All the changes in the 2021 F1 championship following an eventful British Grand Prix

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2021 Formula 1 British Grand Prix
2021 Formula 1 British Grand Prix
Michael Regan

• Lewis Hamilton closed the points gap to Max Verstappen to just eight.

• Red Bull Racing walked away with zero points in the race.

• Charles Leclerc finished the British Grand Prix in second place for Ferrari.

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There's been a bit of movement in the 2021 championship following the British Grand Prix. The race itself had plenty of actions and talking points, of course, led by the opening-lap tangle between race-winner Lewis Hamilton and his title rival, Max Verstappen. While Verstappen walked away with zero points, Hamilton bagged the full 25 to come within striking distance of the Red Bull driver. (Verstappen scored one point for winning the sprint race.)

On a sunny British afternoon, Hamilton was hit with a 10-second penalty for his part in Verstappen crashing out, but recovered well to win the race ultimately. Once the results had been confirmed, Hamilton ended the race weekend on 177 points for the season so far, just eight behind Verstappen. McLaren's Lando Norris continued his run as the only driver in 2021 to score points in every race this season. With his fourth-place finish, Norris now finds himself on 113 points, leapfrogging Hamilton's Mercedes team mate, Valtteri Bottas, and Verstappen's team mate, Sergio Perez, for third place in the standings in the process.

Charles Leclerc looked on course to give Ferrari their first win of the 2021 season, but Hamilton, with his stellar drive, prevented that from happening. Though second place is a far better finishing position than the team had probably hoped for, Leclerc can be proud of his performance. He now has 80 championship points but remains sixth in the championship.

Team standings

Mercedes made the points of the misfortune that befell title rivals Red Bull Racing this past weekend. Perez retired from the sprint race and started the race from the pitlane. He eventually finished down in 16th place. And with Verstappen crashing out of the race, the team walked away with zero points from a potential-filled weekend. As a result, Hamilton's win and Bottas' third-place finish, along with the three points scored in the sprint race (Hamilton two for finishing second and Bottas one for finishing in third), the points gap is a mere four between the defending champions and Red Bull Racing.

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McLaren had a strong weekend as both Norris and Daniel Ricciardo scored good points for the team. With their fourth- and fifth-place finishes, they increased their points advantage over Ferrari in the Constructors' championship. After a disastrous sprint race, Sainz came home in sixth for Ferrari and could add a fair amount of points to Ferrari's bid of finishing the season ahead of McLaren.

Williams and Haas remain the only teams to have yet score a point in 2021.

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