2015 British Grand Prix Results
From Austria teams flew to England for the British Grand Prix, currently the oldest continuously staged F1 Grand Prix race on the calendar. Last year the British Grand Prix saw the 1-2 finish by Mercedes, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. Hamilton is currently tied for third place with F1 greats, Michael Schumacher, Niki Lauda and Jack Brabham for three British Grand Prix wins. A win this year would put him in second place with Nigel Mansell, who has four wins. Indeed, it was Hamilton that took the chequered flag at Silverstone, followed by team mate Rosberg in second place and Sebastian Vettel in third place.
Qualifying was not quite dominated by the two Mercedes drivers Hamilton and Rosberg as it has been this season. Kimi Raikkonen actually took the fastest lap in the first qualifying round, Rosberg the fastest lap in the second round and Hamilton the fastest in the third round. Prior to qualifying, drivers were warned to keep to track limits, still 11 drivers had their qualifying times disallowed. In the end, it was Hamilton who took the pole position – his 46th career pole position, putting him in third place behind Ayrton Senna with 65 pole positions and Schumacher with 68. He was followed on the grid by team mate Rosberg, Felipe Massa, Valtteri Bottas, Raikkonen and Vettel.
Silverstone is known for exciting Grand Prix races and this weekend was no exception. As the light turned green, Massa and Bottas overtook Hamilton and Rosberg. A bad start for the two Mercedes drivers. Behind the leaders, a collision saw four drivers out in the first lap: Jenson Button, Romain Grosjean, Pastor Maldonado and Felipe Nasr. What a start! After the safety car was deployed, the race order was Massa, Hamilton, Bottas, Rosberg, Hülkenberg and Raikkonen. Lap three saw the fifth retirement of the race, as Max Verstappen spun-off the track – that left 15 drivers in the race.
Bottas continued to hold on to his lead, but Massa was not making it easy – the Williams team was of course worried that the two drivers would knock each other out, but luckily that did not happen. In lap 21, Hamilton finally took the lead, as Bottas pitted. The same law saw the next retirement, Daniel Ricciardo with a power unit failure, followed by Carlos Sainz Jr. in lap 31, also with the same problem. This left only 13 cars in the race. After Sainz’s exit, the virtual safety car – a new F1 innovation of warning signs without an actualy car – was deployed and all drivers had to slow down, with no overtaking allowed. Lap 35 saw the removal of the virtual safety car, but drivers had to deal with intermittent rain. With 11 laps left in the race, some drivers opted to change tyres, others did not, proving crucial to the final outcome. Hamilton remained in the lead, but behind him the race order changed rapidly. Spectators saw some great racing, with some drivers slipping in the rain and using the opportunity to overtake. However, the last few laps saw no change in standings, as Hamilton took the chequered flag. It was a frustrating end for Bottas, who only managed a fifth place finish.
The top three Drivers’ Championship standings continued to remain unchanged. Hamilton remained in first place with 194 points and team mate Rosberg in second place with 177 points. Vettel remained in third place with 135 points. Bottas’ fifth place finish moved him up one place to fourth with 77 points. Raikkonen dropped one place to fifth with 76 points. Alonso finally scored his first point this season – his 10th place finish garnered him a single point. This left two drivers yet to score points this season: Roberto Merhi and Will Stevens.
For the Constructors’ Championship standings, the top four rankings remained unchanged again. The 1-2 finish yet again by Mercedes propelled them further ahead, with 371 points – further widened the lead over second place Ferrari, with 211 points, Williams-Mercedes in third place with 151 points and Red Bull in fourth place with 63 points. Only one team had yet to score any points, Marussia-Ferrari.
Full Race Results
- Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 1:31:27.729s
- Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) +10.956s
- Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) +25.443ss
- Felipe Massa (Williams-Mercedes) +36.839s
- Valtteri Bottas (Williams-Mercedes) +63.194s
- Daniil Kvyat (Red Bull-Renault) +63.955s
- Nico Hülkenberg (Force India-Mercedes) +78.744s
- Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) +1 lap
- Sergio Perez (Force India-Mercedes) +1 lap
- Fernando Alonso (McLaren-Honda) +1 lap
- Marcus Ericsson (Sauber-Ferrari) +1 laps
- Roberto Merhi (Marussia-Ferrari) +3 laps
- Will Stevens (Marussia-Ferrari) +3 laps
Carlos Sainz Jr. (Toro Rosso-Renault) retired, lap 31
Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull-Renault) retired, lap 21
Max Verstappen (Toro Rosso-Renault) retired, lap 3
Jenson Button (McLaren-Honda) retired, lap 0
Romain Grosjean (Lotus-Mercedes) retired, lap 0
Pastor Maldonado (Lotus-Mercedes) retired, lap 0
Felipe Nasr (Sauber-Ferrari) retired, lap 0