5 winners and 5 losers from silverstone – who won in a tumultuous british grand prix?

Lewis Hamilton became Formula 1’s sixth different winner in 2024 with a stunning victory in front of his adoring crowd, but while the tearful Mercedes racer celebrated, many of his rivals were left disappointed.

Lawrence Barretto identifies the winners and losers from a remarkable British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

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Winner: Lewis Hamilton

There is something special about Silverstone that brings out the best in Lewis Hamilton. On Sunday, the Briton was rewarded for one of his finest drives with his first victory since the 2021 Saudi Arabia Grand Prix, ending a 56-race winless streak.

It was his ninth win at Silverstone – a record tally for a driver at a single circuit – and his 12th consecutive podium (and 15th in total) at the British venue he has made his own.

At 39 years and 182 days, he is the oldest F1 race winner of the 21st century and the first driver to triumph in a Grand Prix beyond their 300th start (this was his 344th). An incredible day for an incredible driver.

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Loser: George Russell

While one half of the Mercedes garage celebrated, the other was left wondering what might have been as pole-sitter George Russell dropped to fourth before retiring with a suspected water system problem.

It was a bitter end to a weekend that had offered so much hope for the Briton, who led a British 1-2-3 in qualifying, starting alongside his teammate Hamilton.

This was his second DNF at Silverstone in three attempts and the second time he has failed to see the chequered flag in 2024. He now leads Hamilton by just a single point in the drivers’ standings.

Winner: Max Verstappen

This wasn’t the easiest of weekends for Max Verstappen, who was unhappy with the balance of his RB20 throughout practice, qualifying fourth.

A strong start helped him overtake Lando Norris, but his pace in the next stints was lacking.

However, an inspired decision to switch to the hard tyre in the final stint allowed him to pass Norris and take second, extending his championship lead to 84 points.

It was his 107th podium, moving him to fourth on the all-time table, behind Sebastian Vettel, Michael Schumacher, and Lewis Hamilton.

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Loser: Sergio Perez

This was another disastrous weekend for Sergio Perez, who failed to make the top-10 in qualifying for the fifth time in six races after spinning out in Q1.

After taking new engine components – with resulting penalties nullified since he was already starting at the back – he made an uninspiring start. Progress through the field was minimal, and his afternoon was effectively over with a mistaken call to switch to intermediate tyres as the weather improved.

He ended up two laps down in 17th, yielding his third non-score in five races and extending his run without a podium to seven Grands Prix.

Winners: Haas

Haas brought an upgrade to Silverstone that lifted them up the midfield, marking them as the fifth-fastest team on pure pace, according to Nico Hulkenberg.

Hulkenberg capitalized on that machine, qualifying sixth and recovering from a bad start that dropped him to ninth to take back-to-back sixth places.

Those eight points mean the American team trails RB by just four in the fight for sixth in the constructors’ championship.

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Losers: McLaren

Not long ago, a third and fourth place would have been a cause for celebration for McLaren – but the team has significantly raised its expectations recently and will leave Silverstone wondering what might have been.

Norris and Oscar Piastri judged the changeable conditions perfectly to overtake the Mercedes duo and run one-two, but that was the high point.

A decision not to double-stack the cars when conditions dried sufficiently dropped Piastri out of contention.

Then, a delay in bringing in Norris allowed Verstappen to undercut, with Norris dropping to third as his soft tyres couldn’t match Verstappen’s hards.

While they have closed the gap to Ferrari to just seven points and cut the gap to leaders Red Bull to 78, they know they should have won their home race and possibly secured a one-two.

Winners: Aston Martin

Lance Stroll and Fernando Alonso gave Aston Martin a huge boost to end a challenging triple-header, securing a double points score with seventh and eighth respectively.

The team had failed to score in the previous two Grands Prix but seemed to have turned a corner with their upgraded package.

Stroll’s P7 was his third top-seven finish of the season, while Alonso’s eighth place was only his second points finish in the last six Grands Prix.

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Loser: Charles Leclerc

Charles Leclerc admitted he was struggling to explain what is going on with Ferrari as he endured another painful race weekend.

Since winning his home race in Monaco, Leclerc has scored points only once in the last four Grands Prix, finishing a woeful 14th at Silverstone, one lap behind the winner.

He failed to make it into Q3 on Saturday and saw his hopes of recovering into the top-10 dashed when the team swapped to intermediate tyres expecting rain, which did not materialize until many laps later.

By then, his tyres were ruined, and another stop was required.

Winner: Alex Albon

Alex Albon survived a hectic first sequence of corners – where he suffered contact twice, breaking part of his front wing – to battle his way to a superb ninth at Silverstone.

Ninth equaled his best result of the season (he also finished ninth in Monaco) and helps put some breathing space between Williams and Sauber in the fight for ninth in the constructors’ championship.

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Losers: Alpine

Alpine’s run of four points-scoring Grands Prix came to a halt at Silverstone, as the team experienced a difficult afternoon.

Pierre Gasly was set to start from the back after taking new engine components that triggered a significant penalty, but he didn’t get the chance to start as a gearbox issue forced his retirement at the end of the formation lap.

Teammate Esteban Ocon lamented a string of strategic errors throughout the weekend – particularly during the race – and finished 16th, two laps down on the race leader.

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