Analysis: Hamilton continues Silverstone magic, Ferrari implodes

From ESPN - July 16, 2017

ESPN rounds up the main talking points from the British Grand Prix, a race which saw momentum in the championship fight take a dramatic shift in the closing laps as Ferrari hit double tyre trouble.

Shock: An identical front-left tyre delamination for both Ferraris late on, helping Mercedes secure a one-two finish and slashing Sebastian Vettel's championship lead to just one point. The Ferraris looked set to split the Mercedes drivers before Kimi Raikkonen's issue hit with four laps left, although that elevated Vettel to the final step on the podium.

But the issue hit the red No.5 car just three laps later, seeing him drop from third down the order and emerge from his last-gasp pit stop in seventh position. In a season which has seen Ferrari stay consistent and Mercedes have the significant reliability issues and wobbles in form, it could well be a critical momentum shifter in the season's title fight.

Shocker: Teammates hitting each other is always a bit of a disaster. Carlos Sainz and Daniil Kvyat have never been the chummiest teammates and its unlikely their relationship will be enhanced leaving Silverstone. On lap one, as the two men diced for position through the Maggots-Becketts complex, Kvyat got loose on the inside and spun into the side of his teammate, immediately taking the Spaniard out of the race.

Kvyat immediately claimed "he turned in on me!" but multiple replays suggested Sainz was just a passenger. Kvyat got a drive-through penalty for re-joining the circuit unsafely, which was harsh given he had little control over his car once he got out of shape, but blame for the incident should rest on his shoulders. With Sainz looking for a way out of Toro Rosso and the team nearing an extension for Kvyat, it will be interesting to see how this impacts the future of both drivers.


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