World Championship: Hamilton and Mercedes make the most of the collision

18-07-2021 19:29
by GPblog.com
F1 News
World Championship: Hamilton and Mercedes make the most of the collision

After a string of dominant wins and a strong sprint race, things were looking up for Red Bull Racing at the start of the British Grand Prix. Max Verstappen was on pole and his race pace looked good in practice. He just had to survive the first lap...

That didn't work out spectacularly. At last, it was a close call you could say. The battle between Lewis Hamilton and the Dutchman has been so intense all season that a collision was bound to happen sooner or later. This collision was therefore predictable, but it is nevertheless a bitter pill for Verstappen and Red Bull because in one blow they have lost their lead in both championships.

Hamilton may have been penalised by the FIA for his opportunistic overtaking of Verstappen, but he was the one who took full advantage of the situation. The British could celebrate a party anyway because Lando Norris also benefits from Red Bull's bad weekend. He is now third in the championship at the expense of Sergio Perez.

Drivers' standings

1. Max Verstappen 185
2. Lewis Hamilton 177
3. Lando Norris 113
4. Valtteri Bottas 108
5. Sergio Perez 104
6. Charles Leclerc 80
7. Carlos Sainz 68
8. Daniel Ricciardo 50
9. Pierre Gasly 39
10. Sebastian Vettel 30
11. Fernando Alonso 26
12. Lance Stroll 18
13. Esteban Ocon 14
14. Yuki Tsunoda 10
15. Kimi Raikkonen 1
16. Antonio Giovinazzi 1
17. George Russell 0
18. Mick Schumacher 0
19. Nicholas Latifi 0
20. Nikita Mazepin 0
     

Constructors' standings

1. Red Bull Racing 289
2. Mercedes 285
3. McLaren 163
4. Ferrari 148
5. AlphaTauri 49
6. Aston Martin 48
7. Alpine 40
8, Alfa Romeo 2
9. Williams 0
10. Haas 0

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