2017 British Grand Prix

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

2017 British Grand Prix
Race 10 of 20 in the 2017 Formula One World Championship
Layout of the Silverstone Circuit
Layout of the Silverstone Circuit
Race details
Date 16 July 2017
Official name 2017 Formula 1 Rolex British Grand Prix[1]
Location Silverstone Circuit
Silverstone, United Kingdom
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 5.891 km (3.660 mi)
Distance 51 laps, 300.307 km (186.602 mi)
Scheduled distance 52 laps, 306.198 km (190.262 mi)
Weather Overcast
Attendance 344,500[2]
Pole position
Driver Mercedes
Time 1:26.600
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
Time 1:30.621 on lap 48 (lap record)
Podium
First Mercedes
Second Mercedes
Third Ferrari

The 2017 British Grand Prix (formally known as the 2017 Formula 1 Rolex British Grand Prix) was a Formula One motor race that took place on 16 July 2017 at the Silverstone Circuit in Silverstone, United Kingdom. This race was the seventy-second running of the British Grand Prix, the sixty-eighth time that the race has been run as a World Championship event, and the fifty-second time that the World Championship event has been held at the Silverstone Circuit.

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel entered the round with a twenty-point lead over Mercedes's Lewis Hamilton in the Drivers' Championship. Mercedes led Ferrari by thirty-three points in the Constructors' Championship.

The race was dominantly won by Lewis Hamilton, who achieved a grand slam, starting from pole position, leading every lap of the race, setting fastest lap, and finally winning with a 14-second lead over Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas. With his fifth British Grand Prix win he equalled the records of Alain Prost and Jim Clark, who won the race five times each. In contrast, his championship rival Sebastian Vettel suffered a tyre failure with two laps to go, subsequently only finishing seventh. As a result, his lead over Hamilton in the Drivers' standings was cut down to one point. Kimi Räikkönen, Vettel's teammate, suffered the same problem while in second position and lost his place to Bottas, however he still managed to finish third.

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

On 11 July 2017, the BRDC, the owners of Silverstone, activated a break clause in their contract meaning unless a new contract is signed, 2019 will be the final year the British Grand Prix takes place at Silverstone.[3]

Practice[edit]

The first free practice session saw the public début of the "shield" cockpit protection device, a reinforced perspex crash structure mounted to the monocoque. The shield is designed to provide additional driver protection by deflecting debris away from a driver's head without compromising the ability of marshalls to access the cockpit in the event of an accident. The initial testing was carried out by Ferrari to assess the shield's design ahead of a planned introduction in 2018.[4] Sebastian Vettel responded negatively to the design, cutting short his testing of the device and subsequently reporting that the concave shape of the shield distorted his vision and made him feel dizzy.[5]

Mercedes's Valtteri Bottas went fastest in first practice,[6] setting a time of 1:29.106. He was followed by his teammate Lewis Hamilton and the Red Bull of Max Verstappen in second and third. In second practice,[7] Bottas was fastest followed by Hamilton and Räikkönen. Saturday's third and final practice[8] was topped by Hamilton, with Vettel second and Bottas third. Hamilton set the quickest time of all three practices with a 1:28.063, closely followed by Vettel who set a 1:28.095.[9]

Qualifying[edit]

Q1 was affected by rain and most drivers used intermediate tyres. Daniel Ricciardo's Red Bull experienced a turbo failure, ending his qualifying run. Fernando Alonso opted to change to supersofts during the final minutes of Q1 as the track dried. He subsequently set the fastest time of the session, a 1:37.598.

In Q3, Lewis Hamilton secured pole position with a 1:26.600, 0.547 seconds quicker than Kimi Räikkönen in second, and 0.756 seconds quicker than Vettel in third. Nico Hülkenberg gave Renault team its best qualifying result since its return to F1 in 2016, with fifth. Hamilton's pole equalled Jim Clark's record for most poles at the British Grand Prix. Valtteri Bottas set the fourth fastest time during Q3 but started from ninth position after being set back five places as a result of an unauthorised gearbox change.[10] Subsequently, Max Verstappen started fourth.

Race[edit]

In the formation lap Jolyon Palmer suffered a hydraulic failure and retired from the race. Another formation lap was held and thus the grand prix was shortened to 51 laps instead of the scheduled 52 laps.

At the start, Hamilton easily pulled away opening a 1.6 seconds gap to Räikkönen after just one lap. Sebastian Vettel, starting from third, was overtaken by Max Verstappen. Valtteri Bottas started his slow run towards what would become a second place, overtaking both McLaren Honda driver Stoffel Vandoorne and Sergio Perez in a Force India, who started from eight and sixth respectively. A crash of the Toro Rosso drivers Carlos Sainz Jr. and Daniil Kvyat, caused by Kvyat, brought out the safety car on lap 2, with Sainz retiring while Kvyat continued but finished the race only fifteenth after receiving a drive-through penalty.[11]

At the restart, once again Hamilton pulled away and, in the following laps, opened a gap towards second placed Kimi Räikkönen which allowed him to cruise to victory. Meanwhile, Bottas continued his charge and got up to fifth place before lap 7, overtaking Esteban Ocon and Nico Hulkenberg. Vettel, after the restart, was stuck behind the Red Bull of Max Verstappen and the two banged wheels as Vettel tried to overtake. Verstappen stayed in third but Vettel eventually got out in front of him after he pitted on lap 18, one lap earlier than Verstappen.

Bottas, who was the only one of the top ten who started on the slower but more durable soft tyres instead of the supersofts, stayed out until lap 32 and then pitted for supersofts. As he set fastest lap he soon caught up to Vettel and overtook him on lap 44, moving up into third. Meanwhile, Daniel Ricciardo, who started from 19th on the grid, also moved up, overtaking, among others, Fernando Alonso, Sergio Perez and Kevin Magnussen. He eventually finished fifth.

In the final laps, both Ferraris suffered punctures. On lap 49 Kimi Räikkönen suffered a puncture on his left front tyre. With a relatively short distance to the pits, Räikkönen only lost second place to Bottas and still managed to finish third. Vettel's puncture came on lap 51 with almost the entire lap remaining to return to the pits with a blown tire. Losing a significant amount of time, the blow out dropped him down to seventh place.[12]

As a result of the race, Hamilton narrowed the gap to Vettel in the Drivers' Championship to just one point, while Mercedes expanded their lead in the Constructors' Championship to 55 points over Ferrari.

The result marked Hamilton's fifth career grand slam. Additionally, Hamilton equalled the record for most British Grand Prix wins held jointly by Alain Prost and Jim Clark.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos. Car
no.
Driver Constructor Qualifying times Final
grid
Q1 Q2 Q3
1 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:39.069 1:27.893 1:26.600 1
2 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:40.455 1:28.992 1:27.147 2
3 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:39.962 1:28.978 1:27.356 3
4 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:39.698 1:28.732 1:27.376 91
5 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 1:38.912 1:29.431 1:28.130 4
6 27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg Renault 1:39.201 1:29.340 1:28.856 5
7 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Force India-Mercedes 1:42.009 1:29.824 1:28.902 6
8 31 France Esteban Ocon Force India-Mercedes 1:39.738 1:29.701 1:29.074 7
9 2 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren-Honda 1:40.011 1:30.105 1:29.418 8
10 8 France Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1:42.042 1:29.966 1:29.549 10
11 30 United Kingdom Jolyon Palmer Renault 1:41.404 1:30.193 11
12 26 Russia Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:41.726 1:30.355 12
13 14 Spain Fernando Alonso McLaren-Honda 1:37.598 1:30.600 202
14 55 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso 1:41.114 1:31.368 13
15 19 Brazil Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1:41.874 1:31.482 14
16 18 Canada Lance Stroll Williams-Mercedes 1:42.573 15
17 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1:42.577 16
18 94 Germany Pascal Wehrlein Sauber-Ferrari 1:42.593 17
19 9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 1:42.633 18
20 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 1:42.966 193
107% time: 1:44.429
Source:[13]
Notes
  • ^1Valtteri Bottas received a five-place grid penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change.
  • ^2Fernando Alonso received a thirty-place grid penalty for use of additional power unit elements.
  • ^3Daniel Ricciardo received a five-place grid penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change and a ten-place grid penalty for use of additional power unit elements.

Race[edit]

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 51 1:21:27.430 1 25
2 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 51 +14.063 9 18
3 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 51 +36.570 2 15
4 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 51 +52.125 4 12
5 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 51 +1:05.955 19 10
6 27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg Renault 51 +1:08.109 5 8
7 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 51 +1:33.989 3 6
8 31 France Esteban Ocon Force India-Mercedes 50 +1 Lap 7 4
9 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Force India-Mercedes 50 +1 Lap 6 2
10 19 Brazil Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 50 +1 Lap 14 1
11 2 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren-Honda 50 +1 Lap 8
12 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 50 +1 Lap 16
13 8 France Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 50 +1 Lap 10
14 9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 50 +1 Lap 18
15 26 Russia Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 50 +1 Lap 12
16 18 Canada Lance Stroll Williams-Mercedes 50 +1 Lap 15
17 94 Germany Pascal Wehrlein Sauber-Ferrari 50 +1 Lap 17
Ret 14 Spain Fernando Alonso McLaren-Honda 32 Fuel pump 20
Ret 55 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso 0 Collision 13
DNS 30 United Kingdom Jolyon Palmer Renault 0 Hydraulics 1
Source:[14]
Notes
  • ^1Jolyon Palmer did not line up on the grid as a result of a hydraulic failure on the first formation lap.

Championship standings after the race[edit]

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Great Britain". Formula1.com. Formula One Administration. Retrieved 10 July 2017. 
  2. ^ "F1 reveals overall rise in 2017 attendance". GPupdate.net. JHED Media BV. 8 December 2017. Archived from the original on 9 December 2017. 
  3. ^ "British Grand Prix future uncertain beyond 2019 as Silverstone activates break clause". 11 July 2017. Retrieved 13 July 2017 – via www.bbc.co.uk. 
  4. ^ Noble, Jonathan (8 July 2017). "FIA reveals first image of shield device and British GP test plans". autosport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved 10 July 2017. 
  5. ^ "Vettel: Shield device made me feel dizzy". speedcafe.com. 15 July 2017. Retrieved 15 July 2017. 
  6. ^ "2017 Formula 1 Rolex British Grand Prix – Practice 1". Formula1.com. Formula One World Championship Ltd. 14 July 2017. Retrieved 16 July 2017. 
  7. ^ "2017 Formula 1 Rolex British Grand Prix – Practice 2". Formula1.com. Formula One World Championship Ltd. 14 July 2017. Retrieved 16 July 2017. 
  8. ^ "2017 Formula 1 Rolex British Grand Prix – Practice 3". Formula1.com. Formula One World Championship Ltd. 15 July 2017. Retrieved 16 July 2017. 
  9. ^ "2017 British Grand Prix Practice Results". BBC. Retrieved 15 July 2017. 
  10. ^ "Bottas braced for Silverstone gearbox penalty". Formula 1. Retrieved 14 July 2017. 
  11. ^ "Daniil Kvyat in trouble again, facing suspension after British GP fiasco". news.com.au. Retrieved 17 July 2017. 
  12. ^ "2017 British Grand Prix Race Highlights". Formula 1. Retrieved 16 July 2017. 
  13. ^ "2017 Formula 1 Rolex British Grand Prix – Qualifying". Formula1.com. Formula One World Championship Ltd. 15 July 2017. Retrieved 15 July 2017. 
  14. ^ "2017 Formula 1 Rolex British Grand Prix – Race Result". Formula1.com. Formula One World Championship Ltd. 16 July 2017. Retrieved 16 July 2017. 

External links[edit]


Previous race:
2017 Austrian Grand Prix
FIA Formula One World Championship
2017 season
Next race:
2017 Hungarian Grand Prix
Previous race:
2016 British Grand Prix
British Grand Prix Next race:
2018 British Grand Prix