SILVERSTONE (England) – Ferrari’s Spaniard Carlos Sainz claimed his first win in his 150th Formula 1 World Championship race by winning the British Grand Prix on Sunday, which was stopped on the first lap after a major accident and a group of people stormed the track.
Mexican Sergio Perez was second with Red Bull, 3.779 seconds behind the Spaniard, after recovering from a fall to last after changing his front wing.
Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton climbed to the podium by finishing third with Mercedes and earning an extra point after setting the fastest lap of the race.
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc finished fourth despite running the race with a damaged front wing.
“Yes, we did it. I don’t know what to say. That’s great,” Sainz said of the win, which seemed elusive despite starting from pole for the first time.
“First win in the 150th race, with Ferrari at Silverstone. I couldn’t ask for more. It’s an exceptional day, a day I will never forget, an exceptional weekend in general.”
The last nine laps were astonishing and full of overtaking after the safety car went out and Perez, Leclerc and Hamilton battled for second place.
Hamilton managed to overtake the other drivers but dropped from second to fourth before finishing third.
World champion and overall leader Max Verstappen finished seventh despite damage to the floor of his Red Bull, leading the championship by 34 points over teammate Perez after 10 of 22 rounds.
Anger appeared on Leclerc, who was in the lead with 12 laps to go after Ferrari’s strategy cost him the win.
The Monaco driver stayed on track after the safety car went out and had to defend his position against rivals with new tires.
Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso finished fifth with Albin ahead of McLaren’s Lando Norris.
Mick Schumacher, son of Ferrari legend Michael Schumacher, seven-time world champion, took his first F1 points after finishing eighth with Haas, while his teammate Kevin Magnussen finished tenth.
Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel celebrated his 35th birthday by finishing ninth with Aston Martin, despite having started from 18th.
The race was halted about an hour before the first lap was completed after Chinese Alfa Romeo driver Guanyu Zhou had a serious accident when his car capsized and flew off the tire wall and slammed into the fence.
Zhou was taken to the medical center to undergo tests before being discharged after ensuring his safety.
The first corner incident witnessed several other mishaps as Mercedes’ George Russell broke his record by finishing in the top five in the first nine races, and Alexander Albon, the Williams driver.
Albon was taken to the medical center and from there to the hospital for tests.
When the race came to an end, a group of people stormed the track to howl from the crowd before being led outside.