Carlos Sainz drove to victory at the British Grand Prix, taking his first Formula 1 win in 150 races. Red Bull’s Sergio Pérez crossed the line seconds ahead of Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton to complete the podium.
“This is probably the best feeling you can have as a driver to win for Ferrari in such a great place as Silverstone,” Sainz said. “Mentally it was one of the toughest races I’ve done: mastering the holes, lots of fights on the track, the second start. We had some understeer and on the second stint I was told to save fuel if i wanted to make it to the end so the elevator and the coast put me in danger from the cars behind it.
“… At the restart I had fresher tires, but we were fighting as a team for 1-2, so I tried to be as clean as possible when overtaking Charles. The fuel economy behind the Safety Car then allowed me to push until the end and finally get my first win.”
In the final sector of the race, Pérez went wheel to wheel with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, giving Hamilton room to double overtake the duo and claim a podium spot.
Championship leader Max Verstappen had a tough race after running over a stretch of carbon fiber and damaging the body of his car. The Dutchman finished in seventh place ahead of Mick Schumacher, who earned his first F1 point.
Earlier in the race, Alfa Romeo driver Zhou Guanyu was stretchered out after a major crash in turn 1. Guanyu was involved in a three-car accident involving Alpha Tauri’s George Russell and Pierre Gasly. Gasly made contact with Russell who collided with Guanyu. Guanyu flipped upside down and skidded into the gravel around the tire barrier. He was removed from the car and taken off the track on a stretcher.
Williams driver Alex Albon was also involved in a crash on the opening lap and was taken to a local hospital for further examination.
After evaluation, Guanyu was cleared and released from the medical center.
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