Components One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 18, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates after profitable the race Pool by way of REUTERS/Lars Baron
July 19, 2021
SILVERSTONE, England (Reuters) – Lewis Hamilton won’t have received his house British Grand Prix on Sunday with out the race being halted after he and Crimson Bull’s Max Verstappen collided on the opening lap, based on Mercedes trackside engineering director Andrew Shovlin.
The seven-times world champion received his house race for the eighth time, slashing Verstappen’s general lead within the championship from 33 factors to eight.
Verstappen crashed out at velocity, with the harm to the tyre wall requiring a prolonged pause.
The crimson flag interval allowed Mercedes to examine Hamilton’s automotive carefully and detect potential harm to the entrance left wheel rim that had not in any other case been apparent.
“That might have been a DNF (didn’t end) had it (the race) not been red-flagged,” stated Shovlin in post-race feedback.
A Mercedes spokesman clarified nonetheless that subsequent checks on the manufacturing unit confirmed the rim failure was much less conclusive.
Hamilton was handed a 10-second penalty for the collision however raced again to grab the lead from Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc with two laps to go and win the race.
Shovlin stated Hamilton’s radio feedback mirrored the scenario.
“You may hear it in his voice and in what he’s saying on the radio; you simply get this swap the place he is aware of in his head he’s going to do it immediately,” he stated.
“To be sincere, it was very nice sitting on the pit wall simply watching that closing stint unfold, as a result of it was a terrific win and a well-deserved win for Lewis.”
(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, Modifying by Hugh Lawson)