It was a dramatic start to the British Grand Prix with the championship leader crashing, while a penalty couldn't stop the power of Lewis Hamilton.
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There was plenty of hype heading into the 2021 Formula One British Grand Prix, with the starting order decided by a 100km sprint race.

The results, however, didn't shake things up as expected, with Max Verstappen claiming pole and both silver arrows lining up behind him.

The drama began from the moment the lights went out, with the battle well and truly on between Max and Lewis. The roar from the 140,000 fans could be heard on the first lap until the intense contest came to a premature end.

With the two breathing down each other's necks, it was a tap from Hamilton that plunged Verstappen into the barriers on the exit to Copse corner.

The race was then stopped with plenty of drama during the red flag period as both teams presented their arguments to race direction – with the result being a ten-second penalty to be served by Lewis for causing an incident.

Charles Leclerc started from the top spot on the restart and managed to keep the lead even after complaining about a lack of power from lap 14.

The pit stops worked in favour for Valtteri Bottas pitting on lap 23, responding to Lando Norris who was sent in on lap 22 but suffered a longer stop.

Running out of front-left tyre performance, Hamilton pitted on lap 28, and after serving his ten-second penalty, he was fed back into the field in fifth position.

Carlos Sainz in the Ferrari was sent in on lap 29 but also got stuck in the pit lane for longer than anticipated after a problem with the left front wheel nut. Charles Leclerc retained the lead following a perfect stop on lap 30.

Even after serving a penalty Hamilton managed to push through the field up to third, switching into Bottas' second spot on lap 40 following team orders.

With the Ferrari lacking the necessary pace, Hamilton managed to close the gap between himself and Leclerc, and it was on lap 50 when he eventually took the lead of the race.

Hamilton would again be victorious on his home turf, making it eight wins at Silverstone. Charles Leclerc had a brilliant drive in the Ferrari, finishing in second, while Valtteri Bottas took the final podium position.

The McLaren cars didn't have as much pace on the hard tyre as they did on the medium. Norris took home fourth, while Daniel Ricciardo scored his best finish for the season coming home in fifth.

After a sensational recovery drive from Hamilton he now sits just eight points behind Verstappen heading into Hungary.

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Results

PosDriverTeam
1.Lewis HamiltonMercedes-AMG
2.Charles LeclercFerrari
3.Valtteri BottasMercedes-AMG
4.Lando NorrisMcLaren-Mercedes
5.Daniel RicciardoMcLaren-Mercedes
6.Carlos SainzFerrari
7.Fernando AlonsoAlpine Renault
8.Lance StrollAston Martin-Mercedes
9.Esteban OconAlpine Renault
10.Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri-Honda
11.Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri-Honda
12.George RussellWilliams-Mercedes
13.Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari
14.Nicholas LatifiWilliams-Mercedes
15.Kimi RäikkönenAlfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari
16.Sergio PerezRed Bull Racing-Honda
17.Nikita MazepinHaas-Ferrari
18Mick SchumacherHaas-Ferrari

Did not finish: Max Verstappen, Sebastian Vettel


2021 Driver Standings

PosDriverTeamPts
1.Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing-Honda185
2.Lewis HamiltonMercedes-AMG177
3.Lando NorrisMcLaren-Mercedes113
4.Valtteri BottasMercedes-AMG108
5.Sergio PerezRed Bull Racing-Honda104
6.Charles LeclercFerrari 80
7.Carlos SainzFerrari 68
8.Daniel RicciardoMcLaren-Mercedes 50
9.Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri-Honda 39
10.Sebastian VettelAston Martin-Mercedes 30
11.Fernando AlonsoAlpine Renault 26
12.Lance StrollAston Martin-Mercedes 18
13.Esteban OconAlpine Renault 14
14.Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri-Honda10
15.Kimi RäikkönenAlfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari1
16.Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari1
17.George RussellAston Martin-Mercedes0
18.Mick SchumacherHaas-Ferrari0
19.Nikita MazepinHaas-Ferrari0
20.Nicholas LatifiWilliams-Mercedes0

2021 Constructor Standings

PosTeamPts
1.Red Bull Racing-Honda289
2.Mercedes-AMG285
3.McLaren163
4.Ferrari148
5.AlphaTauri-Honda49
6.Aston Martin Racing-Mercedes48
7.Alpine-Renault40
8.Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari2
9.Williams-Mercedes0
10.Haas-Ferrari0