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F1: 5 times drivers were assisted by luck to win a Grand Prix in 2018

  • The 2018 season was surely decorated by some thrilling wins. But not every race had a winner who, it seemed, was always certain to triumph.
Dev Tyagi
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Modified 05 Nov 2018, 22:53 IST

Sebastian Vettel at Silverstone - British Grand Prix

F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain, where Vettel didn
F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain, where Vettel didn't really stand a chance to win, did he?

The 2018 British Grand Prix was won by Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari. Surely, it was a great win, both for the German as well as for his Italian stable.

But having said that, it might offer a bit of a debate to fans if one were to ask whether Vettel's win was always in the offing.

Having said that, what changed the complexion of the race was what happened right at the start inside maybe five seconds of the start of the race.

At Turn 2, Raikkonen, who started third faltered and erroneously contacted the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton.

As a result, Raikkonen's move on Hamilton, a clear racing incident, though caused by Kimi saw Hamilton spin off the track and drop down to the bottom of the grid.

What happened from that instance would be a race marked by a tremendous improvement demonstrated by Lewis Hamilton, who drove a heroic drive to finish second.

A P2 for Lewis especially at the end of what happened to him in the opening lap was a sentimental victory and a mark of a champion. But at all this time where Hamilton played catch up to his arch-rival Vettel, the German benefitted having inherited the race lead from Lewis, caught up in the skirmish triggered by Raikkonen.

This, therefore, leaves us to question- didn't Vettel get lucky in eloping with a win?


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Published 05 Nov 2018, 22:53 IST
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