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Sport Hamilton promises to 'keep close eye' on Red Bull after surprise Verstappen win

02:26  10 august  2020
02:26  10 august  2020 Source:   performgroup.com

Verstappen: Red Bull would still be behind Mercedes in hot conditions

  Verstappen: Red Bull would still be behind Mercedes in hot conditions Max Verstappen thinks he would have still qualified third behind both Mercedes drivers for the British Grand Prix even if the hot practice conditions had continued on Saturday .Verstappen was able to lead first practice at Silverstone as the temperature reached 35 degrees Celsius on Friday, which was the third-hottest day on record in Great Britain.Red Bull appeared to match Mercedes for pace in the warmer conditions, only for Verstappen to finish over a second off Lewis Hamilton's pole position time in qualifying.

Max Verstappen says it was " promising " to be so close to Ferrari and Mercedes in Formula 1 British Grand Prix practice, despite enduring "one Fresh from his win at the Austrian Grand Prix a fortnight ago, the Red Bull driver ended up seventh overall in second practice at Silverstone, eight tenths away

READ MORE: Max Verstappen defeats Mercedes duo to seal brilliant Silverstone win . Valtteri Bottas fended off an attack from Hamilton at the start to lead from pole position, but they couldn’t shake the hard “It was a massive challenge,” said Hamilton . "Congratulations to the Red Bull team and to Max.

a group of people standing next to a bottle of beer: Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton celebrate at Silverstone © Getty Images Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton celebrate at Silverstone

Lewis Hamilton was excited by Max Verstappen's surprise win at the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix but insists Mercedes will not take their success for granted.

Hamilton has dominated Formula One, winning the past three drivers' championships, and the Mercedes superstar leads the standings again in 2020.

However, the Briton missed out on a fourth race win in succession and a second in two weeks at Silverstone on Sunday.

F1 British GP: Hamilton holds on after last lap tyre failure for Silverstone win

  F1 British GP: Hamilton holds on after last lap tyre failure for Silverstone win Lewis Hamilton survived a dramatic final lap puncture to win Formula 1's 2020 British Grand Prix ahead of Max Verstappen, as the same tyre problem dropped Valtteri Bottas to P11 . The Mercedes drivers had looked completely at ease for the majority of the race at Silverstone, which was disrupted twice early on after separate heavy crashes for Kevin Magnussen and Daniil Kvyat, but their fortunes were turned around sensationally with just over two laps to go.

Max Verstappen defeats Mercedes duo to seal brilliant Silverstone win . With Mercedes locking out the front row in qualifying, polesitter Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton were expected to See exactly how the Red Bull racer pulled off the team's first win at Silverstone since Mark Webber back in 2012

Max Verstappen has become the first non-Mercedes driver to win a race in 2020, the Red Bull racer winning out in the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix from the Mercedes pairing of Lewis Hamilton and polesitter Valtteri Bottas after an incredible display at Silverstone.

With Mercedes' tyres blistering in the heat, Verstappen's Red Bull car thrived in the conditions and he triumphed to move second for the year, 30 points behind Hamilton.

Defending champion Hamilton welcomed the challenge, though, telling a post-race news conference: "I think it's great.

"As I said before, I want to have races where they're challenging - like today - so I'm excited to watch this race.

"Obviously the Red Bull seems to be quite close in race conditions to us and obviously today is stronger, so it shows they don't have as bad a package as perhaps people had said in the past

"But I think it's good. It will be interesting to see the progression through the rest of the year and I definitely will not overlook them.

"I think we've got to keep a close eye on them and keep working to push forwards, because I don't think it's going to be easy by any means.

"But I don't think my team has that mentality anyway, so we just keep our heads down.

"I was hopeful today that maybe we would have – wishful thinking - some sort of race towards the end, but maybe in the future we will get to have some, a bit more."

Hamilton sets podium record: The six-time champion's best top-three finishes .
After Lewis Hamilton set a record for the most podiums by an F1 driver, we look at some of his best top-three finishes.The six-time champion drew level with Michael Schumacher on 155 at the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix last weekend and wasted no time in taking sole ownership of top spot on the all-time list.

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