Hamilton vs Verstappen
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The first four races of the 2021 F1 season has set the scene beautifully as the wishes of fans has come true, with Mercedes and Red Bull looking equally matched in performance. Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes and Max Verstappen in the Red Bull continue to show their dominance over their respective teammates and in all four races, have been fighting each other for the race win. Lewis and Mercedes have dominated F1 for 7 seasons in a row but finally Red Bull appear to have clawed back the performance back.
The first four races of the season have been littered with drama, overtakes and wheel-to-wheel action throughout the grid. With the turbo era of f1 cars ending in 2021, it’s looking like fans around the world are getting the perfect send off, ready for a major reset in 2022.
This has only increased the interest and demand for the British Grand Prix in July as fans are desperate to see Lewis Hamilton win his 8th and record breaking world championship, but with Verstappen and Red Bull as major contenders every point is going to make the difference. After four races it’s Lewis Hamilton on 94 points and Max Verstappen on 80 points. Join us for one of the most eagerly anticipated racing battles this century by booking official Engage Live hospitality at Silverstone for the British Grand Prix.
Race 1 – Bahrain
With Australia taking a new slot on the calendar due to covid-19, Bahrain got the opportunity to host the curtain raiser and with limited practice time, fans were excited to see the performance of their favourite teams. Verstappen qualified on pole and led throughout the first stint of the race, with Hamilton patiently waiting a few seconds behind. With Valtteri Bottas sitting in third, the Mercedes duo were able to split their tyre strategy and force Verstappen into a difficult pit stop decision. Hamilton pitted early, performed the undercut and was ahead of Verstappen on track for the middle part of the race.
The action continued down the field with strong performances from Lando Norris in the Mclaren and Charles Leclerc in the Ferrari whilst Yuki Tsunoda earnt some debut points in the AlphaTauri. But the final few laps of this grand prix was one of the most exciting battles in recent memory. Hamilton had the lead of the grand prix but with ageing tyres, Verstappen was closing in on him comfortably every lap. On lap 53 of 56 Max was right behind Lewis and as the Brit went wide and missed the apex , it looked to be an inevitable overtake for the Dutch superstar.
Verstappen got the job done, but secured the pass off track and the team decided to give Hamilton the place back quickly, to give Max the remainder of the race to try and secure the win. But the defence and tyre management from Hamilton was exemplary in the last few laps, typical of the 7 time world champion and somehow he managed to take the chequered flag and win the first race of the season.
Not only was this an excellent on-track battle, but the race was determined by the strategies of both teams as pit stop time and tyre wear was crucial. Mercedes won the battle but the war was just beginning and the anticipated close rivalry was confirmed in race 2.
Race 2 – Imola
This time it was Lewis Hamilton who squeezed into pole position against the two Red Bulls, but that lead only last a couple of seconds on race day as Verstappen from third got an incredible start and blasted past Hamilton and Perez to take the lead. From then on Verstappen expertly controlled the race in tricky wet conditions but behind him it was chaotic, especially for Hamilton who on lap 32 stuck the car in the gravel to lap George Russell in the Williams. He managed to reverse the car into the sand and on the same lap, an almighty crash occurred between Bottas and Russell who collided at full speed, forcing a red flag to temporarily halt the race.
This gave Hamilton and others the chance to patch up some bodywork and go again. The Brit managed to battle his way through the field and secure an incredible 2nd place finish. Lando Norris continued his impressive start to the season by finishing third, his second podium in his short f1 career. The race was full of spins, crashes, daring overtakes and difficult tyre decisions as the track dried up in the final stint of the grand prix. Verstappen did the damage on lap one and further enforced his status as one of the best drivers on the grid.
Race 3 and 4 – Hamilton Surges Clear
Two incredible performance from Mercedes and Hamilton have pushed the current world champions into pole position in the constructors championship. The highlight was in Spain, where a beautiful tactical display saw Hamilton pit twice, instead of Verstappen’s one pit stop and the man from Stevenage eventually cruised part the Dutchman on very weak tyres.
It was the first indication that Red Bull need Sergio Perez to step up and support Max, with Bottas recently playing an important role in splitting strategies and forcing Verstappen into a move. His race pace and craft has been strong, but ultimately his disappointing qualifying performances have left the team scratching their heads.
What’s next? – Monaco GP
The fifth race of the season is at the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday 23 May. If it’s half as exciting as the first four races, we are in for another brilliant race and chapter in the 2021 F1 season.
When is the British Grand Prix at Silverstone?
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- Trackside terrace
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- Premium grandstand seating
- Breakfast on arrival
- Gourmet lunch grazing menu
- Afternoon tea
- Complimentary premium bar
- Official programme
- VIP hostess service
- Guest speakers from the motorsport world
- Super Screen viewing
- Personal Silverstone radio
- Reserved hospitality parking
- Close to the FIA Formula 2 and Formula 3 Support Paddocks
- Prize draw for signed memorabilia
The weekend looks set to host the first ever Sprint Race on Saturday, where three points can be won in a short lap race with places determined by normal qualifying that has been pushed to Friday.
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