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Fourth for Max as Daniel powers to P5!

An action-packed race at the Bulls' local circuit saw Max finish P4 and Daniel climb 14 places to finish P5 at Silverstone.

Both Max and Daniel's starts were defined by aggressive, finely judged overtaking moves. In fourth place on the grid Max made an excellent getaway to put Vettel under pressure. The pair drew alongside each other as the field swarmed towards the Loop, with Max holding firm on the outside. As they entered the twisting section both drivers went marginally off track but when they rejoined it was Max who held third place with Vettel left to chase after the Dutchman.

At the back of the grid Daniel made an equally good start and powered forward to claim P14 in the opening corners. His advance was aided, however, by a collision between the two Toro Rosso cars. Carlos Sainz passed team-mate Daniil Kvyat when the lights went out but the Russian responded and as they battled Kvyat went off track. Losing control, he bounced back on circuit and collided with the side of his team-mate's car.

Sainz was ruled out of the race and Kvyat was later handed a drive-through for causing the collision. The incident brought out the safety car for a brief spell and when racing resumed Daniel continued his march forward, gaining two places following the safety car's exit. He then tried to go around the outside of Romain Grosjean's Haas but as the Frenchman protected his line, the space ran out and Daniel went wide and into the dirt. He rejoined but his good work had been undone and he found himself in P18.

At the front, Hamilton led from front-row starter Raikkonen, with Max still in third and resolutely keeping Vettel at bay.


Key Moments

• Daniel starts from P19 but rises five place on lap one.
• Max passes Vettel at the start to take P3 but is passed by Vettel in the pit stops.
• Max slots into P5 as the race develops but take P4 after Vettel suffers puncture.
• Daniel chases down Nico Hulkenberg to take P6 and then inherits P5 as Vettel drops back.


With the championship rival stretching away, Vettel's frustration grew and as the race head for the 15-lap mark the German attempted a number of bold overtaking moves on the Red Bull driver. Max once again showed the defensive positioning skills that earned him a first career win in Spain 14 months ago and he rebuffed every attack with consummate skill.

Only one way past remained open to Vettel – a strategic undercut. Ferrari pitted the championship leader on lap 18 and he took on soft tyres. Max's crew responded and a lap later the Dutchman dived into pit lane to also switch to softs. There was a problem with a wheel nut, however. Precious tenths of a second were lost and when Max passed the pit exit the first sight that greeted him was that of Vettel sweeping past.

Valtteri Bottas was also making moves. The Mercedes driver had qualified fourth but took a gearbox-related grid penalty and started ninth on soft tyres. When Vettel and Max pitted the Finn climbed to third behind Hamilton and Raikkonen who were now far ahead.

Daniel, meanwhile, had recovered from his off and was rapidly carving through the pack once more, and soon after Max's lap 19 pit stop, the Aussie was in P9 and chasing down McLaren's Stoffel Vandoorne as the pit stop window opened and drivers ahead made way.

Daniel quickly dismissed Vandoorne, and with his times looking good and clear air ahead he opted to stay on his starting supersofts to try to make more ground.

The plan worked beautifully and when Daniel eventually made his pit stop for softs at the end of lap 32 he rejoined in P10 behind the Force Indias of Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon.

What followed was an attacking masterclass as he powered ahead of Perez at Brooklands and then muscled past Ocon into Stowe on the same lap. He went one further on the next tour blasting past Haas' Kevin Magnussen on the high-speed run through Copse. By the end of lap 36 he was seventh and charging after Renault's Nico Hulkenberg who was 10 seconds up the road.

Ahead, Bottas had made his sole stop for supersoft tyres and had dropped back to fourth place behind Hamilton, Raikkonen and Vettel. Max, meanwhile, continued his lonely journey in fifth place, 10s behind Bottas and 35s clear of Hulkenberg.

It looked like that might be the result. But the final laps produced great drama. First Bottas closed on Vettel and, using his fresher tyres and better pace, passed the German on lap 42. Struggling with his front tyres, Verstappen was told to stay in the fight just in case.

Daniel, meanwhile, began to close up quickly to Hulkenberg, aided by better performance and an energy deployment issue for the Renault driver.

Then in the final laps Raikkonen suffered a puncture to his front-left tyre. The Finn headed for the pit lane and Bottas rose to second place. It looked like Vettel would take a damage-limiting third place but on the following lap the German, too, suffered a front-left puncture. Vettel, though, had a longer trip to the pits than his team-mate and as he limped back, Raikkonen claimed third, with Max sweeping through to take fourth place.

Daniel completed his final overtake of a brilliant day at the wheel to pass Hulkenberg, and as Vettel slipped to seventh place behind the Renault, the Red Bull driver claimed an outstanding fifth place.


OUR RACE IN NUMBERS:
117 – points for Daniel in the Drivers' Championship, putting him in P4.
50 – days since Max last scored points, at the Monaco Grand Prix.
225 – points for Red Bull Racing at Silverstone now from 26 starts.
152 – Constructors' Championship points for the team after nine races.

British Grand Prix Top Ten Race Result
1. Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES
2. Valtteri Bottas MERCEDES
3. Kimi Räikkönen FERRARI
4. Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING
5. Daniel Ricciardo RED BULL RACING
6. Nico Hulkenberg RENAULT
7. Sebastian Vettel FERRARI
8. Esteban Ocon FORCE INDIA
9. Sergio Perez FORCE INDIA
10. Felipe Massa WILLIAMS