The F1 British GP proved to be a thrilling one both in terms of the racing and also statistics and other information.
It was a close fight for F1 British GP pole at Silverstone with Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas edging out Lewis Hamilton by 0.006s margin. It wasn’t the same in the grand prix though as strategic gamble paid dividends for Hamilton despite losing out to Bottas early on.
The British took the victory ahead of Bottas for yet another 1-2 for Mercedes as Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc eventually finished third after much dramas between them along with Sebastine Vettel against the Red Bull Racing pair, throughout the grand prix.
Red Bull’s Pierre Gasly was fourth with Max Verstappen in fifth after tangling with Vettel. McLaren’s Carlos Sainz was best of the rest after holding off Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo with Alfa Romeo Racing’s Kimi Raikkonen keeping Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat at bay for eighth.
The Top 10 was covered by Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg. Here’s some key statistics and information from the British GP weekend:
- Hamilton scored his 80th career F1 win, seventh in 2019 and 59th for Mercedes. It is his sixth British GP victory which is the most by a racer to set a new record as he leapfrogged Alain Prost and Jim Clark.
- Britain joins Canada, USA, Hungary and China in Hamilton’s record list of six F1 wins and more in a particular grand prix.
- Mercedes registered its 96th F1 win, seventh in British GP. It is Mercedes’ seventh 1-2 finish of 2019.
- Hamilton scores his 143rd podium, Bottas his 39th and Leclerc his fifth – it is the latter’s fourth consecutive podium finish as well.
- Leclerc has four third place finishes and four fifth place finishes from the 10 races in 2019.
- Bottas scored his 10th career pole as Hamilton registered his 43rd career fastest lap.
- With Gasly ending up fourth, he not only registered his best result for Red Bull but also equaled his F1 best and actually finished ahead of Verstappen for the first time in 2019 as teammates.
- Despite the hit from Vettel, Verstappen ended up fifth to keep his record of now 19 races inside the Top 5, which is naturally also 19 races in points – an ongoing record.
- It spelled the end of Vettel’s consecutive points finishes record at 19 since the 2018 Hungarian GP.
- For Hamilton and Bottas though, they have now stretched to 22 races in points since the 2018 British GP – they have amassed one full season now in points.
- Kvyat gained the most places in British GP, starting 17th and finishing ninth.
- Three retirements were registered in British GP with both the Haas drivers going out early on and then Antonio Giovinazzi slightly later. It is Haas’ first double retirement since the 2018 Australian GP, Romain Grosjean’s fifth this year and Kevin Magnussen’s first. They had one car disqualified in US GP while the other retired but it wasn’t a double non-finish.
- Only one change was made to the drivers’ championship after the race with Raikkonen moving up one position to eighth but the constructors’ championship standings stayed exactly the same as before the race for the first time in 2019.
- With Giovinazzi’s retirement, only Mercedes and Williams remain with 100 percent reliability record in 2019.
- Red Bull set the official record of 1.91s pit stop time for Gasly beating the previous joint record held by Red Bull and Williams.
- Hulkenberg has seven consecutive points finish in British GP, while Raikkonen made it 14 points finishes in 15 appearances.
- While Hamilton continues to lead the way with 239 consecutive race starts, Ricciardo sits eighth in the Top 10 list with 160 to his name since his debut in 2011 British GP.
- Only a single penalty was given all weekend, for Vettel’s collision with Verstappen. The German has six penalty points to his name.
— DHL_Motorsports (@DHL_Motorsports) July 15, 2019
The stats were compiled by Jack Elleker and Darshan Chokhani