2019 British Grand Prix race report — Hamilton wins with secret strategy

2019 British Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton takes a record sixth British Grand Prix win, with dominating pace and a private strategy unknown even to Mercedes. Full race report from Silverstone

Having been beaten in qualifying by team-mate Valtteri Bottas, Lewis Hamilton had his own private strategy of how he wasn’t going to let that happen in the race. Mercedes knew nothing of it – but it was based on how practice had suggested this was going to be a two-stop race for everyone and Hamilton’s confidence that this wasn’t necessarily so.

Bottas bought into the pre-race team plan of a nailed-on two-stop. Hamilton did not. His hunch was right. He had a better feel for the reality than the engineers analysing all the collected data.

On race day he ran Bottas ragged right from the start. Bottas retaliated with some spirit but in doing so ran his front-left tyre far harder than was ideal. Hamilton’s style just doesn’t take as much from the tyre – he has a way of keeping the momentum up with less steering.

Race Results

Qualifying

Circuit - Silverstone

Country

Britain

Location

Silverstone, Northamptonshire

Type

Permanent road course

Length

3.666 (Miles)

Record

Max Verstappen (Red Bull RB16-Honda), 1m27.097, 151.528 mph, F1, 2020

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1948 RAC Grand Prix

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