Giovinazzi decides the Silverstone race
As strange as it might seem, a retirement in the midfield decided the outcome of the 70th British Grand Prix: when Antonio Giovinazzi spun off, Valtteri Bottas had already made his first pit stop, while Hamilton had yet to pit.
Lewis had thus the advantage of pitting under Safety Car conditions, had also the advantage of a better strategy and came out as the winner, as his only rival was his team-mate.
Behind the unassailable Mercedes duo, Ferrari and Red Bull fought hard for third place, their pace evenly matched. That place was decided when Leclerc overtook Gasly on the outside at the Loop turn on the 36th lap, and one lap later, when Vettel rammed Verstappen. Leclerc was then third and Gasly fourth.
Hamilton took also the fastest lap of the race on the final lap, despite having a much harder compound than his team-mate Bottas, who had recorded it some laps earlier, and now his advantage in the standings over his team-mate is 39 points.
Numbers from the F.1 race
143-43 – Lewis Hamilton recorded his 143rd podium and his 43rd fastest race lap in Silverstone.
140 – Lewis Hamilton recorded his 140th front row start in Britain.
80 – Hamilton scored his 80th win at the same track in which Michael Schumacher scored his 80th win in 2004.
60 – Bottas recorded the 60th pole for Finland in Formula 1 history.
19 – Vettel didn’t finish in the points for the first time after 19 straight races.
10-3 – Valtteri Bottas scored only three wins out of his 10 career poles.
10 – Valtteri Bottas recorded his 10th career pole, equalling Jochen Rindt at the 33rd all-time spot.
9 – Hamilton scored his 9th Silverstone podium, adding his home track to the ones in which he scored the highest number of podiums: Melbourne and Shanghai.
7 – Mercedes is the only constructor with two strings of seven poles in two different circuits: they recorded this record this year in Catalunya and Silverstone.
0.006 – With only 0.006 seconds separating Bottas and Hamilton in qualifying, this was the 7th closest pole since the electronic timing was introduced in 1982. The record belongs to Jerez 1997, when Jacques Villeneuve, Michael Schumacher and Heinz-Harald Frentzen all recorded the same time.
6 – Hamilton is the first driver with 6 wins in the British GP. Leaves at five Jim Clark and Alain Prost.
6 – Hamilton matched Alain Prost for wins at his home race: Hamilton won 6 times the British GP, Prost 6 times the French one.
5 - 5th career podium for Charles Leclerc, equalling Andrea de Cesaris, Olivier Panis and Piero Taruffi at the 95th all-time spot.
4 – Pierre Gasly equalled his best career result, fourth, obtained last year in Bahrain.
3 – For the third time Hamilton, Bottas and Leclerc finished on the podium together and it was always in this order (Bahrain, France and Great Britain 2019).