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

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Britain
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Round
10
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52
Pole
2019 Season
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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

Position Driver No. Team Vehicle Time Points

1

1

Lewis Hamilton

44

Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport

Mercedes-Benz F1 W10 EQ Power+

1h 21m 8.452s

26

2

1

Valtteri Bottas

77

Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport

Mercedes-Benz F1 W10 EQ Power+

1h 21m 33.38s

18

3

Charles Leclerc

16

Scuderia Ferrari

Ferrari SF90

1h 21m 38.569s

15

4

1

Pierre Gasly

10

Aston Martin Red Bull Racing

Red Bull RB15-Honda

1h 21m 43.144s

12

5

1

Max Verstappen

33

Aston Martin Red Bull Racing

Red Bull RB15-Honda

1h 21m 47.91s

10

6

7

Carlos Sainz

55

McLaren F1 Team

McLaren MCL34-Renault

1h 22m 2.091s

8

7

Daniel Ricciardo

3

Renault F1 Team

Renault RS19

1h 22m 2.853s

6

8

4

Kimi Raikkonen

7

Alfa Romeo Racing

Alfa Romeo C38-Ferrari

1h 22m 13.992s

4

9

8

Daniil Kvyat

26

Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda

Toro Rosso STR14-Honda

1h 22m 15.172s

2

10

Nico Hulkenberg

27

Renault F1 Team

Renault RS19

1h 22m 21.185s

1

11

3

Lando Norris

4

McLaren F1 Team

McLaren MCL34-Renault

1h 22m 22.733s

0

12

3

Alexander Albon

23

Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda

Toro Rosso STR14-Honda

1h 22m 24.069s

0

13

5

Lance Stroll

18

SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team

Racing Point RP19-Mercedes-Benz

1h 22m 29.538s

0

14

5

George Russell

63

RoKit Williams Racing

Williams FW42-Mercedes-Benz

0h 0m 0s

0

15

5

Robert Kubica

88

RoKit Williams Racing

Williams FW42-Mercedes-Benz

0h 0m 0s

0

16

10

Sebastian Vettel

5

Scuderia Ferrari

Ferrari SF90

0h 0m 0s

0

17

2

Sergio Perez

11

SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team

Racing Point RP19-Mercedes-Benz

0h 0m 0s

0

R

Romain Grosjean

8

Rich Energy Haas F1 Team

Haas VF-19-Ferrari

0h 0m 0s

0

 

Kevin Magnussen

       

0

R

Antonio Giovinazzi

99

Alfa Romeo Racing

Alfa Romeo C38-Ferrari

0h 0m 0s

0

Circuit - Silverstone

Country

Britain

Location

Silverstone, Northamptonshire

Type

Permanent road course

Length

3.666 (Miles)

Record

Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes-Benz F1 W11 EQ Performance), 1m24.303, 156.556 mph, F1, 2020

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