Verstappen: 'Bummer' turbo lag cost me shot at pole

Posted July 16, 2019

After the team's slump a fortnight ago during the high temperatures of the Austrian Grand Prix, Valtteri Bottas brought things back to center by setting pole on Saturday and then Lewis Hamilton cemented the team's position by taking home the win on Sunday.

The Red Bull driver will start the race at Silverstone in fourth place after lapping 0.183s slower than poleman Valtteri Bottas, but claimed he may have lost up to two tenths of a second on his best lap.

Leclerc faced a challenge from Aston Martin Red Bull Racing's Max Verstappen.

"As drivers, we always try to be as close as the rules limit us, so I will definitely change a little bit and adjust a little bit my aggression. If the stewards want hard racing, that's fine with me", Auto Motor und Sport quotes Leclerc as saying. You were our Race Director.

Frank Williams enjoyed another special event to celebrate his 50th year as a Formula One team boss on Sunday when he took part in the drivers' parade ahead of the British Gp. At corners I was moving left and right.

"The tire life was ultimately much better than we had thought, so a one-stop would have been possible, but our simulations before the race had predicted a two-stop to be the fastest option".

Both cars went spinning off the track, both somehow managing to continue with their respective races.

"We seem to have found a good wing level for the straights, we usually have even better performance in the race and with the good balance we had in qualifying I'm quite confident", he added. So I'm sure everyone would have seen my data and been looking at how I saved the tyres and tried to do the same, and I just did the opposite!

Though his team couldn't have known it at the time, this decision ultimately proved a race-winning one, as a spin for Alfa Romeo's Antonio Giovinazzi on lap 20 necessitated the introduction of the safety vehicle, which slowed the pack up and allowed Hamilton to emerge from his pit stop ahead of Bottas and into a lead he was never to lose.

However, Hamilton insisted the safety vehicle did not hand him the victory, as he believed his one-stop strategy would have played out in his favour.

"I do have five world titles and they didn't come on their own", Hamilton said.

"I think with that incident, I do not have any problems and it was very easy for me to move on".

"I guess over time I'll do more and more positive things for the country. The grip was outstanding in Turn 3 and 4 and I was expecting the same in Turn 6 and it wasn't". If tyre wear on the medium proves worse than expected in the first stint, a bailout two-stop strategy is possible, with a switch to hards between lap 11 and 19 and a second stop to softs between lap 34 and 42.

"And I could have just sat behind him if I wanted to, and then he would have had to pit. I love you Silverstone", Hamilton exclaimed over the radio after rapper Stormzy had waved the chequered flag, with Bottas 24.9 seconds behind.