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The 2021 British Grand Prix, (officially the Formula 1 Pirelli British Grand Prix 2021) was the tenth round of the 2021 FIA Formula One World Championship, held at the Silverstone Circuit in Northamptonshire, England on July 18 2021. It was the first race weekend to host the new sprint qualifying format introduced in the season.

Lewis Hamilton took pole position for the sprint qualifying despite slipping on his final improvement lap at Vale. At the start of the sprint qualifying, Max Verstappen had a better start and led all the way to victory, taking pole position for the main race. Valtteri Bottas remained in third despite starting on softs as opposed to the majority who started on mediums. Sergio Pérez spun during the sprint qualifying and was forced to retire on the final lap, starting last and from the pit lane after the team made changes to his car.

At the start of the race, Hamilton made a better start than Verstappen, with the latter defending coming out of Turn 1, the duel continuing until the Copse corner, when Hamilton made contact with Verstappen, spearing him heavily into the barriers and causing the race to be red-flagged and stopped on the following lap, with Charles Leclerc taking an unlikely lead for Ferrari during the chaos. On the restart, Leclerc held onto the lead, while Hamilton was given a 10-second time penalty for his incident with Verstappen shortly afterwards. Hamilton pitted and served his penalty on the 27th lap, but did not lose much places and was able to make up ground thanks to slow stops for Lando Norris (who passed Bottas at the restart and dropped behind him as a result of the slow stop), Fernando Alonso and Carlos Sainz, Jr. Leclerc, who had to deal with a power unit issue earlier on during the race, conceded the lead to Hamilton after running wide at Copse with three laps remaining, the seven-time champion ultimately winning and heavily reducing the championship lead to his rival, while Bottas settled in third after being given team orders not to battle with his team-mate. Sebastian Vettel was the other retirement of the race, withdrawing from damage after spinning at Woodcote at the restart.


Background[]

At the end of the 2020 season it was announced that the pit straight of the circuit would be named as the Hamilton straight, honoring Lewis Hamilton.[1]

On the Portuguese Grand Prix weekend, it was announced that all ten teams have unanimously agreed to trial a new sprint race format[2]. The Silverstone Circuit has since announced to be the first site for hosting the new format[3], with the weekend's schedule announced[4].

The format for sprint qualifying will be as follows:[5]

  • Friday: A one-hour free practice session with two sets of tires for teams to choose freely, and the Qualifying session with five soft tire sets available only.
  • Saturday: A one-hour practice session with one set of tires for teams to choose freely, and a 100 km (60 mi) sprint race (one-third of Grand Prix distance) with two sets of tires to choose freely. Points are awarded to the Top 3 with a 3-2-1 scoring basis with pit stops not compulsory.
  • Sunday: Full-distance race with two remaining sets of tires.

In addition, following two closed-door races in the previous year, the circuit announced that it would be welcoming a full-capacity crowd, which is part of the Event Research Programme (ERP).[6]

Entry List[]

The full entry list for the 2021 British Grand Prix is outlined below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo United Kingdom McLaren F1 Team McLaren MCL35M Mercedes F1 M12 1.6 V6t P
4 United Kingdom Lando Norris United Kingdom McLaren F1 Team McLaren MCL35M Mercedes F1 M12 1.6 V6t P
5 Germany Sebastian Vettel United Kingdom Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Team Aston Martin AMR21 Mercedes F1 M12 1.6 V6t P
6 Canada Nicholas Latifi United Kingdom Williams Racing Williams FW43B Mercedes F1 M12 1.6 V6t P
7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Alfa Romeo C41 Ferrari 065/6 1.6 V6t P
9 Russian Automobile Federation Nikita Mazepin United States Uralkali Haas F1 Team Haas VF-21 Ferrari 065/6 1.6 V6t P
10 France Pierre Gasly Italy Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda AlphaTauri AT02 Honda RA621H 1.6 V6t P
11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB16B Honda RA621H 1.6 V6t P
14 Spain Fernando Alonso France Alpine F1 Team Alpine A521 Renault E-Tech 20B 1.6 V6t P
16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari SF21 Ferrari 065/6 1.6 V6t P
18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Team Aston Martin AMR21 Mercedes F1 M12 1.6 V6t P
22 Japan Yuki Tsunoda Italy Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda AlphaTauri AT02 Honda RA621H 1.6 V6t P
31 France Esteban Ocon France Alpine F1 Team Alpine A521 Renault E-Tech 20B 1.6 V6t P
33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB16B Honda RA621H 1.6 V6t P
44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 W12 Mercedes F1 M12 1.6 V6t P
47 Germany Mick Schumacher United States Uralkali Haas F1 Team Haas VF-21 Ferrari 065/6 1.6 V6t P
55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari SF21 Ferrari 065/6 1.6 V6t P
63 United Kingdom George Russell United Kingdom Williams Racing Williams FW43B Mercedes F1 M12 1.6 V6t P
77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 W12 Mercedes F1 M12 1.6 V6t P
99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Switzerland Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Alfa Romeo C41 Ferrari 065/6 1.6 V6t P
Source:[7]

Practice Overview[]

Qualifying[]

Q1[]

Verstappen topped Q1 with Tsunoda, Raikkonen, Latifi, Schumacher and Mazepin being eliminated.

Q2[]

Hamilton ended Q2 fastest courtesy of a tow from his team-mate Bottas. While Russell get into Q3 in Williams for the second consecutive time, eliminated in the session were Alonso, Gasly, Ocon, Giovinazzi and Stroll.

Q3[]

After setting the fastest lap early on, Hamilton was improving on his final run when he slipped at the Vale corner, but nevertheless, secured pole for the sprint qualifying as Verstappen did not improve his time in his second run.

Qualifying Results[]

The full qualifying results for the 2021 British Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
Pos. Time Pos. Time Pos. Time
1 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 2 1:26.786 1 1:26.023 1 1:26.134 1
2 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull-Honda 1 1:26.751 2 1:25.315 2 1:26.209 2
3 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes 9 1:27.487 3 1:26.764 3 1:26.328 3
4 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Italy Ferrari 3 1:27.051 5 1:26.919 4 1:26.328 4
5 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Austria Red Bull-Honda 4 1:27.121 6 1:27.073 5 1:26.844 5
6 4 United Kingdom Lando Norris United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 8 1:27.444 10 1:27.220 6 1:26.897 6
7 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 5 1:27.323 9 1:27.125 7 1:26.899 7
8 63 United Kingdom George Russell United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 14 1:27.671 7 1:27.080 8 1:26.971 8
9 55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Ferrari 6 1:27.337 4 1:26.848 9 1:27.007 9
10 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 10 1:27.493 8 1:27.103 10 1:27.179 10
11 14 Spain Fernando Alonso France Alpine-Renault 11 1:27.580 11 1:27.245 11
12 10 France Pierre Gasly Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 13 1:27.600 12 1:27.273 12
13 31 France Esteban Ocon France Alpine-Renault 7 1:27.415 13 1:27.340 13
14 99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 12 1:27.595 14 1:27.617 14
15 18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 15 1:28.017 15 1:27.665 15
16 22 Japan Yuki Tsunoda Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 16 1:28.043 16
17 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 17 1:28.062 17
18 6 Canada Nicholas Latifi United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 18 1:28.254 18
19 47 Germany Mick Schumacher United States Haas-Ferrari 19 1:28.738 19
20 9 Russian Automobile Federation Nikita Mazepin United States Haas-Ferrari 20 1:29.051 20
107% time: 1:32.823
Source:[8]
  • Bold indicates the fastest driver's time in each session.

Sprint Qualifying Grid[]

Sprint Qualifying[]

Report[]

Despite his brakes catching fire, Verstappen got past Hamilton at the start, twice going wheel to wheel into Brooklands and Copse. He led for the rest of the race until the checkered flag, albeit slowing down his pace on the final lap due to his and Hamilton's tires blistering. Bottas maintained in third ahead of Leclerc despite starting on softs compared to the others on mediums, while Alonso, another one starting on softs, made the most position gains on the first lap, going from 11th to 5th, and came in 7th in the end behind the McLaren drivers. There was chaos on the first lap, as Russell tagged Sainz, causing him to drop but he recovered to 11th, while Mazepin spun after making contact with his team-mate. While trailing Alonso, Perez spun at the Becketts esses, dropping down to the back of the grid and retiring on the final lap, hence starting the main race last.

Results[]

The full results for the 2021 British Grand Prix Sprint Qualifying are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points Race Grid
1 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull-Honda 17 25:38.426 2 3 1
2 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 17 +1.430 1 2 2
3 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes 17 +7.502 3 1 3
4 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Italy Ferrari 17 +11.278 4 4
5 4 United Kingdom Lando Norris United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 17 +24.111 6 5
6 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 17 +30.959 7 6
7 14 Spain Fernando Alonso France Alpine-Renault 17 +43.527 11 7
8 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 17 +44.439 10 8
9 63 United Kingdom George Russell United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 17 +46.652 8 12
10 31 France Esteban Ocon France Alpine-Renault 17 +47.395 13 9
11 55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Ferrari 17 +47.798 9 10
12 10 France Pierre Gasly Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 17 +48.763 12 11
13 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 17 +50.677 17 13
14 18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 17 +52.179 15 14
15 99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 17 +53.225 14 15
16 22 Japan Yuki Tsunoda Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 17 +53.567 16 16
17 6 Canada Nicholas Latifi United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 17 +55.162 18 17
18 47 Germany Mick Schumacher United States Haas-Ferrari 17 +1:08.213 19 18
19 9 Russian Automobile Federation Nikita Mazepin United States Haas-Ferrari 17 +1:17.648 20 19
20* 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Austria Red Bull-Honda 16 Vibrations 5 PL*
Source:
  • * Perez was classified as completed 90% race distance. He started from the pit lane after the team made significant changes to his car before the main race.
  • Russell was given a three-place grid penalty for the main race for making contact and forcing Sainz off-track on the first lap.

Race Grid[]

Race[]

Report[]

Hamilton had a better start than Verstappen as the lights went out, while Leclerc passed Bottas for third into Turn 1. Hamilton edged ahead of Verstappen at the Wellington Straight, going on the outside of Brooklands, but Verstappen reclaimed the lead at the following Luffield corner. As the duel went into Copse, Hamilton's left front made contact with Verstappen's rear right, causing Verstappen to spin, the rear right tire detaching from the rim and colliding sideways into the barrier with a force of 51 G. Leclerc took the lead as the duo collided, just before the safety car was called before the red flag was shown on the following lap. Verstappen meanwhile climbed out unhurt from his wrecked car, and was taken to the hospital for further checks. The contact meant that Hamilton had damage to his front left rim, and the red flag allowed the team to perform repairs.

The race was restarted 35 minutes after the crash. Leclerc held onto the lead at the restart, with Norris passing Bottas into Turn 1. Vettel spun into the old pit entry just before Woodcote, but got going and dropped down to the pack. Shortly afterwards, Hamilton was issued a 10-second time penalty for the collision. Leclerc then reported intermittent power issues, which the team told him how to fix it, allowing Hamilton to briefly close into Leclerc. When the round of pit stops began, a few drivers had particularly slow stops. Norris' slow stop was due to an issue with the rear right tire, as a result he dropped back behind Bottas and Alonso. This allowed Bottas to stay ahead of Norris after his stop, passing Alonso on the Wellington Straight on his outlap. After being passed by Norris at Vale on the same lap, Alonso pitted on the following lap, also suffering a slow stop. He rejoined behind Stroll and immediately disposed of him.

Hamilton pitted on Lap 28, serving his penalty and rejoining the race in 5th place, thanks to Norris and Alonso's slow stops. The combined pit stop and penalty for Hamilton mean that Leclerc now led Sainz a Ferrari 1-2. Sainz pitted a few laps later, apparently having an issue with his front left tire and leaving his pit box longer than intended. Leclerc then pitted without issues and came out still leading, while Hamilton dispatched his countryman Norris, and then passed Bottas at Stowe, who was given orders from the team not to fight his team-mate. Vettel retired from damage on the 40th lap, while on the 49th lap, Perez, who had been charging after starting from the pit lane, had an incident at Club with Raikkonen which the latter spun. Perez was called for a third stop to pit for fresh tires in an attempt to take away the fastest lap point from Hamilton, which he did, but was unable to score the extra point as he came in 16th. Gasly also made a third stop due to suffering a late puncture and dropped out of the top 10. With three laps remaining, Hamilton, who had been steadily charging, managed to overtake Leclerc at Copse, this time without incident as the first lap as the Monegasque ran wide. Hamilton cruised on to win his home race for a record eighth time, with Leclerc coming in second and Bottas in third, and the McLaren duo of Norris and Ricciardo finishing behind them. Sainz, Alonso, Stroll, Ocon and Tsunoda completed the points-scoring positions.

Results[]

The full results for the 2021 British Grand Prix Main Race are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 52 1:58:23.284 2 25
2 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Italy Ferrari 52 +3.871 4 18
3 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes 52 +11.125 3 15
4 4 United Kingdom Lando Norris United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 52 +28.573 5 12
5 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 52 +42.624 6 10
6 55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Ferrari 52 +43.454 10 8
7 14 Spain Fernando Alonso France Alpine-Renault 52 +1:12.093 7 6
8 18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 52 +1:14.289 14 4
9 31 France Esteban Ocon France Alpine-Renault 52 +1:16.162 9 2
10 22 Japan Yuki Tsunoda Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 52 +1:22.065 16 1
11 10 France Pierre Gasly Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 52 +1:25.327 11
12 63 United Kingdom George Russell United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 51 +1 lap 12
13 99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 51 +1 lap 15
14 6 Canada Nicholas Latifi United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 51 +1 lap 17
15 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 51 +1 lap 13
16 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Austria Red Bull-Honda 51 +1 lap PL
17 9 Russian Automobile Federation Nikita Mazepin United States Haas-Ferrari 51 +1 lap 19
18 47 Germany Mick Schumacher United States Haas-Ferrari 51 +1 lap 18
Ret 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 40 Overheating 8
Ret 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull-Honda 0 Collision 1
Source:

Milestones[]

Standings[]

With Verstappen and Red Bull failing to score in the race at Silverstone, despite having won the sprint qualifying, Hamilton reduced the drivers' championship lead down to eight points, while Mercedes narrowed the constructors' championship lead heavily to 4 points. Perez lost two places behind Norris and Bottas, failing to score despite setting the fastest lap but not finishing in the top 10. Leclerc's podium meant that Ferrari did little damage to the battle for third with McLaren, reducing the gap by 4 points. Tsunoda's finish in the final points-paying position helped AlphaTauri retain 5th by one point ahead of Aston Martin.

Drivers' World Championship
Pos. Driver Pts +/-
1 Netherlands Max Verstappen 185
2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 177
3 United Kingdom Lando Norris 113 ▲1
4 Finland Valtteri Bottas 108 ▲1
5 Mexico Sergio Pérez 104 ▼2
6 Monaco Charles Leclerc 80
7 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. 68
8 Australia Daniel Ricciardo 50
9 France Pierre Gasly 39
10 Germany Sebastian Vettel 30
11 Spain Fernando Alonso 26
12 Canada Lance Stroll 18
13 France Esteban Ocon 14
14 Japan Yuki Tsunoda 10
15 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 1
16 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi 1
Constructors' World Championship
Pos. Team Pts +/-
1 Austria Red Bull-Honda 289
2 Germany Mercedes 285
3 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 163
4 Italy Ferrari 148
5 Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 49
6 United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 48
7 France Alpine-Renault 40
8 Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 2

Only point-scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

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