How the wild final laps of the British Grand Prix unfolded

How the wild final laps of the British Grand Prix unfolded

The British Grand Prix had been a fairly routine affair until the final handful of laps, when a series of tyre failures blew the contest wide open. Max Verstappen crossed just five seconds behind Lewis Hamilton at the finish, with the world champion's car operating on just three wheels after a dramatic late tyre failure. But his hadn't been the only one. Here's how the final portion of the 53-lap race unfolded. Lap 48: Kimi Raikkonen's Alfa Romeo slows down the Hangar Straight with what appears to have been a front wing failure, with chunk of it missing on the left-hand side. The damage has also caused some damage to the front-left tyre. The front wing debris has fallen off the race track, meaning there is no need for the stewards to deploy the Safety Car for the third time in the race. Lap 50: Valtteri Bottas suffers a dramatic front-left puncture while in second position. He crawls around the circuit to the pit-lane, handing second place to Max Verstappen in the process. By the time Bottas exits the pits he is 12th. Red Bull seizes the opportunity to pit Verstappen for fresh tyres so he can attack for fastest lap, something which is rewarded with an extra point. Mercedes instructs Hamilton that his only job is to bring the tyres home safely, although they do not capitalise on his lead by pitting. Lap 51: McLaren's Carlos Sainz suffers an identical failure and goes straight on at the Maggotts/Becketts ...
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