2024 Formula 1 British Grand Prix Highlights


Red Bull Racing

Max Verstappen produced an excellent drive to move up from fourth on the grid to claim second place behind winner Lewis Hamilton at the 2024 Formula 1 British Grand Prix on Sunday.

The Dutchman was up against strong Mercedes and McLaren cars over the weekend, and he held his nerves to produce an assured drive to bank 18 important 2024 FIA Formula One World Championship points. Oracle Red Bull Racing teammate Sergio Pérez finished in 17th after starting at the back of the grid.

Max Verstappen, Driver, Red Bull Racing

It was difficult today to manage, especially with the rain, but looking at pure performance, we were too slow in the first stint and overall struggled with tyre degradation. It looked like we might finish P5 or P6 at one point, but we made all the right calls, especially with pitstops, which put us back into contention. When it started to rain, we didn’t want to take too much risk as I was already struggling with grip, and the Team also put the hard tyre on at the end, and that definitely saved my race as I was the only one on the hard tyre and was able to really push. Out of a tough situation, we still finished second and extended our Championship leads, which is a very strong result. We’re halfway through the season now and still have some work to do to finish the season where we want to be.

Sergio Pérez, Driver, Red Bull Racing:

This is a day to forget; nothing really worked for us. We gambled initially to try and go for it, and unfortunately, we didn’t have what we needed today. We took a risk on the intermediate tyre early on, thinking there would be more rain more quickly, and it was just too early; we lost a lot of ground, and the tyre was completely gone. We were out of position for the whole race, and it was really difficult to manage the race. I am very disappointed, but it is time to move forward, I am happy there is a little break now, we need to regroup as a Team and do some important work. We need a clean weekend now, a weekend of progression to get back to our rhythm. Hungary and Belgium are weekends when we have to return to our form.

CHRISTIAN HORNER, CEO and Team Principal

It was a thrilling race, with one minute looking like we were out of the race and the next straight back in it. We got the strategy calls exactly right today, especially when we went on the inter, the slicks, and the hard tyre, which were all the right choices today. The outcome might’ve been different if there had been more laps, but it was still a great drive and performance. The pit wall and the drivers are working really well together. Max and Checo obviously are feeding back what is going on, but the pit wall has more information, and they are both communicating and able to make the right calls at the right time. We will need to analyse performance as it was all over the board with pace and which team was the quickest on track at any given point, but it balanced out a bit as the track got drier. The British Grand Prix is always a special weekend, and also, a big congratulations to Lewis on a great drive at his home track.

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