Bottas had the potential to finish fourth, but just fell short to Sainz and Lewis Hamilton with a few laps to go.
“I think at some points of the race the pace was really strong,” said Bottas. “I think we took a bit of a risk with the strategy. The last stint just became a bit too long. So, really struggled quite a bit towards the end, but we tried.”
It was a similar story for Schumacher. Up to ninth with twelve laps to go, he was swallowed up by the three-stoppers Fernando Alonso and Yuki Tsunoda, then the two-stopping Vettel, such was the Haas’s tyre wear.
“It’s quite unfortunate,” the young German commented. “Obviously, we knew it was going to be tight with the two-stop and it didn’t quite pay off to stay out.”
Albon had to stop four times
Recent Williams hero Alexander Albon might be ditching the red hair dye now after a disastrous race, his tyre degradation so bad that he had to make four pit stops in a desperate GP which ultimately yielded 18th and dead last.
The main issue causing his Williams to eat up its tyres was revealed by Albon post-race.
“I picked up damage to the floor after my first stop which heavily impacted the car’s performance,” he explained. “There was a lot of tyre degradation and I really struggled with speed, especially into a couple of the corners. We didn’t really stand a chance today, but that’s racing sometimes.”
Stroll was on course for points until Gasly crash
Much was made of an updated Aston Martin AMR22 which has appears to have taken inspiration from Red Bull’s RB18 sidepods, but this was slightly quelled by both Silverstone cars being knocked out in Q1.
However, the race could have gone better. In fact, Lance Stroll could have been one of the three-stoppers to score points but for a mid-race clash with Pierre Gasly which necessitated a 30sec stop and dropped him out of the fight.
Chadwick now has five back-to-back W Series wins
After winning the last two rounds of her victorious 2021 campaign, the two-time W Series champion has now won all three os the ’22 season so far also, keeping a surging Abbi Pulling at bay by 0.5sec.
Despite the close nature of the race, it’s hard to look past Chadwick for the championship once more.