I imagine that Carlos Sainz’s lead would have attracted an audience not so used to watching Formula 1 along with those who follow it religiously. The race, apart from the happy ending (it had been 9 years since Fernando Alonso’s last victory), gave us the excitement and surprise that this sport can often offer, starting with the shocking accident at the first corner, when Guanyu Zhou went flying over the barriers and skidded upside down before landing at the fencing. Alfa Romeo driver Zhou suffered no major injuries in the horrifying crash on the opening lap. The strength of the Halo saved him, but the anguish of the scene is still shocking. The brutality and science of Formula 1 in just a few seconds.
The race was immediately red-flagged. And bad news for Sainz, who had lost the lead at the start. Max Verstappen then took the lead and a race full of emotions unfolded, which saw Sainz regain the lead, fall back, regain, fall back and finally regain pole position. All of this occurred within the usual carousel of incidents, breakdowns and tyre changes.
Sainz capitalises on pole position
The final laps were thrilling, with Sainz surging ahead of a pack in which Sergio Pérez, Lewis Hamilton, Chalres Leclerc and Fernando Alonso were all vying for the other two podium places. We dreamed that the Asturian, who gained two places at the start and had a great race, would do it, but it didn’t happen. Instead, we got the best reward: victory for Carlos Sainz, a dynasty driver, at Silverstone and with Ferrari. A victory of double prestige in a race that contained all the emotions possible in Formula 1, including the miraculous sight of Zhou appearing so fresh after his near-death experience.