The top marks for the two Ferrari drivers at the end of a Sunday of almost nothing in the race for the title.
CARLOS SAINZ: VOTE 10
The exploit is now ripe, we saw it a fortnight ago in Canada. A weekend to frame, from pole position to the top step of the podium. In between, a strong-willed performance. Not without some small flaws but rightly rewarded by the first victory in the World Cup. Rational and quick when he is ordered to give way to Leclerc, passionate and ultra-determined when he pretends to be able to give the final touch to his masterpiece. Nothing to say: the perfect weekend for Carlos, in fact. For the Ferrari world championship plans, on the other hand … it all needs to be demonstrated.
CHARLES LECLERC: VOTE 10
Only Ferrari managed to beat Mercedes at Silverstone in the last decade but Leclerc was aiming to repeat Vettel’s exploit in 2018 and instead found himself off the podium. Charles pays for the choices of the Ferrari command bridge and takes advantage of only a small part of Verstappen’s wrong Sunday. From the film library the counter-overtake on Hamilton to Copse. She swallows the bitter morsel but – as has happened before – her eyes and the tone of her voice betray the disappointment of a largely wasted opportunity. She is destined to leave some traces and some waste to be disposed of quickly.
LEWIS HAMILTON: VOTE 9
He rediscovers the polish – and with him the Mercedes – right on the asphalt of his house, even if the leap in quality started a couple of GPs ago. The yield curve draws a very interesting trajectory for the second part of the season. It is too late to chase the title number eight but Lewis at Silverstone has shown that he has not lost a single drop of his talent along the track and the desire to fight wheel to wheel with today’s and tomorrow’s rivals.
MAX VERSTAPPEN: VOTE 7
He only partially straightens the balance of a Sunday that began with very different premises (the perfect shot at the first start). Friends and enemies give him a hand: Ferrari hesitating for a long time on the day’s priorities and on the long-term ones, his teammate SERGIO PEREZ (VOTE 7.5) recovering up to second place, snatching six points from Leclerc, effectively halving the possible deficit.
ALFA ROMEO SAUBER: WITHOUT VOTE
Flying over the retirement of Valtteri Bottas, one cannot do the same on the much more dangerous flight of his teammate GUANYU ZHOU. Speaking of which: good luck to the first Chinese driver of the World Championship and to his occasional companion in misfortune ALEXANDER ALBON. The Italian-Swiss team, on the other hand, is without a vote, waiting to understand (and it must be done beyond any reasonable doubt) why the rollbar of Zhou’s C42 never crumbled in contact with the asphalt.
GEORGE RUSSELL: VOTE 5
His impressive collection of consecutive top five finishes ends at nine … ten GPs of 2022. He crashes in the first empty lap right on the friendly asphalt and now he feels the breath of his multi-champion teammate on his neck. In short, the beauty comes now. Even the difficult, come to think of it.
MICK SCHUMACHER: VOTE 7
For a couple of GPs at risk of being cut, despite his name and above all the surname, Mick finally manages and for the first time to reach the points area of a World Championship and gives himself a final sprint (lost) for seventh place with Verstappen. Sure, the Dutchman drove a “lame” Red Bull but Schumi Jr. breathes – at least for a while – a sigh of relief.
PIERRE GASLY AND YUKI TSUNODA: VOTE 4
The Frenchman triggers the incident of the first route with his very optimistic (but from our point of view entirely legitimate) attempt to slip between Zhou and Russell at the start. The Japanese – for some GP … impeccable – falls back and starts the parallel ballet (spinning) of the two Alpha Tauri in the central phase of the GP. A Sunday to forget for both of us and for the team: the vote must be understood as … cumulative!
FERNANDO ALONSO: VOTE 8
Lurking in the final round of the GP, Fernando once again combines talent and craft. The podium was there at hand but the paw does not arrive. He has to settle for fifth place but the Spaniard still moves the rankings and seems determined to get more satisfactions.
SEBASTIAN VETTEL: VOTE 7
Sainz takes away the primacy of the last Ferrari winner (four years ago) in the enemy’s house. Sebastian, however, finds a way to celebrate his 35th birthday with the ninth place finish, at the head of an entirely substantial performance: even if it’s not really rich stuff.
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Sainz “mata” Silverstone, Hamilton touches the coup, Verstappen is saved for a corner
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