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British GP: Carlos Sainz wins incredible race, Lewis Hamilton third after huge Zhou Guanyu crash

Carlos Sainz wins epic British GP after Charles Leclerc drops back on older tyres after Safety Car; Sergio Perez and Lewis Hamilton, who was in contention for home win, second and third; Max Verstappen only seventh with damage; Zhou Guanyu’s Alfa Romeo rolls over after huge crash

Last Updated: 03/07/22 6:00pm



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A horrific crash in the opening lap of the British GP sees Zhou Guanyu’s Alfa Romeo flip upside down and go over the safety barriers. The Chinese driver is conscious and went to the circuit’s medical centre to undergo evaluation.

A horrific crash in the opening lap of the British GP sees Zhou Guanyu’s Alfa Romeo flip upside down and go over the safety barriers. The Chinese driver is conscious and went to the circuit’s medical centre to undergo evaluation.

Carlos Sainz sealed his first Formula 1 victory in an astonishing British Grand Prix, as a frightening first-lap crash preceded an incident-packed race with Lewis Hamilton battling at the front, Charles Leclerc losing his lead late on, and Max Verstappen falling back with Red Bull damage.

A Silverstone spectacular started in dramatic circumstances as a multi-car crash saw Zhou Guanyu’s Alfa Romeo flip upside down and over the tyre barriers, with the Alfa Romeo driver thankfully unhurt after a trip to hospital.

After a lengthy red flag, pole-sitter Sainz twice looked to have lost his big chance behind Verstappen early on and Leclerc later, but a Safety Car then played into his hands and he overtook his Ferrari team-mate for the win.

Ferrari controversially did not pit Leclerc, who showed sublime pace despite major damage from fighting the Red Bulls at the start, for fresh tyres like Sainz.

Carlos Sainz powered past Ferrari teammate Charles Leclerc to claim the lead of the race, while Sergio Perez overtook Lewis Hamilton to move up to third.

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Carlos Sainz powered past Ferrari teammate Charles Leclerc to claim the lead of the race, while Sergio Perez overtook Lewis Hamilton to move up to third.

Carlos Sainz powered past Ferrari teammate Charles Leclerc to claim the lead of the race, while Sergio Perez overtook Lewis Hamilton to move up to third.

Hamilton was also right in contention at his home race in a Mercedes that was often fastest on track, but after some feisty battles with Sergio Perez he was forced to settle for third place behind the Red Bull.

Perez, who suffered early damage from Leclerc and fell to 13th, survived an investigation for his driving as the Mexican, Hamilton and Leclerc were involved in F1’s own version of ‘Wacky Races’ for the final 10 laps after the restart.

Not involved in that thrilling fight was Verstappen. The Dutchman took the lead at the start but then suffered a pit-stop-inducing puncture and structural damage to his car.

Verstappen, who also had contact with Leclerc, managed to finish the race in seventh, with his title lead over Perez only cut to 34 points.

Sky F1's Karun Chandhok at the SkyPad analyses Zhou Guanyu's horror first-corner crash at the British Grand Prix.

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Sky F1’s Karun Chandhok at the SkyPad analyses Zhou Guanyu’s horror first-corner crash at the British Grand Prix.

Sky F1’s Karun Chandhok at the SkyPad analyses Zhou Guanyu’s horror first-corner crash at the British Grand Prix.

Fernando Alonso did get in on the action and finished fifth for Alpine, ahead of McLaren’s Lando Norris. Fellow Brit George Russell was the driver who hit Zhou at the start, enforced by a tag from Pierre Gasly, and had to retire.

British-born Alex Albon was caught up in a separate collision, and has gone to hospital for precautionary checks.

Only 14 drivers finished the race, while Mick Schumacher managed to score his first F1 points for Haas in eighth, very nearly overtaking Verstappen through the final corners.

British GP Race Result: Top 10
1) Carlos Sainz, Ferrari
2) Sergio Perez, Red Bull
3) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
4) Charles Leclerc, Ferrari
5) Fernando Alonso, Alpine
6) Lando Norris, McLaren
7) Max Verstappen, Red Bull
8) Mick Schumacher, Haas
9) Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin
10) Kevin Magnussen, Haas

More to follow…

What’s next in F1 2022?

F1’s European season continues at pace with the Austrian GP next weekend – where we see the return of the Sprint. Qualifying is on Friday night before the Sprint race on Saturday, which sets the grid for Sunday’s race at 2pm.

Spielberg’s Red Bull Ring is the venue, where Red Bull and Max Verstappen enjoy huge support.

Watch all the action live on Sky Sports F1.



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