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Scars Revealed From Zhou's Monster Crash; The young Australian star gets his first win

Scars Revealed From Zhou's Monster Crash; The Australian up-and-coming star takes his first win: F1 Pit Talk (Author: Gardener)

Monster CrashDescribing Zhou Guanyu as happy to have gotten away from his monster smash at Silverstone undercuts the time and effort that goes into improving safety in Formula 1 impact, it's difficult to the lucky stars of the Chinese driver not to thank the sport for escaping the first-round pile-up with little more than a few bruises. The forces involved in the accident cannot be underestimated and as if the footage weren't enough to emphasize this, new photos have emerged showing just how much energy the car carried as it flipped upside down and upside down course was set to perdition. Watch every Practice, Qualifying and Race of the 2022 FIA Formula One World Championship™ live on Kayo. More encouraging news elsewhere in the paddock: Australia returned to the top step of the podium with Jack Doohan's maiden F2 win, albeit more in F2 than the premier class. It's a timely advancement in his first campaign in the category and a sign that his sudden change of plans this year is paying off. And the broader antipodes are better represented on the F1 periphery this week, with Red Bull Racing announcing a Kiwi as the new reserve driver, set to replace the downed Juri Vips for the remainder of the year. Zhou Guanyu's terrifying wheel-slamming into the safety fence at the first turn of the British Grand Prix made headlines, but it's only after the carnage that the forces involved are better appreciated. Aside from several videos taken by fans demonstrating the power of the crash, Sky Sports reporter Craig Slater posted a photo of the damage to the track surface itself caused by the impact of Zhou's car, which landed on his head and crashed into the gravel grinded. The car's roll bar will no doubt be a key area of ​​interest, although it's worth noting that the halo withstands a greater vertical impact than the roll bar, which might explain part of the way why one withstood the impact and not the other. Russell was seen helping the Marshal Coordination efforts as the volunteers attempted to extricate Zhou from the debris wedged between the tire wall and the fence. Illott, who charted with Russell and spent two years racing Formula 3 against his compatriot, said the Mercedes driver's impulse to help was very much in keeping with his demeanor as he rose through the ranks. However, Russell's selflessness cost him a place at the restart of the race when marshals picked up his car while it was parked at the track, after which regulations dictated that he be classified as a non-finisher. Australia's Jack Doohan has clinched the first win of his Formula Two career after a furious drive in wet weather at the British Grand Prix. Doohan started the sprint race fourth but made short work of Juri Vips, Enzo Fittipaldi and then Jehan Daruvala to take the lead in treacherous wet conditions. He easily built up a lead early in the race but as the track dried out he was caught again by DAMS F2 rookie Ayumu Iwasa whose rain tires were in better shape by the end of the non-stop race. He was only able to finish ninth in the feature race after his contrast strategy saw him start on the hard tyre, dropping him places off the line, and a slow pit stop cost him a chance of a better result. The quality of his ride in the wet - typical conditions in which inherently talented drivers excel - will not have gone unnoticed and underscores the 19-year-old's progress in his rookie F2 campaign after finishing second in last year's F3 had become championship. It's also justification for his switch of development academies from Red Bull to Alpine this year, a move the Australian said would help him grow better as a rider, a fact borne out in his results. “The time in the factory, the racing simulation support, but also the vehicle development in 2023 and simply the opportunity to feel much more involved in the team than in previous years elsewhere. “I really create a good relationship between the different people in the Formula 1 team and across the academy and I'm really just trying to bring out the best potential I can have to make sure I play on track. “You win and then it's not just obviously one of the Formula 1 teams; you'll be in everyone's eyes.” Doohan is eighth overall but the highest-placed series rookie behind Williams-backed lone Logan Sargeant. A few more podiums this year would cement his status as a rising star with F1 potential. Red Bull Racing have picked 20-year-old Kiwi promoted Liam Lawson as their next test and reserve driver after dropping Juri Vips from their youth program following the Estonian's racism controversy. Lawson is currently in his second season in Formula 2, having switched from Hitech to Carlin earlier this year, and is currently fifth in the Drivers' Championship. The New Zealander has been part of the illustrious Red Bull Junior Team since 2019 and can look back on a varied junior career with championships in the Toyota Racing Series and the New Zealand F1600 Series as well as runners-up in the Australian and German Formula 4 Formula 3 equivalent Euroformula Open . He also drove alongside teammate Alex Albon in the DTM for the first time last season, where he finished an agonizing three points adrift of the rookie title from experienced touring car driver Maximilian Götz. Vips has already made his practice debut with Red Bull Racing in Spain. The promotion makes Lawson by definition the longest-serving rider among Red Bull's up-and-coming talents, despite trailing India's Jehan Daruvala by one place and 21 points. He has won the Italian F4 Championship and F3 title as a Red Bull junior since 2018 and after a slow start to his rookie F2 campaign this season, he has had two wins in the last three rounds. Lawson is also the highest-ranked Antipodean racer up the F1 ladder, leading fellow countryman Kiwi Marcus Armstrong in sixth and Australians Jack Doohan and Calan Williams in eighth and 19th respectively. Vips has kept his contract with Hitech to watch this year's F2 campaign, despite losing his support from Red Bull after using a racial slur while streaming on Twitch. The Estonian, who has had three podium finishes so far this year, is currently seventh in the overall standings.

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Lewis Hamilton finally opens up on Abu Dhabi heartbreak with defiant F1 vow

Lewis Hamilton secured a sensational podium in a rough Silverstone during a dramatic British Grand Prix - and the Brit opened the controversial finale of the 2021 season (Author: Gardener)

Lewis HamiltonLewis Hamilton secured a sensational podium in a rough Silverstone during a dramatic British Grand Prix - and the Brit opened the controversial finale of the 2021 season. Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton has declared he will finally "climb back up" as a seven-time world champion spoke the absurd end of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix that decided the epic battle for the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship. Hamilton looked certain of winning a record-breaking eighth world championship, moving away from the seven he currently owns alongside F1 icon Michael Schumacher. Former race director Michael Masi made the stunning decision to only allow the lapped cars between Red Bull's Max Verstappen and Hamilton to pass the safety car, allowing for a single lap of dramatic racing. The move was clearly motivated to ensure that one of the greatest seasons in F1 history ended in a race. As a result, with Verstappen on fresh, soft tires, Hamilton was a sitting duck as the Dutchman retired at turn five to clinch his maiden title. Hamilton, like fans around the world, was in disbelief and said over the radio: "It was rigged." Finally, Hamilton addressed the disappointment experienced in the championship final. "My father gave me the value of never giving up and the easiest thing is to give up," Hamilton told Sky Sports. Lewis Hamilton was heartbroken after Max Verstappen accidentally came out on top at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, winning the world championship in the process. The eight-time world champions struggled with severe shocks as their cars rattled uncontrollably under the new regulations and car designs introduced for the 2022 season, leaving Mercedes uncompetitive in the fight for victories. Hamilton remains optimistic and was philosophical when discussing the challenges of 2022. He said: "I came back into a season and I've been struggling all year and I don't know why that's the case this year. Winning is everything, work towards winning. And so anything but felt like a failure at times. Success and everything is a beautiful thing, but you learn much, much more when you stumble and fall. “I used to think about things for so long, but now I can go ahead and just try harder next time. Work harder, dig deeper, learn more – whatever it is.” Lewis Hamilton secured a superb third place finish at the British Grand Prix, sending the home fans home happy. Do you think Lewis Hamilton will win a race in 2022? Hamilton secured a place on the podium at his home British Grand Prix, a race he has won a record eight times, while Ferrari star Carlos Sainz celebrated his maiden win at Silverstone. Championship leader Verstappen suffered damage to his car and only finished seventh. However, Hamilton felt he could have recorded a stunning ninth win at Silverstone had luck been on his side. A slow pit stop saw him fail to undercut Sainz and Charles Leclerc in the closing stages, while battling admirably against Red Bull's Sergio Perez but was narrowly edged to second place by the Mexican. "I was doing good times and catching them up and had a really good, long stint and I really thought maybe we could fight for the win but unfortunately the gaps were a bit too big and the pit stop wasn't very good," said Hamilton completed. “In the end I had problems with the warm-up and lost to two cars. The 22-race F1 2022 campaign continues on July 10 with the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring.

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Halo saved Zhou, but the crash raised two new safety concerns

The halo saved the day at the British Grand Prix, but Zhou Guanyu's crash raised new safety issues that F1 must address quickly. (Author: Gardener)

ZhouAfter his crash at the British Grand Prix, Alfa Romeo driver Guanyu Zhou tweeted that the halo cockpit protection on his car saved his life. Although the concept is relatively simple, a titanium ring over the driver's helmet, it has proven remarkably effective, protecting drivers from serious injury and in some cases death on a number of occasions since its inception, the FIA, is always looking at ways improve safety and Zhou's crash on the first lap at Silverstone will be no different. As with all major accidents, the FIA ​​will conduct a full investigation into the incident to learn how safety can be improved at future races. Although the FIA ​​has not yet indicated what the investigation will focus on or when it will be completed, two clear areas of concern are in the wake of Sunday's accident. The first was where Zhou's car landed when it came to a stop. The last bit of the accident threw the car over the barrier designed to absorb shock and into the safety fences behind a grandstand, but when Zhou's car stopped, it also fell into a narrow gap behind the tire barrier. Being trapped between the tire barrier and the safety fence made it difficult for rescuers to extricate Zhou from the wreckage, which would have been even more concerning if the Chinese driver had been seriously injured in the accident or the car had caught fire. Russell, who got out of his car in the run-off area and ran to Zhou, said the sport needed lessons from Sunday's accident about the placement of crash barriers and safety fences. "It was awful being stuck in that position, there [there was] nothing he could do," said Russell. The roll bar, located behind the cockpit, is mandatory on all F1 cars and must withstand forces of 60 kilonewtons laterally, 70kN longitudinally and withstand 105 kN vertically to pass the crash tests necessary for racing.Theoretically, the roll bar is designed to absorb the brunt of the car's impact while leaving enough space to protect the driver's head.In Zhou's accident, it seems however, it appeared as if the car's roll bar was ripped off as it slid through the run-off zone, meaning the only thing left protecting Zhou's head was the halo Part of the FIA's investigation is likely to focus on whether changes have been made can be made to the roll bar to reinforce it in such a situation, because if the car had come to a stop upside down, Zhou would be inside been caught. The fact that Zhou and Alex Albon, who was himself involved in a bad accident further down the line, escaped his accidents without major injuries is a testament to the FIA's process of investigating every major incident in Formula 1 and out to learn from him. As with the accidents that led to the launch of the Halo, lessons learned from Zhou's accident at Silverstone may save lives in the future.

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Belgian and French GPs 'not on 2023 calendar' as F1 returns to South Africa

According to a report, the 2023 F1 schedule will consist of 24 races, starting in March and excluding the normally annual races at Spa and Paul Ricard - although Monaco appears safe (Author: Gardener)

BelgianAccording to a report, the 2023 F1 schedule will consist of 24 races, starting in March and excluding the normally annual races at Spa and Paul Ricard - although Monaco appears safe. The historic Belgian Grand Prix will be scrapped from the 2023 Formula 1 calendar to make room for a return to South Africa, according to a report. F1 heads to Las Vegas for the first time since botched races in the parking lot of Caesars Palace in the 1980s, while the sport's bosses have expressed a desire to expand to more corners of the world. Last month it was reported that there were talks of returning to South Africa to race at Kyalami for the first time in 30 years. And new information suggests it will feature on the 2023 calendar, with high-profile races in Europe being cut to make room. According to de Telegraaf, F1 bosses plan to have 24 races next year, which would be a new record for the sport. And as new venues are added to freshen up the schedule, the Belgian and French Grands Prix will be axed. The race at Spa-Francorchamps was held before the F1 World Championship was established and has only been missing for six years since 1950. The only way that number wouldn't hit seven would be if talks collapsed over the Kyalami race, with Belgium potentially winning a year-long contract extension if that were the case. It looks like F1 is reviving the South African Grand Prix after a 30-year absence. The grand prix total could still drop to 23 depending on whether it is possible to race in China or not. While the looming ax is bad news for Belgium and France, it is respite for the Monaco Grand Prix. His current contract also expires this year, leading to speculation that the Monaco race would be scrapped if F1 bosses had to make room on the schedule. According to this report, however, the principality is to remain in place "if an agreement is reached on the extension of the contract". Monaco appear to have avoided losing their place on the F1 calendar. The report adds that F1 bosses "want to put together a more logical calendar" after criticizing the logistical requirements of adding more races. For example, they hope to arrange the Miami Grand Prix as a direct follow-up to the race in Canada if possible - a much shorter journey than elsewhere.

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The frantic end of the British GP was 'F1 at its best'

Lewis Hamilton believes Formula 1 has shown the best it has to offer over the past few laps at Silverstone. (Author: Gardener)

BritishMercedes' Lewis Hamilton was thrilled to have witnessed several cars wheel-to-wheel in the closing stages of the British Grand Prix. The seven-time former world champion was in contention for victory at the British Grand Prix, leading his opening laps of the season as the Ferrari drivers pitted. A slightly slower pit stop meant Hamilton ended up behind Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz after the stops with the prospect of an exciting strategic battle as Hamilton was on much fresher tyres. However, the race was essentially reset with 15 laps to go when the safety car came out because Alpine's Esteban Ocon broke down on the old pit straight. This allowed almost all drivers a free pit stop to switch to a new set of soft tyres, although Ferrari opted against losing track position with Leclerc and kept the Monegasque on aging hard rubber. As Leclerc struggled for grip after racing resumed, it resulted in a wild but clean fight as Carlos Sainz passed his teammate to put Leclerc back in the clutches of Hamilton and Sergio Perez. With the trio constantly swapping places, it allowed Fernando Alonso and Lando Norris to get involved – resulting in a thrilling couple of laps as the drivers dice for positions. While Hamilton ultimately lost to Perez and had to settle for third place on the podium, he was delighted with how the fight had unfolded. "I definitely have," he said when asked if he enjoyed such a tense fight. “It reminded me a lot of the karting days and I feel like this is the best Formula 1 – the fact that we could follow lap after lap and roll the dice like that is a testament to the direction we're going where I think we are now. "That was me. I'm just grateful I got to be in the fight because I haven't been in this fight in a while. Hamilton is yet to win a race in 2022, meaning it is now his longest season without a win. After not appearing to have much hope of winning many races so far this year, he was asked if it felt strange not being able to attend every Grand Prix and if Silverstone had given him hope of continuing his winning record at least one race in each F1 season in which he has driven. "It's not a strange feeling at all. "I've had a lot of years in my career, probably whether or not... maybe not many, but I've definitely had years in my career where I haven't had wins for a while. But yes, there has been… the progress we've made in the last few races has definitely given us hope for more to come. As Hamilton received the crowd's thunderous approval as he sped past Perez and Leclerc onto the pit lane, the local hero said he could draw energy from the crowd's support. "It's so noisy in the car with our earplugs on, but I could feel it.

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Halo saved Zhou, but the crash raised two new safety concerns

The halo saved the day at the British Grand Prix, but Zhou Guanyu's crash raised new safety issues that F1 must address quickly. (Author: Gardener)

ZhouAfter his crash at the British Grand Prix, Alfa Romeo driver Guanyu Zhou tweeted that the halo cockpit protection on his car saved his life. The halo became mandatory for Formula 1 cars in 2018 after years of research by the FIA ​​to find ways to better protect a driver's head in open-cockpit races. That said, the sport's governing body, the FIA, is always looking for ways to improve safety and Zhou's crash on the first lap at Silverstone will be no different. As with all major accidents, the FIA ​​will conduct a full investigation into the incident to learn how safety can be improved at future races. Although the FIA ​​has not yet indicated what the investigation will focus on or when it will conclude, there are two clear areas of concern following Sunday's accident. After being flipped over as a result of contact with George Russell, the Alfa Romeo slid headfirst through the tarmac run-off area before digging into the gravel behind and rolling over the tire barrier. The final bit of the crash threw the car over the barrier designed to absorb shock and into the safety fence behind it. The safety fence did its job remarkably well, preventing the car from flying into an area near marshal's posts, photographers and a grandstand, but when Zhou's car was stopped it also fell into a narrow gap behind the tire barrier. Being trapped between the tire barrier and the safety fence made it difficult for rescuers to extricate Zhou from the wreckage, which would have been even more concerning if the Chinese driver had been seriously injured in the accident or the car had caught fire. Russell, who got out of his car in the run-off area and ran to check on Zhou, said the sport needed to learn lessons about crash barriers and the placement of fencing fences from Sunday's accident. "The space between the barriers and the metal fence and he was just stuck in there, nowhere. The roll bar, which sits behind the cockpit, is mandatory on all F1 cars and must withstand forces of 60kN laterally, 70kN longitudinally and laterally.” 105kN vertically to pass the crash tests necessary for the car to go racing can. In theory, the roll bar is designed to absorb the brunt of the car's impact while leaving enough room to protect the driver's head. In Zhou's accident, it appears as if the car's roll bar was ripped off as it passed through the run-off zone slipped, meaning the only thing protecting Zhou's head was the halo. Part of the FIA's investigation is likely to focus on whether changes can be made to the roll bar to strengthen it in such a situation, because if the car had come to a stop upside down Zhou would have been trapped inside. The fact that Zhou and Alex Albon, who was himself involved in a bad accident, below were the order esc to have mimicked their accidents without major injuries is testament to the FIA's process of investigating and learning from every major incident in Formula 1 . As with the accidents that led to the launch of the Halo, lessons learned from Zhou's accident at Silverstone may save lives in the future.

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Zhou Guanyu opens up about the F1 crash as incredible photo shows how Halo saved lives

Luckily, F1's Zhou Guanyu had no permanent injuries from the horrific crash on the first lap of the British Grand Prix, which threw him off the track and over the tire barrier (Author: Gardener)

Zhou GuanyuFortunately, Formula 1's Zhou Guanyu suffered no permanent damage from the horrific crash on the first lap of the British Grand Prix which threw him off the track and over the tire barrier Zhou Guanyu was involved in a horrific crash at the British Grand Prix F1 rookie Zhou Guanyu has thanked the medical staff who came to his aid after the horrific accident at the British GP. Zhou was driving at about 160 mph at Abbey Corner when George Russell cut off the back of his car. Earlier today, the 23-year-old took to social media to reach out to fans and those who have supported him through a very difficult time following the scary incident. Thank you everyone for the kind messages," he tweeted. “I would like to thank the Marshals and the medical team at Silverstone, they have been really fantastic. This comes after he praised the Halo safety device that was introduced ahead of the 2018 season as it ultimately saved the young star from serious injuries that could prove fatal. Thank you everyone for your kind messages!” At an eventful Grand Prix at Silverstone, protesters from climate activist group Just Stop Oil jumped the fence on the first lap and stormed the track. In a statement, the FIA ​​said: "We also confirm that after the red flag, several people tried to enter the track. The race was stopped immediately after the mega crash, which also affected Russell, Yuki Tsunoda, Esteban Ocon and Alexander Albon. The action was incredible as racing resumed and Carlos Sainz won his first ever Grand Prix, Sergio Perez made a brave comeback to finish second while a brave drive from Lewis Hamilton took him to third place. Zhou Guanyu took to social media after the horrific fall at the start of yesterday's British GP. The seven-time World Champion was locked in an almighty fight on the final laps as the front-runners battled for a place in the top three after a safety car restart. As Sainz raced into the distance to take the checkered flag, Hamilton had to battle for second place with Perez and Charles Leclerc. The Red Bull proved to be too quick as Perez opened up a lead and comfortably secured second place. But third place was all there was to play for and Hamilton drove expertly to eventually defeat Leclerc, who was struggling on old, hard tires to take his third podium of the season and second in a row.

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What is F1 Halo? The device that saved drivers Zhou Guanyu and Roy Nissany from the scare crashes in F1 and F2 at Silverstone

After saving the lives of Roy Nissany and Zhou Guanyu at Silverstone on Sunday, we are reminded why the 'halo' has become an integral part of Formula 1 cars since its introduction in 2018. (Author: Gardener)

Zhou GuanyuAfter saving the lives of Roy Nissany and Zhou Guanyu at Silverstone on Sunday, we are reminded why the 'halo' has become an integral part of Formula 1 cars since its introduction in 2018. © Alfa Romeo's Zhou Guanyu then slides onto the barrier A collision early in the race during... Two horrific crashes occurred at the Formula 1 and Formula 2 races at Silverstone on Sunday when the racers' cars crashed into the head fell. Experts suspected the drivers could have been killed - if it weren't for the life-saving "halo" device. On Sunday morning's opening lap at Silverstone, Formula 2 drivers Dennis Hauger and Roy Nissany suffered a violent collision. The racer's vehicle landed on top of his competitor's at high speed, bringing both cars to an abrupt stop in the gravel. Later in the Formula 1 race, Zhou Guanyu suffered a crash on the first lap. The racer's car rolled over several times at high speed and slid headfirst over the gravel. George Russell, another driver involved in the accident, ran to check on the Chinese driver's well-being. The halo is a safety device that rests over the cockpit of a Formula 1 car, it's a titanium structure covered in carbon fiber. As Formula 1 driver Zhou wrote on Twitter after the crash: "I'm fine, all right. Halo saved me today.” In 2015, the death of IndyCar driver Justin Wilson sparked calls for improved cockpit protection in open-wheel racing. In addition, Bianchi's death after his fall into a crane at the Japanese Grand Prix is ​​also often cited as a reason for the halo. During the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix, Romain Grosjean's car broke in half with the force of a 53G impact. Despite the inferno of fire that swallowed what was left of his car, Grosjean was saved from severe burns and quickly whisked to safety, avoiding serious trauma to his body or head. He said: "There is absolutely no doubt that the halo was the factor that saved the day - and saved Romain." Lewis Hamilton was involved in a bad crash with rival Max Verstappen at the 2021 Italian Grand Prix. After the crash, Hamilton said: "I feel very, very lucky today. Thank God for the halo that saved me and my neck.” In this case, the Brit's words are quite literal as he suffered no physical trauma.

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What we learned from the 2022 British GP, from Ferrari's confused thinking to Guanyu's life-saving halo

A win should be cause for celebration, but Carlos Sainz's victory will have sparked even more frustration and introspection at Ferrari (Author: Gardener)

FerrariSILVERSTONE – Carlos Sainz celebrated his first Formula 1 victory on his 150th race start on an extraordinary day at Silverstone. The Spaniard edged out Sergio Perez, Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari team-mate Charles Leclerc to secure a historic victory in a race that started in dramatic - and alarming - fashion. Alfa Romeo driver Zhou Guanyu suffered a horror crash on the first lap when his car flipped on its roof and spiraled off the track before again flipping over a tire barrier and into the vicinity of spectators at Turn 1. Luckily, Guanyu left the scene (relatively) unharmed, and he admitted that the halo on his car "saved his life." The protesters represented the organization Just Stop Oil, which works to combat climate change. Here I look at the big talking points of the British Grand Prix... While a win should be cause for celebration, Carlos Sainz's first Grand Prix win at Silverstone sparked even more frustration and introspection at Ferrari. If Scuderia is to deny Max Verstappen a second world title, they will have to follow Red Bull's lead and put one driver above the other. This means that the faster Charles Leclerc is first in line from now on. There is some understanding that Ferrari have a window of just six seconds to assess which driver would give them the best chance of winning the British Grand Prix in a nine-lap shootout at the end. Coincidentally, race leader Leclerc was ordered to stay on aging hard tires to hold position, while Sainz was brought in for fresh soft tires. Twice before the safety car period, Ferrari held Leclerc too long behind the slower Sainz. However, had Esteban Ocon not raised the yellow flag with 14 laps to go, Leclerc was the favorite to win despite the prospect of fending off an attacking Lewis Hamilton, freshly booted for the final 18 laps. Finishing fourth behind Hamilton felt like a failure for the winning team. Ferrari's confused thinking cost Leclerc 15 points, the difference between first and fourth, on a day when Max Verstappen was ranked for seventh. Instead of going to Austria 28 points behind the leaders, Leclerc is third, 43 points behind. Had Max Verstappen not collected debris from Pierre Gasly's Alpha Tauri, he could have lost the race in a Red Bull full of upgrades. Then again, Ocon failed to deploy the safety car, Hamilton sped towards the Ferraris in the fastest car on track. Hamilton reported more jumps in the fast corners, but in race trim, once the tires were on, the Mercedes was as quick as any Red Bulls bar, as evidenced by the flare of fastest laps. The safety car brought Sergio Perez back into the equation on fresh rubber, whom Hamilton was unable to contain over a brief nine-lap stint. Had he still been chasing Sainz and Leclerc on fresher hard courts, Silverstone might have witnessed a special rendition of 'Hammertime'. Despite being the shortest circuit on the calendar after Monaco and Brazil, the Red Bull Ring in Austria is a fast, uncomplicated track with just ten corners. Teammate George Russell struggled for grip all weekend, failing to finish in the top five for the first time this season after his first shunt on the corner. Trying to keep Hamilton behind in an improving car will be an intriguing subplot as a busy July unfolds. When it first appeared four years ago, the titanium structure framing the cockpit was a controversial addition to the cars. She proved her worth once again when she saved Zhou Gwanyu from serious, if not fatal, injury. There is hardly a more compelling sight in sport than an F1 car spiraling violently out of control. The magnitude of Zhou's first-corner crash at Silverstone is beyond comparison. The crumpled wreckage of his Alfa Romeo, wedged between the tire locks and the safety fence, would almost certainly have been a grave if not for the halo. So a well-deserved round of applause goes to Mick Schumacher, who pushed Verstappen's compromised Red Bull to the finish line before reluctantly settling for eighth place and three valuable points for Haas. Silverstone once again proved the value of authentic racing on an impressive circuit that offered plenty of entertainment. More than 400,000, including a record 142,000 on race day, walked through the gates over the weekend.

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Mercedes let Ferrari off the hook with the Hamilton F1 tire

Red Bull boss Christian Horner believes Mercedes' tire strategy let Ferrari off the hook at the Formula 1 British Grand Prix, which he says cost Lewis Hamilton a chance to win. (Author: Gardener)

FerrariHamilton had delivered his most competitive performance of the season so far at Silverstone, leading the race during the mid-pitch phase after extending his first stint on mid-size tyres. His tire degradation looked good and he managed to get to lap 33 on the medium compound he started with. This compares to main rivals Carlos Sainz, who pitted on lap 20 and Charles Leclerc on lap 25. Instead of choosing the fastest soft, Mercedes opted to put Hamilton on the safer hard, a move Horner thinks was wrong as he feels the team missed the chance for a high-performance equalizer against Ferrari. "I was actually surprised that Lewis didn't get a dampener with the amount of laps to go and the degradation he showed," said Horner. “He went on the hard tires on lap 33 and I actually thought he would switch to the soft ones because then it would have been much easier for him to do the grip offset. Horner also says he raised questions about Ferrari's own strategy of not getting Sainz out of Leclerc's path early in the race and then opting not to pit his Monegasque driver at the final safety car. or certainly Charles for the soft tire [on the safety car].” That late safety car triggered by Esteban Ocon's alpine stop on the old home straight. While Ferrari decided not to pit either car because it felt there wasn't enough time to double stack - and didn't want Leclerc to come in and lose the lead to Hamilton if he went ahead - , Horner believes it should have stopped. "[Hamilton] obviously had a free stop," said Horner. And when you're the lead car, the hardest thing in the world is getting into the pits from t he's leading. "But I think even if Lewis had stayed out they [Ferrari] would have passed him with the tire advantage of the soft tyres." Ferrari's strategic decision meant Leclerc slipped from the lead to fourth at the restart, putting him just three places ahead of title rival Max Verstappen. Horner admits things could have been far worse for his team after Verstappen's hopes of victory were dashed thanks to car damage picked up by a faulty AlphaTauri front wing endplate. “On a day where we had two cars that weren't in good shape at different points in the race, Sergio [Perez] extended his lead over Charles and consolidated second place and Max just gifted Charles six points.

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