British Grand Prix: Verstappen beats Norris to victory
Max Verstappen cruised to victory in the British Grand Prix for his sixth win in a row and a record-equalling 11th consecutive triumph for Red Bull.
McLaren’s Lando Norris fought off an attack from Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes after a late safety car to finish second and give the 160,000 fans a double home podium to cheer.
Verstappen’s eighth win in 10 races this year brought Red Bull level with the record McLaren established in their historic 1988 season with Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost.
Oscar Piastri made it a great day for McLaren with fourth, ahead of George Russell’s Mercedes.
Verstappen was untouchable out front, once he had overtaken Norris for the lead on lap five after the McLaren jumped ahead when the world champion suffered too much wheelspin at the start.
This victory, which puts Verstappen’s championship lead over team-mate Sergio Perez at 99 points, extends a run of Red Bull wins that dates back to last season’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
On Verstappen’s current apparently unbeatable form, Red Bull will break McLaren’s record at the next race in Hungary in two weeks’ time and are likely to move far beyond it as the season progresses.
Verstappen reduced this grand prix, like so many this year, to a demonstration run once into the lead.
But behind him the race, static for a long period, came alive after the safety car, which was called when Kevin Magnussen’s Haas caught fire down the Wellington straight. (BBC)