After a finishing position of fourth and tenth in the first ever F1 Sprint Qualifying for Charles and Carlos, they looked to move forward in Sunday’s main event.
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Photos: Scuderia Ferrari.
As the lights went out, Charles moved up to third position, moving close to the leading pair of Max Verstappen, the pair colliding with Max Verstappen flying off the circuit at Copse corner, who ended his day with a big smash into a tyre barrier. The Dutchman emerged thankfully unhurt from the crash.
As the race was red flagged to repair the damaged barriers, Carlos had moved up to eighth position. With Verstappen now out, Charles was able to take the lead from Hamilton during the incident and would now take the race restart in first position. As the race got underway again 40 minutes later, Charles held onto the lead from second-placed Hamilton. Carlos behind held onto eighth but made up a position to seventh after Sebastian Vettel spun ahead on the exit of Woodcote corner, before taking sixth off Fernando Alonso.
Hamilton was then awarded a 10 second time-penalty for his opening lap collision with Verstappen, as Charles looked to open up the gap from the Mercedes. Over the next ten laps, Charles was doing well to hold onto the lead. A slight engine issue for the Ferrari from lap 16 allowed Lewis to briefly close the gap and gain DRS on the straights.
The issue was quickly solved and Charles was soon back up to full power, and started to pull away from Lewis once again. Further back, Carlos was still in sixth, and was closing quickly on the McLaren of Daniel Ricciardo, taking fifth position after Daniel pitted in lap 20.
Working his way up to second, Carlos pitted on lap 29. A very poor stop saw an issue with the front-left tyre gun, with Carlos eventually re-joining in sixth position on the hard compound tyres. The following lap saw a pit stop for Charles, who did not suffer the same issue as his teammate. This allowed Charles to continue in the lead.
With Carlos now looking to make up the time lost during his pit stop, he set after Ricciardo again for fifth, but now with slightly fresher tyres on the Ferrari. However, he found himself stuck behind the McLaren and looking for a way by in sixth position.
With Bottas and Hamilton swapping positions on lap 40, it was now down to see if the Mercedes could catch Charles in the final 12 laps. With Hamilton now catching by almost a second lap, Ferrari opted to push flat out until the end.
As the laps counted down, Hamilton got closer to Leclerc, the gap down to 3.2 seconds with six laps remaining. A move from Hamilton at Copse corner saw Charles go wide, unfortunately losing the lead to Hamilton with only two laps remaining.
The race ended with Hamilton taking a home victory at Silverstone, while Charles took a strong second place after a fantastic effort from the Monegasque driver. Carlos would not find a way around Ricciardo, and took the chequered flag in sixth, another strong day for Ferrari.
Written by Cóilín Higgins.