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5 talking points from the British Grand Prix

Mercedes flex their muscles, A horrible weekend for Vettel, Leclerc vs Verstappen plus more talking points from the British Grand Prix

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5 talking points from the British Grand Prix
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Mercedes bounce back in style 

Following a difficult weekend in Austria by their exceptionally high standards, they delivered the perfect response at Silverstone.  

Valtteri Bottas pipped Lewis Hamilton to pole as the pair narrowly beat Leclerc and Verstappen in qualifying.  

Race day saw them battle hard in the opening stages as Bottas held off the home hero. Ultimately, a Safety Car opened the door for Hamilton to win as a free stop under it allowed him to jump Bottas, who'd pitted four laps earlier. The reality is that Hamilton looked the quicker driver anyway. 

Despite having to make a second stop late in the race to run a different compound, Bottas rejoined in 2nd.  

Hamilton's incredible time on the final lap to take the fastest lap point shows the superiority they currently hold over the field. It was an ominous return to form by the dominant team of the V6 era.  

A very difficult weekend for Sebastian Vettel  

He hasn't won a Grand Prix since Belgium last year and the tough times continue for the four-time world champion. He had a nightmare weekend at Silverstone.  

The German was a whopping 0.6s slower than Leclerc in qualifying as he could only manage P6 on the grid.  

A good start saw him jump Gasly to be P5. Just like Hamilton, he benefitted from the safety car and jumped both Leclerc and Verstappen thanks to it to find himself in P3. Then, it all went wrong on lap 37. As Verstappen overtook Vettel at Stowe, he ran slightly wide which allowed the German to stay close. Max covered the inside heading into Club and looked to have the job done – but Vettel ended up ramming the Dutchman looking for a non-existent gap up the inside. 

It's the latest in a series of errors made by the German in the last 12 months. He needs to sort it and fast; otherwise, he could find himself losing the trust from the top brass at Ferrari. He's definitely a driver under big pressure right now.  

Leclerc vs Verstappen carries on to Silverstone 

Two weeks after some incredible racing in Austria, the young superstars delivered a breathtaking show yesterday for the fans. 

With Leclerc struggling on softs in the opening stint, Verstappen hounded him - but he couldn't quite complete a move as the Ferrari driver defended very aggressively, unlike Austria. 

After pitting on the same lap, the Red Bull crew delivered a brilliant stop to get the Dutchman ahead. However, a mistake at T4 by Max gifted Charles the place back.  

More heart-stopping duels occurred before Verstappen eventually came out on top on lap 24.  

It's likely they'll dominate the sport in the future - and they're giving us some classic battles already.  

The midfield continues to be unpredictable 

It was another weekend where the midfield order was quite different from the previous event. In Austria, Renault and Toro Rosso were quite uncompetitive. However, they turned it around at Silverstone.  

Daniel Ricciardo won the best of the rest qualifying battle in P7, as team-mate Hulkenberg and Toro Rosso's Alexander Albon also got into Q3.  

McLaren's Carlos Sainz won out in the race by finishing P6, largely thanks to benefitting from pitting under Safety Car conditions. Ricciardo finished right behind him as Renault put up a real fight to McLaren throughout the weekend.  

Kvyat drove a superb race to finish 9th from 17th on the grid, with Hulkenberg a place behind him following some issues throughout the race.  

While McLaren are slowly taking control of the midfield battle, the teams trying to challenge them keeps changing at every meeting. It's been fascinating so far and looks set to stay that way for the rest of the season.  

Haas are in free fall  

This is the fourth season for Haas in F1 - and this may well have been their worst to this point.  

Their title sponsor, Rich Energy, revealed on Twitter that they had terminated their deal with Haas. Then that was denied by other people involved in the energy drinks company. That's a mess that still needs sorting.  

On the track, it was a complete nightmare for the team, too.  

Grosjean crashed on pit exit in FP1 and broke his front wing. Qualifying was a disaster as Grosjean and Magnussen ended up P14 and P16 on the grid.  

It got even worse yesterday. They touched heading onto the Wellington Straight and both picked up damage, which ultimately forced them to retire on laps 7 and 8 respectively.  

No points at the last four races, 9th in the Constructors' Championship, Magnussen and Grosjean colliding again, a car they're struggling to understand and problems off the track with sponsors mean Haas has a lot of problems to deal with right now. They're probably facing the biggest test in their short time in F1 right now.  

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