Lewis Hamilton has achieved victory in the Grand Prix of Great Britain, and has cut by no less than 26 points the advantage that Max Verstappen had in the World Championship, after the Dutchman suffered a violent accident in the first lap after touching. with Hamilton.

The controversy is served. On the other hand, the lesson that the British GP leaves is that if you cause an accident to your closest rival on the first lap, and then you are able to recover the ten-second penalty you receive … you can win a race. In the first lap at Silverstone, the battle of crusades, brakings and attacks between Max Verstappen (Red Bull) and Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), ended with the Dutch, absolute leader of the World Championship and winner of the last three races, crashing violently against him. wall after touching his maximum rival in the first lap of the race.

In the more than half an hour that the race had to stop to check Verstappen’s condition, and remove his wrecked car, the race management did not come to a decision on what penalty Lewis Hamilton deserved. And just when the race was relaunched, with Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari, who had taken advantage of the Red Bull and Mercedes incident, in first position. And Hamilton, right behind him.

And what was the penalty? Ten seconds. The second lightest that can be applied in these cases. Obviously, Hamilton was going to have to work hard to recover those ten seconds that he had to fulfill right at his pit stop. But in the atmosphere it was clear that the great beneficiary of that aggressive driving between Verstappen and Hamilton, which ended with Red Bull in the hospital was … the British driver.

Although Leclerc was a true wild boar, and he endured 50 of the 52 laps of the race in first position, in the end the logic prevailed and Hamilton, spurred on by his hobby, overtook him two laps from the end and confirmed his “good luck” with the Verstappen accident, caused by him, and which leaves him only eight points in the World Cup qualification, when yesterday, after the successful sprint race, he lost no less than 33 with Red Bull.

The controversy is served. There is much talk about the lax sanction of the judges for the always “lucky” Hamilton, and we will have to see how Verstappen and Red Bull take it in two weeks in Hungary. No sparks will fly, emotions will burn.

Sainz and Alonso, in the Top7

One more day, the Spaniards shone, for different reasons. Carlos Sainz, who started eleventh on the grid after Saturday’s sprint, returned to a comeback race, which could have been much brighter if, once again, the team had not failed in their pit stop. Madrid lost ten seconds when the mechanics could not quickly adjust the left front wheel. A whole world that put him behind Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren), when the Ferrari marched ahead, and also had much more pace than the Australian. And although there were many laps ahead, nothing could be done by Carlos, who had to settle for sixth place.

Fernando Alonso, for his part, returned to carry out an overtaking festival in the two starts that the Grand Prix had (after the Verstappen accident), and came to occupy the fifth position, although the extreme slowness of his Alpine made him fall two positions, up to the seventh final position that, one more race, puts the Spanish driver well above the potential of his car.

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