffered a huge crash at Maggots, saying he clipped a kerb. He stepped unscathed from his wrecked car.

The Mercedes cars were forced to double stack in the pits, but Verstappen wasn’t close enough to jump Bottas. The order remained: Hamilton, Bottas, Verstappen and Leclerc. Romain Grosjean was the only car not to stop, and was elevated to fifth, ahead of Carlos Sainz (McLaren) and Daniel Ricciardo (Renault), the latter being passed by the second McLaren of Lando Norris at Luffield at the Lap 19 restart.

Sainz had to battle his way past an obstinate Grosjean, who received a black-and-white flag for swerving towards him at Stowe. Grosjean then did a similar move on Ricciardo, before finally pitting and dropping back to the tail of the field.

At the front, Hamilton pulled well clear of Bottas – although both Mercedes drivers complained of blistered tyres. Verstappen could have taken a ‘free’ pitstop but decided to keep the pressure on the Mercedes – albeit 10s behind.

Bottas’s pace fell off sharply towards the end, and his left-front tyre blew with three laps to go, promoting Verstappen to second. Bottas fell to 12th.

Hamilton’s left-front then blew on the final lap, but he just held on to win from Verstappen, who pitted for fresh tyres in response to Bottas' troubles. Had he stayed out, he would have won.

Hamilton won by 5.8s from Verstappen, with Leclerc third. Sainz’s left-front blew on the penultimate lap, promoting Ricciardo to fourth, ahead of Norris, Ocon, Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri), Albon, Stroll and Vettel, with Bottas finishing 11th. Sainz was 13th. 

F1 British Grand Prix race results

Cla Driver Chassis Engine Laps Time Gap Interval km/h Points
1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Mercedes 52 -       25
2 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull Honda 52 5.856 5.856 5.856   19
3 Monaco Charles Leclerc Ferrari Ferrari 52 18.474 18.474 12.618   15
4 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Renault Renault 52 19.650 19.650 1.176   12
5 United Kingdom Lando Norris McLaren Renault 52 22.277 22.277 2.627   10
6 France Esteban Ocon Renault Renault 52 26.937 26.937 4.660   8
7 France Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri Honda 52 31.188 31.188 4.251   6
8 Thailand Alex Albon Red Bull Honda 52 32.670 32.670 1.482   4
9 Canada Lance Stroll Racing Point Mercedes 52 37.311 37.311 4.641   2
10 Germany Sebastian Vettel Ferrari Ferrari 52 41.857 41.857 4.546   1
11 Finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes Mercedes 52 42.167 42.167 0.310    
12 United Kingdom George Russell Williams Mercedes 52 52.004 52.004 9.837    
13 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren Renault 52 53.370 53.370 1.366    
14 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Ferrari 52 54.205 54.205 0.835    
15 Canada Nicholas Latifi Williams Mercedes 52 54.549 54.549 0.344    
16 France Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 52 55.050 55.050 0.501    
17 Finland Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Ferrari 51 1 lap        
18 Russian Federation Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri Honda 11          
19 Denmark Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 0          
20 Germany Nico Hulkenberg Racing Point Mercedes 0          

F1 British Grand Prix fastest laps

Cla Driver Chassis Engine Laps Time Gap Interval km/h
1 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull Honda 52 1'27.097     243.494
2 Thailand Alex Albon Red Bull Honda 52 1'28.689 1.592 1.592 239.123
3 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Mercedes 45 1'29.238 2.141 0.549 237.652
4 Finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes Mercedes 41 1'29.265 2.168 0.027 237.580
5 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Renault Renault 49 1'29.482 2.385 0.217 237.004
6 France Esteban Ocon Renault Renault 50 1'29.491 2.394 0.009 236.980
7 France Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri Honda 52 1'29.603 2.506 0.112 236.684
8 France Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 49 1'29.782 2.685 0.179 236.212
9 Monaco Charles Leclerc Ferrari Ferrari 49 1'29.813 2.716 0.031 236.130
10 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren Renault 47 1'29.948 2.851 0.135 235.776
11 Finland Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Ferrari 49 1'29.973 2.876 0.025 235.710
12 United Kingdom Lando Norris McLaren Renault 41 1'30.058 2.961 0.085 235.488
13 Canada Lance Stroll Racing Point Mercedes 44 1'30.475 3.378 0.417 234.402
14 Canada Nicholas Latifi Williams Mercedes 44 1'30.501 3.404 0.026 234.335
15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Ferrari Ferrari 44 1'30.537 3.440 0.036 234.242
16 United Kingdom George Russell Williams Mercedes 41 1'30.862 3.765 0.325 233.404
17 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Ferrari 49 1'30.977 3.880 0.115 233.109
18 Russian Federation Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri Honda 11 1'32.443 5.346 1.466 229.412

F1 British Grand Prix tyre history chart

Cla Driver Chassis Engine 1 2 3
1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Mercedes M 16 H 39    
2 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull Honda M 16 H 37 S 5
3 Monaco Charles Leclerc Ferrari Ferrari M 16 H 39    
4 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Renault Renault S 15 H 40    
5 United Kingdom Lando Norris McLaren Renault S 15 H 40    
6 France Esteban Ocon Renault Renault S 15 H 40    
7 France Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri Honda M 12 H 40    
8 Thailand Alex Albon Red Bull Honda M 6 H 24 M 25
9 Canada Lance Stroll Racing Point Mercedes M 16 H 39    
10 Germany Sebastian Vettel Ferrari Ferrari S 15 H 40    
11 Finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes Mercedes M 16 H 37 S 5
12 United Kingdom George Russell Williams Mercedes M 12 H 40    
13 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren Renault S 16 H 38 M 1
14 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Ferrari M 12 H 40    
15 Canada Nicholas Latifi Williams Mercedes M 12 H 40    
16 France Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari M 36 H 16    
17 Finland Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Ferrari M 12 H 35 S 4
  Russian Federation Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri Honda M 11        
  Denmark Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari M 0        
  Germany Nico Hulkenberg Racing Point Mercedes H 0        
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