Lewis Hamilton took his 47th Formula One victory to bring him within four of Alain Prost’s career total of 51. It’s almost certain Hamilton will match, or even break, that goal this season.
The win was Hamilton’s 4th British Grand Prix win – he’s now level with Nigel Mansell and one behind Jim Clark and Alain Prost for total wins in the UK. Hamilton is only behind Prost for wins at Silverstone, Prost has 5 and Hamilton now sits on 4.
Hamilton is also the first man to win 3 British Grand Prix on the bounce since Jim Clark managed 4 between 1962 and 1965.
Hamilton also now has 94 podium finishes to his name, 3 short of Fernando Alonso, who sadly doesn’t look close to adding to that tally any time soon, and 12 short of Alain Prost. Michael Schumacher is way out in front with a massive 155.
On Saturday Hamilton brought himself level with Sir Stirling Moss with 4 pole positions on home turf. Jim Clark still leads the way with 5, but you wouldn’t bet against Lewis matching that next year.
It was Hamilton’s 55th career pole bringing him ever closer to hero Ayrton Senna’s 65. Michael Schumacher leads the way with 67 and seems well within Hamilton’s reach sooner or later. It was also Mercedes’ 62nd pole position, taking them four clear of main rival Red Bull.
Mercedes won their fourth consecutive British Grand Prix (their 54th win in total) – 2013 with Rosberg and 2014-2016 with Hamilton – which brings them level with three other teams who have managed the same feat, most recently Williams from 1991-1994. Ferrari managed it in the early days of the sport (1951-1954) while Lotus managed to lock out 1962-1965 in the Chapman era.
Nico Rosberg took his 19th career fastest lap to bring him level with greats such as Moss, Senna and Damon Hill. Mark Webber rounds off the club. This stat perhaps highlights just how dominant Red Bull and Mercedes have been since the turn of the decade.
Rosberg did finish the race 2nd on the road but was demoted to 3rd after a team radio infringement. The most recent occurrence of a podium finisher being demoted post-race was Daniel Ricciardo, losing his 2nd place in the 2014 Australian Grand Prix thanks to disqualification. This also robbed Mercedes of what would have been their 32nd 1-2 finish.
The race also saw Mercedes 70th race on the podium (108 podium finishes in total) – amazing when you consider they will only enter their 10th season in F1 next year!
They also surpassed Red Bull in the led laps chart as they now sit on 3208 laps led compared to the Milton Keynes squad with 3167. Ferrari still lead the way with a mammoth 13,920.
The 2016 British Grand Prix was the 140th win for a Mercedes engine in the sport, still a long way behind leaders Ferrari on 225. Juan Manuel Fangio took the first Mercedes powered win way back on July 4th 1954. It was also the marque’s 145th F1 pole position.
Max Verstappen’s 3rd place means he has now overtaken his father Jos as the Dutchman with the most ever F1 podium finishes. Jos only ever stood on the podium once (Hungary 1994) – his second podium in the 1994 Belgian Grand Prix came thanks to team-mate Michael Schumacher’s disqualification after the race.
Since Verstappen’s promotion to Red Bull only one man has scored more points in the championship than he has – Hamilton with 110. Verstappen has bagged an impressive 77 points in just 6 races; that’s 13 more than highly regarded team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, and 9 more than title leader Rosberg!
Ricciardo scored his 6th points finish in a row to make him the current driver on the longest running sequence for points finishes at the moment, including five 4th place finishes! He is fast becoming F1’s Mr Consistent. However he was out-qualified by his team-mate for the first time this season in Britain. He had a 4-0 lead over Daniil Kvyat before the Russian departed for Toro Rosso, and had been 5-0 up on Verstappen before the Dutchman qualified 3rd to Ricciardo’s 4th around Silverstone.
After leading the race 1-2 last year (indeed the last time the team led a lap), Williams left the 2016 British Grand Prix with incredible disappointment as they registered their first double non-points finish in 12 races. The last time was Hungary 2015. McLaren too scored a double non-points finish, their first since China this year.
On the other hand Force India scored their 4th double points finish (6th for Perez and 7th for Hulkenberg, which was their best ever British Grand Prix finish) in five races to leave them just 19 points behind Williams in the constructor’s table. They’ll be hoping to continue this kind of form if they want to bag that 4th place and secure their best ever WCC result.
Sebastian Vettel scored his worst ever finish for Ferrari with 9th. He was classified 12th at last year’s Belgian Grand Prix but he didn’t finish the race on the road thanks to that late puncture. Luckily for him the next race in Hungary should be a happier hunting ground after his win there last year.
Team-mate Kimi Raikkonen started his 100th race for the Scuderia at the weekend. He became just the fourth man to reach that milestone after Michael Schumacher (179), Felipe Massa (139) and Rubens Barrichello (102) in the triple digits club.
Unfortunately Manor scored their first double retirement as a team since the 2014 Canadian Grand Prix. Back then team-mates Max Chilton and Jules Bianchi collided with each other, on this occasion both Pascal Wehrlein and Rio Haryanto spun off at Abbey.
Sauber have still failed to score any points in 2016. This is their worst run (13 races) since the 2014 season during which they failed to score at all. With Manor having already scored a point this year (Wehrlein in Austria), it’s hugely important that Sauber get off the mark soon. The lack of money this season is down in part to that pointless 2014 season and they won’t want a repeat of this in 2018.