70th Anniversary Grand Prix Drivers Notes


A perfect performance from Max Verstappen, while Sebastian Vettel has another weekend to forget. Notes from the drivers of the 70th anniversary Grand Prix…

Here are the gates scores of race two at Silverstone, provided to PlanetF1 by Late Braking.

Max Verstappen – 10

Mercedes’ undefeated streak in 2020 is over and it is perhaps no surprise that the reign ends in the hands of Max Verstappen.

Starting from the hard tire in P4, Verstappen had a good start to the race, getting rid of Nico Hulkenberg before Turn 1. Where the Mercedes struggled with the tires, Verstappen managed his skillfully, maintaining his pace even after the Mercedes duo entered the pits for the first time.

From there, Verstappen held the advantage and was not to let him slip away, even with the Mercedes pushing alternative strategies for him.

Lewis Hamilton – 7

Entering the race with a 30-point advantage, Hamilton was able to maintain this championship lead although the driver behind him immediately changed.

Staying longer than Bottas in his second stint, Hamilton kept enough life in the tires to allow him to overtake his Mercedes team-mate and claim second place. It was by no means a perfect race, but the late surge helped limit the damage.

Valtteri Bottas – 7

Starting from pole, Valtteri Bottas cannot be happy to have been beaten not only by his team-mate, but also by another car.

While Bottas appeared to be the faster of the two Mercedes in the first half of the race, Mercedes was forced to split their strategies in order to deflect the victory from Max Verstappen. In the end, neither succeeded, but Bottas will be asking questions as his strategy turned out to be the second best in the Mercedes camp.

Charles Leclerc – 9

While not quite a return to the podium, Charles Leclerc increased his points total with another solid result, finishing at the top of those attempting a one-stop-shop strategy.

Thanks to excellent tire management, the Racing Point duo were unable to catch up with Leclerc and another 12 points means they are now responsible for 57 of the team’s 67 points.

Alex Albon – 6

There are two ways to look at this performance by Alex Albon. On the one hand, Albon made some terrific moves, using Copse and Stowe in particular. P5 was a four-place improvement on his grid position and he handled the tires well.

On the other hand, Albon was once again far from his teammate (39 seconds behind this time) and could not contribute to the fight between Red Bull and Mercedes. On this occasion, Verstappen got to see the doubles team but that’s not how it will always be.

Lance Walk – 7

After a busy weekend off the track, it’s somewhat ironic that the Racing Point duo have had such calm races.

Lance Stroll avoided his teammate’s embarrassment to gain the upper hand in the race after being overqualified, although he needed a late third stop from Hulkenberg to do so. Solid points here though.

Nico Hulkenberg – 7

The prospect of a podium in F1 is once again suspended for Nico Hülkenberg who could not capitalize on his starting position P3 to give him a place on the stand.

Having said that, it was a really solid weekend for Hülkenberg in a car he has so little experience with. Maybe it was to be expected a bad start to the race but he settled into a solid race from there.

Esteban Ocon – 8

A three-spot demotion on the grid for a qualifying offense saw Ocon return to 14th place, but a six-spot improvement saw him score four points, Renault’s total for the weekend.

Another driver who did a great job on tire management, while others were forced to stop twice, Ocon kept the lead and stuck to his one-stop-shop strategy.

Lando Norris – 7

It says a lot about Norris’ start to the season that P9’s place seems like such a disappointment, even though it was a solid performance and he was the only point source for McLaren.

Throughout practice and qualifying it emerged that a few of the other midfield teams had a slight advantage, so the P9 place seems fair.

Daniil Kvyat – 9

An astonishing recovery was needed from Daniil Kvyat following an unexpected layoff in the first quarter. Luckily for the AlphaTauri rider, that’s exactly what he delivered in the race, pretty much squeezing through the points.

What is most remarkable is that Kvyat was able to do it on a two-stop strategy, beating his teammate, Sainz and Vettel, among others, who had started very far.

Pierre Gasly – 6

A great job in qualifying must have given Gasly the confidence to score points on Sunday, but it didn’t.

Responding to Albon’s early stoppage, Gasly struggled with his tires on his second stint, which left him with a long third stint on the hard tires. Trying as best he could, the points from there were unachievable.

Sebastian Vettel – 5

Starting just outside the top 10 on hard tires, Vettel was in an excellent position to reverse a poor qualifying and save his weekend. All hopes of that collapsed in a corner, as a spin on Turn 1 landed him a 20th place of 20.

Realistically, the points have become a long shot. He covered part of the field but not enough to reach the top 10, Sebastian not being satisfied with the strategy implemented by the team.

Carlos Sainz – 5

P13 place in the first race at Silverstone. P13 place in the second race at Silverstone. Zero points in two races is far from the ideal fortnight Sainz had worked for.

Frustratingly the last time it was a tire problem that saw him fall outside the top 10. This time he never competed in the race ahead and it was a lack of pace that got him. prevented from scoring, as well as becomes a usual mistake of the pit crew.

Daniel Ricciardo – 5

With a Renault P5 starting and a P5 starting, few would have been bold enough to predict that the latter would be the only one to score points.

With a good pace in qualifying, the race did not go perfectly but the points seemed possible until a spin on Turn 3 completely derailed his progress. An unusual mistake by the Australian.

Kimi Raikkonen – 8

After a dismal run last time around, Raikkonen rebounded with a solid performance to lead the bottom trio of cars with a one-stop-shop strategy.

Romain Grosjean – 7

Grosjean’s Saturday was arguably his best day of the season so far, coming out of Q1 and taking 13th place.

It was a bad start to the race but he recovered well to stay ahead of Giovinazzi and the two Williams drivers.

Antonio Giovinazzi – 6

The Alfa Romeo continues to struggle in terms of pace, the proof is that Giovinazzi has just held the Williams drivers to three stops of less than two seconds.

George Russell – 6

Apart from Nico Hülkenberg, the Williams riders were the only ones to attempt a three saves, but this strategy could not prevent them from finishing last and penultimate on the track. Russell can at least be happy that he barely saw Latifi’s threat.

Nicolas Latifi – 6

For a short while, it looked like Latifi could take the win ahead of his teammate, but the hard tires couldn’t quite hold up until the end, ending up pitting the midrange with five laps to go.

That said, it was the closest Latifi to beating his teammate in a direct fight.

Did not finish

Kevin Magnussen – 5

Kevin Magnussen lasted much longer this time around compared to his first race at Silverstone, but the result was the same, citing lack of tire life as the reason for his retirement. To go with that, he was given a five second penalty for how he joined the track in a battle with Latifi.

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