28/52: Gasly retires
The withdrawals follow one another, with the return of Pierre Gasly to the pits. Charles Leclerc sets the fastest lap and gets closer to Sainz.
25/52: Hamilton leads GP
Leclerc pits for hard tires and comes out 3rd behind his teammate. Hamilton takes the lead to cheers from the crowd. It’s the first time this season.
A “frightening” accident for Russell
“First of all the most important thing is that Zhou is fine. It was a scary incident and all credit goes to the marshals and the medical team for their quick response. Obviously gutted to finish the race this way and I’m sorry for the team and the fans. Cheering on Lewis Hamilton from the pits,” the Mercedes driver wrote on Twitter.
22/52: Two seconds behind for Hamilton
The Briton chained the lap records and was only two seconds behind Leclerc.
21/52: Bottas retires
The disaster day continues for Alfa Romeo, with the abandonment of Bottas.
20/52: Sainz pit
Carlos Sainz pitted to put on hard rubber, Leclerc took the lead ahead of Hamilton and Sainz.
19/52: Leclerc “wasting time”
With a damaged wing, Charles Leclerc considers losing time, while Hamilton is gradually approaching.
17/52: Albon will be evacuated by helicopter
If Zhou’s condition appears to be stabilized, Albon will be evacuated by helicopter.
16/52: lap record for Hamilton
Still third, the Briton can play a big game this Sunday, even if he is more than 4 seconds behind Leclerc.
14/52: Still not going well for Verstappen
The world champion complains on the radio that something is wrong. “The car is broken,” he explains. We ask him to continue.
12/52: Verstappen dies!
Puncture for Verstappen at the front left, who sees Sainz go back to him! He came out 6th, while the Ferraris led the way ahead of Hamilton.
11/52: the two Alpha Tauri get in each other’s way
Hard blow for Gasly and Tsunoda, both in the points, who get in the way and come out of the top 10.
10/52: Verstappen capitalizes on Sainz error to take the lead
Big mistake by Sainz, who makes a straight! Verstappen took the lead in the race ahead of the two Ferraris of Sainz and Leclerc.
7/52: a second ahead for Sainz
Verstappen makes the effort to reposition himself up to Sainz. His DRS is on. Behind, Leclerc is off the hook two seconds behind the Dutchman.
6/52: Perez pits
Perez stops and returns to 17th and last in this GP. Carried by the crowd, Hamilton overtook Norris and is now 4th.
3/52: Perez’s wing is hit
On one of the many contacts with Leclerc, the Red Bull driver saw his spoiler damaged.
2/52: It’s hot!
Carlos Sainz struggles to defend his first place after a good start from Verstappen. The clashes multiply, it’s very hot!
2/52: here we go again in this GP
The drivers leave from the pits behind the safety car. It will be a standing start.
Russell on Canal+: “one of the most horrible crashes I’ve seen”
After his abandonment, George Russell was at the microphone of Canal +. “It’s one of the most horrific crashes I’ve seen. I hope no one is hurt in the public. I had no grip, we knew it was going to happen like that but not as strong. We paid the price for my poor qualification yesterday.”
The race will restart at 4:56 p.m.
The starting grid will be identical to the initial one, knowing that Russell, Zhou and Albon have logically abandoned. Sainz will be on pole ahead of Verstappen, even though the latter had overtaken him from the start.
Zhou’s car is evacuated
It is covered, in order to avoid seeing the big damage.
“No fractures” for Zhou
“There are no fractures. He is conscious at the medical center” for Zhou announces Valtteri Bottas on the radio.
Of note from Alex Albon is also at the medical center
The Williams driver is conscious.
Zhou went over the tires
On the first replays, we see that Russell was guilty of a gap. The Briton therefore hit Tsunoda, lost control and hit Zhou, whose single-seater ended up on the roof, before hitting the fence behind the tires.
Alfa Romeo gives news of Zhou
The Chinese pilot is conscious and currently on his way to the medical centre.
Protesters entered the runway
As feared, protesters stormed the Silverstone circuit as the race came to a halt due to a red flag following the crash involving several single-seaters.
Alfa Romeo says its driver is fine
According to Sky Sports, Alfa Romeo says its driver is doing well.
Zhou was pulled from his car
The medical services indicate that he is moving and that he is being transferred on a stretcher to the hospital.
We try to extract Zhou from his car
Taken in a very violent crash, Guanyu Zhou is trying to be extracted from his car.
2/52: the drivers return to the pits
Zhou’s car was put back on the wheels, as the drivers returned to the pits. The single-seaters of Russell and Tsunoda are in good shape.
1/52: It went very fast and very strong
Verstappen swallows Sainz raw while a huge crash involving Russell, Tsunoda and the Chinese Zhou occurs at the first corner. The Alfa Romeo driver saw his single-seater slide on the roof. Still no idle, proof that the crash was extremely violent.
Let’s go for the formation lap
The 20 single-seaters rev the engine before the big start.
The rain could disrupt the race
The sky is cloudy and rain could appear during the race. 52 laps of 5.891 km are on the program for this 10th GP of the season.
Hamilton asks the public not to whistle Verstappen
“We’re better than that. We don’t need that. No boos. We have such big fans and I don’t agree with the boos. I really appreciate the support I have here” , he said on Saturday after the qualifying session.
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The starting grid, with Ferrari and Red Bull in force
The French will start from afar, with Pierre Gasly (Alpha Tauri) in 11th place, while Esteban Ocon (Alpine) will start 15th.
Winner of the last two Grand Prix (Azerbaijan and Canada), Max Verstappen is aiming for the pass of three this Sunday on the Silverstone circuit. The reigning world champion will start on the front row, just behind Carlos Sainz (Ferrari), who signed his first career pole.
>> Relive the qualifications of the British GP