Key Victory at Snetterton for Markelov, Vettel Retires Early


118Sebastian VettelCaterham-Judd1:23.5141:23.632
26Artem MarkelovBR Mansell-Toyota1:23.9971:23.713+0.199
339Sho TsuboiBR Mansell-Toyota1:24.5871:23.830+0.316
447Lando NorrisCaterham-Judd1:24.1051:23.910+0.396
531Esteban OconFAST-Mercedes1:24.0521:23.923+0.409
67Charles LeclercFAST-Mercedes1:24.3101:23.991+0.477
757Dean StonemanPrecision-Mercedes1:24.2221:24.150+0.636
864Dave CassidyFerrari1:24.5801:24.428+0.914
923Alexander AlbonFerrari1:24.5581:24.468+0.954
1094Pascal WehrleinPrecision-Mercedes1:24.5391:24.515+1.001
1133Max VerstappenRed Bull-Ferrari1:24.8621:24.559+1.045
1226Robert ShwartzmanWilliams-Ferrari1:24.6741:24.839+1.160
1370Sérgio Sette CâmaraWilliams-Ferrari1:25.0201:24.830+1.316
1477Valtteri BottasToyota1:25.4321:25.100+1.586
1537Kazuki NakajimaToyota1:25.1851:25.287+1.671
1629Roger IbeRed Bull-Ferrari1:25.1901:25.444+1.676
1713Pastor MaldonadoSauber-Judd1:26.0231:25.823+2.309
1884Jack AitkenSauber-Judd1:26.3461:26.223+2.709
1923Jules BianchiCalinetic-Judd1:26.6191:26.296+2.782
2099Antonio GiovinazziDawson-Mercedes1:27.1371:27.053+3.539
214Robin FrijnsLoonmotor-Judd1:27.5791:27.140+3.626
2255Carlos Sainz, Jr.Dawson-Mercedes1:27.2921:27.223+3.709
2398Bradley DagnallLoonmotor-Judd1:28.2641:27.889+4.375
2473Daniel MelroseCalinetic-JuddNo TimeNo Time---


Sebastian Vettel spun out in the heat and his championship hopes have taken a severe blow.

The key factor in the British Grand Prix was the heat. Near-record temperatures in Norfolk county made the first F1 outing of the Snetterton Circuit a challenging experience for all 24 drivers on the grid.

Sebastian Vettel dominated qualifying, ending the battle for pole position on Friday with a great lap. Regrettably, the German wasted his effort: first, he lost the lead at the start and when he tried to get it back, he spun out early.

Artem Markelov was left to take a key victory, which helps his title dreams massively. Especially given hometown hero Lando Norris failed to beat Charles Leclerc for second, Markelov’s lead keeps growing.

In the lower points-paying positions, a few struggling teams have a moment of celebration: Williams acquire three points at the hand of Robert Shwartzman, who is drawing attention from Precision, and Toyota gets a ninth place thanks to Bottas.


16Artem MarkelovBR Mansell-Toyota59:03.55815
27Charles LeclercFAST-Mercedes+9.47412
347Lando NorrisCaterham-Judd+12.78310
457Dean StonemanPrecision-Mercedes+22.1318
594Pascal WehrleinPrecision-Mercedes+27.1936
623Alexander AlbonFerrari+40.1825
733Max VerstappenRed Bull-Ferrari+41.2034
826Robert ShwartzmanWilliams-Ferrari+42.6373
977Valtteri BottasToyota+62.6802
1064Dave CassidyFerrari1 Lap1
1123Jules BianchiCalinetic-Judd1 Lap
1237Kazuki NakajimaToyota1 Lap
1385Jack AitkenSauber-Judd1 Lap
1473Daniel MelroseCalinetic-Judd1 Lap
1555Carlos Sainz, Jr.Dawson-Mercedes1 Lap
1619Robin FrijnsLoonmotor-Judd1 Lap
1798Bradley DagnallLoonmotor-Judd1 Lap
1813Pastor MaldonadoSauber-JuddMotor
DNF70Sérgio Sette CâmaraWilliams-FerrariAccident
DNF29Roger IbeRed Bull-FerrariTransmission
DNF14Esteban OconFAST-MercedesSuspension
DNF99Antonio GiovinazziDawson-JuddMotor
DNF39Sho TsuboiMansell-MercedesMotor
DNF18Sebastian VettelCaterham-JuddAccident

Fastest Lap:

Esteban Ocon – 1:28.198

Infinite Improbability Drive Of The Race:

FAST-Mercedes – the team owned by Fernando Alonso looks as much as a star-in-the-making as the driver himself did early in his career.

Reject Of The Race:

Sebastian Vettel – a horrible error may very well have ended his dreams of winning the world championship.