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Motorsport Update (3rd August 2020)

5th August 2020
Posted by Gateway 97.8

August sprung into life as British Motorsport returned with F1 and the BTCC racing last weekend. On the F1 Report this week:

F1 sprung into life at Silverstone for the British GP with a thrilling finish. Mercedes’s Lewis Hamilton won his 7th British GP despite suffering a punctured tyre on the last lap.

Top 5 Classification for the British GP:

  • 1st: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
  • 2nd: Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
  • 3rd: Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
  • 4th: Daniel Ricciardo (Renault)
  • 5th: Lando Norris (McLaren)

The biggest talking points from the race:

  1. Three drivers suffered punctures in the closing laps of the race. Valtteri Bottas finished 11th for Mercedes after a suffering an unexpected puncture and had to make a late pitstop for new tyres. McLaren’s Carlos Sainz also suffered a late puncture and finished 13th at the Chequered Flag.
  2. Alpha Tauri’s Daniil Kvyat suffered a huge crash after a puncture sent his AT01 spinning off the circuit at the flat out maggots chicane, before colliding with the tecpro barriers in the process. The Russian was taken to the in track medical centre and was declared fit to race for next weekend’s 70th Anniversary GP.
  3. Red Bull’s Alexander Albon and Haas’s Kevin Magnussen collided at Club on Lap 1 of the race after Albon saw a gap down the inside. Unfortunately, Albon caught the rear of Hass and launched Mangussen’s VF20 into the barriers at club corner. The stewards slapped Albon with a five second time penalty for causing a collision.

Fastest Lap: Max Vertsappen (Red Bull Racing) (1:27.097)

Before I finish, I would just like to say a massive thank you to Nico Hulkenberg who stepped in at Racing Point for last weekend’s British GP. Unfortnately, Sergio Perez tested positive for Covid-19 and Nico Hulkenberg was called in last minute to replace the Mexican after Sergio announced his positive test result. Sergio Perez is currently in self isolation and will follow all public health guidelines and should be back racing very soon. Racing Point and the FIA wish Sergio Perez a speedy recovery.

Listen to this week’s Motorsport Update above.