2018 British GP: Alonso Delivers Points Finish at McLaren’s Home GP

Fernando Alonso Leading a Pack of Cars, British GP 2018
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Fernando Alonso managed to steal another three points for McLaren, at their home event in Silverstone.

McLaren achieved their first points finish in Silverstone, since Fernando Alonso in 2015, when he scored his first points for McLaren-Honda.

Alonso also achieved another milestone, with 200 Formula 1 points finishes, being only 21 shy off Michael Schumacher, who helds the record with the most.

The Spaniard started from 13th on the grid, his getaway was clean, but as Sergio Perez spun in the first corner, Alonso got a what seemed minor touch from the Mexican, there was no visible damage.

Regardless of the first corner avoiding action, Alonso was 11th after the first lap, although he would be quickly overtaken by Lewis Hamilton, who was charging through the field, after getting hit by Kimi Räikkönen on the first lap.

McLaren pitted Alonso on lap 14 for a fresh set of medium tyres, Alonso had gained from this stop, after all cars completed their pit-stops, jumping both Sainz and Magnussen, to take 10th place.

But 10th became 9th, after Charles Leclerc’s race was ruined by an unfortunate mistake of the Sauber pit crew, sending him on track with a loosen left rear wheel.

When Marcus Ericsson crashed his car in the frist corner on lap 32, the Safety Car had to come out on track, McLaren took this opportunity to pit Alonso for a 2nd time, he dropped behind Magnussen because of that.

After the Safety Car came in, Alonso was immediately on the charge, attempting to overtake Magnussen into the penultimate corner, but the dane pushed Alonso off track, almost into the pit-lane entry.

Carlos Sainz and Romain Grosjean collided going into turn 15, causing the 2nd and final Safety Car of this race.

Once the Safety Car came in, Alonso got back to fight Magnussen, the Spaniard overtook the dane into turn 16, but Magnussen managed to re-take the place back.

Magnussen started to become a problem for Alonso, the Haas driver was very aggressive, while trying to figh off the Spaniard.

He pushed him into the gravel in turn 7 and just a few corners later, Magnussen nearly caused an almighty accident, pushing Alonso off track going into Maggots and Beckets – Alonso had to lift off to avoid contact.

Max Verstappen spun and later retired from the race, promoting everyone from 5th place up by one position.

It was the last lap, when Fernando Alonso finally got Kevin Magnussen, the Spaniard overtook the Haas driver into the second corner to take 8th place, althought it could’ve been more, as the McLaren driver himself suggested.

Fernando Alonso is going into the German Grand Prix weekend with 40 total points, 10 more than the entire McLaren team in 2017.

Fernando Alonso, Post-Race:

“It was a great race today, and a great show for the fans with a couple of Safety Cars that always mix things up.”

“In a normal race, eighth would be great, but with the Safety Car and the soft tyres we decided to put on – and the others who didn’t pit – we had a clear tyre advantage at the end of the race, but couldn’t capitalise on that because we were stuck behind traffic.”

“Kevin Magnussen pushed us off the track at Turn Seven, and without that I think we could have probably been fighting with Esteban Ocon and Nico Hülkenberg for P6. However, no penalty was given so we had to fight back, and overtook Kevin on the last lap.”

“We have more points for the team, which is great, but hopefully we can reach that position in the future thanks only to our own performance.”

“Saturday seems to be the lowest point of our weekend in terms of performance, but then on Sundays we are in the same group as Renault, Force India and Haas, so we definitely need to find more performance in qualifying.”

2018 Formula 1 British Grand Prix Race Results
 DriverTeam
EngineGap
1.germany Sebastian VettelFerrariFerrari 
2.united_kingdom Lewis Hamilton MercedesMercedes2.264
3.finland Kimi RaikkonenFerrariFerrari3.652
4.finland Valtteri Bottas
MercedesMercedes8.883
5.australia Daniel Ricciardo Red BullTAG9.500
6.germany Nico HülkenbergRenaultRenault28.220
7.france Esteban OconForce IndiaMercedes29.930
8.spain Fernando AlonsoMcLarenRenault31.115
9.denmark Kevin MagnussenHaasFerrari33.188
10.mexico Sergio PerezForce IndiaMercedes34.708