July 8, 2018 / 8:17 PM / 2 months ago

Motor racing-Team by team analysis of the British Grand Prix

SILVERSTONE, England, July 8 (Reuters) - Team by team analysis of Sunday’s British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone (listed in championship order):

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FERRARI (Sebastian Vettel 1, Kimi Raikkonen 3)

Vettel’s fourth win of the season and 51st of his career, the German is now eight points clear of Hamilton at the top. He started second on the grid and led from the start, losing out to Bottas after the first safety car but retaking the place on track. Raikkonen collided with Hamilton on the opening lap and was given a 10 second penalty.

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MERCEDES (Lewis Hamilton 2, Valtteri Bottas 4)

Mercedes are now 20 points adrift of Ferrari and were beaten for the first time since 2012 at Silverstone. Hamilton had started on pole but made a poor getaway, spun after contact with Raikkonen and fought back from last. Bottas led near the end but fell back as his tyres went off.

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RED BULL (Daniel Ricciardo 5, Max Verstappen 15)

Ricciardo got unlucky with the safety car. Verstappen, winner in Austria, retired with a suspected brake-by-wire problem after running as high as third.

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RENAULT (Nico Hulkenberg 6, Carlos Sainz retired)

Hulkenberg went from 11th on the grid to sixth after a strong start. Sainz made up seven places at the start from 16th but collided with Grosjean at Copse on lap 38.

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HAAS (Kevin Magnussen 9, Romain Grosjean retired)

Magnussen continued his strong form with a third successive scoring finish, the points keeping them two clear of Force India. He and Grosjean made contact at the start, with the Frenchman ultimately crashing out with Sainz.

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FORCE INDIA (Esteban Ocon 7, Sergio Perez 10)

A double points finish for the Silverstone-based team. Ocon started 10th, Perez 12th with the Mexican promoted after the finish when Gasly was penalised. Force India go ahead of McLaren by a point.

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MCLAREN (Fernando Alonso 8, Stoffel Vandoorne 11)

McLaren slipped back to seventh but made the most of the safety car period. Alonso said he was pushed off by Magnussen but managed to retake the place. Vandoorne struggled with the handling of his car.

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TORO ROSSO (Pierre Gasly 13, Brendon Hartley retired)

Gasly finished 10th but was demoted after the incident with Perez two laps from the end. Hartley, who missed qualifying after a practice crash due to suspension failure, retired on the first lap after a problem on the warm-up.

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SAUBER (Charles Leclerc and Marcus Ericsson retired)

Leclerc was heading for his fourth race in a row in the points but had to retire when the team released him from a pitstop with a wheel not fully secured. Ericsson crashed at turn one on lap 32.

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WILLIAMS (Lance Stroll 12, Sergey Sirotkin 14)

No points for Williams again, with the team struggling with the car’s aerodynamics. (Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Neil Robinson)

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