Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr clinched his first Formula One win in a dramatic British Grand Prix.
The race was marred early on by a huge multi-car crash in which Zhou Guanyu’s Alfa Romeo rolled over and was thrown into the safety fence at Abbey corner.
The red flag was immediately raised as the Chinese driver was taken on a stretcher to the medical center with the FIA confirming he was fine and had been released.
It was nearly an hour before the race restarted and when it did, polesitter Carlos Sainz Jr struggled under pressure from Max Verstappen, eventually going too far and allowing Red Bull to take the lead.
But just a few laps later, Verstappen picked up soil damage, seriously hampering his pace and handing the race back to Sainz Jr and his Ferrari teammate Charles Leclerc.
The action was far from over, however, as home favorite Sir Lewis Hamilton closed the gap on the leaders and Ferrari were forced to swap their drivers to keep the Mercedes man at bay.
But with just 12 laps to go, Esteban Ocon’s Alpine lost power and stopped on track to bring out the safety car.
At the restart, Sainz Jr drove through on fresh tires to retake the lead, while Hamilton engaged in a thrilling duel with Leclerc and Sergio Perez’s other Red Bull for second place, with the Mexican eventually winning and leaving Hamilton in third place .
Sainz Jr’s first win came on his 150th race start and the Spaniard was naturally over the moon at the checkered flag, saying: “I don’t know what to say, it’s amazing!
“My first race win, 150 races later, with Ferrari and at Silverstone. Thanks to all.
“Lewis was there, I heard, but I managed to hold on. It wasn’t easy, I had major balance problems in the first stint.
“Suddenly the safety car gave us the chance to get back in and we did it.”
The result doesn’t change much in the standings, with Verstappen still leading by 181 points, Perez second with 147 points and Leclerc third with 138 points.
In the constructors’ table, Red Bull is 328, Ferrari 265 and Mercedes 204.
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