Max Verstappen held on at the 2023 Formula 1 British Grand Prix to claim his eighth victory of the 2023 FIA Formula One World Championship season and sixth in a row, with Oracle Red Bull Racing teammate Sergio Pérez slicing through the field to bank a respectable sixth spot after starting 15th.
Verstappen made a slow start and was overtaken by Silverstone home hero Lando Norris. However, the Dutchman managed to take the lead soon after with a DRS move on the Briton and then held on to triumph, with Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton completing the podium.
Mexican Pérez made the best of a poor qualifying session on Saturday by powering through the field on Sunday’s race day to end up in sixth place, with the Scuderia AlphaTauri duo of Yuki Tsunoda and Nyck de Vries finishing in 16th and 17th, respectively.
With the added fastest lap point, Verstappen now stretches his 2023 drivers’ lead to 99 points over Pérez, with Oracle Red Bull Racing extending their constructors’ title lead over Mercedes to 208 points heading into the Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring on July 23.
Max Verstappen, Driver, Red Bull Racing
I’m very happy that we’ve won here again. 11 wins in a row for the Team is pretty incredible; the whole Team can be proud of that. It definitely wasn’t straightforward today, though, we had a bad start which made it more exciting for the fans, but we definitely need to look into that and improve on it. Lando and Oscar were super quick at the start, so it took a few laps to pass them and to start to pull a gap. The competitors behind us were pushing hard and closing the gap, so we needed to try and find a little bit more. Overall though, a very nice Team win, and hopefully, we can carry the form to Budapest!
Sergio Pérez, Driver, Red Bull Racing:
I gave it my all today but was expecting a bit more. We had a bad start, and then I got stuck with Esteban Ocon, had to go wide and ended up losing a few positions at the start. From there on, I made progress slowly and recovered a few places, but it took me longer to come through the field than I would have liked. We also pitted a few laps before the safety car, which was unfortunate. Tomorrow, I am going to be working with the Team in the simulator. We have some ideas on what we can improve on, and I am confident that this will help us work through it. I have full support from the team, I’m mentally very strong, and I know that I will overcome these issues and turn around my season. The pace is there, and I can still get back to where I should be. I am looking forward to Hungary and getting back on good form.
CHRISTIAN HORNER – CEO and Team Principal, Red Bull Racing
The first British GP win for the Team since 2012, Max’s second win at Silverstone and our 11th win in a row make this a very special victory, but not without its challenges. We had expected it to be a medium-hard race, but with the performance of George on the softs, we started to consider our strategy. Then with the safety car in the final quarter, we felt that the soft tyre would give Max the best opportunity to break the DRS effect, and he very quickly put two seconds between himself and the pack. From there, it was a case of managing the rest of the race, and once again, Max more than rose to the occasion. Equally, Checo found fine form today. Some of his moves in the race exemplify exactly how skilful he is as a driver, particularly on Carlos into Stowe, and his pace in the last stint meant he was right there. It’s frustrating for him that he has had to fight back after qualifying in recent races, but he is finding his form and will find it further in Budapest.