Max Verstappen wins 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone

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I had a good balance in the auto - we didn't have any trouble the the tires. That tire advantage proved crucial as he quickly ran third and put pressure on Mercedes - both Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton starting on mediums - before getting clear air when they pit and pulling away, gaining control of the race and eventually winning by over 11 seconds.

Mercedes had won the four previous races, and taken every pole, but Verstappen was alone among the top 10 on the grid to start on the hard tyres and it paid off.

In a race dominated by tyres and strategy, Hamilton swept past Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas to take second place late in the race and stay 30 points clear in the standings. We have not had an opportunity to push them so far this season. We had a lot of pace in the vehicle and I didn't really have a lot of tyre issues at all.

For Mercedes, there was a sense of collective disappointment. We had the right strategy. "It is a disappointing day but we will move on".

The result saw Bottas drop to third in the championship, behind Verstappen, and fall to 34 points behind Hamilton. He gained an extra point for the fastest lap and also equalled Ferrari great Michael Schumacher's record of 155 career podium finishes.


"It was definitely unexpected to have the blistering as hardcore.as we experienced". So I closed the gap a bit and once they pitted I could pick up my pace and do my own laps and basically until I pitted it just felt really good - I never really had any struggles and I could extend that first stint, which I think was key. I was pushing pretty heavily.

Three cars had suffered tyre failures at Silverstone last weekend, but Pirelli pressed ahead with a decision to introduce softer tyres running at higher pressures than previously, much to the concern of many teams. I'm not sure anyone else struggled with blistering like we did but we'll look into it.

"Lewis went longer for the middle stint and it worked out better".

"It comes down to the fact that we have a vehicle with high downforce, and obviously when conditions change, parameters change, like temperatures going up, compounds getting softer, pressures going up, we have to acknowledge that the Red Bull is a pretty fast auto, and that's what we have seen today". But straightaway the auto felt good on those tires again and I never really had any trouble with the tire. "I was afraid it was going to explode".

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