F1 2024 British GP – Fastest Lap

Carlos Sainz took British GP fastest lap at the last possible opportunity with a time of 1:28.293

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Carlos Sainz snatched the fastest lap at the 2024 British GP at the final opportunity as an all-time classic at Silverstone produced drama in the battle for the win and the fight for the extra point.

The British GP fastest lap pinballed between Max Verstappen and Oscar Piastri in the closing stages, but Sainz produced a stunning performance on his final circumnavigation of Silverstone to secure the point to complement his fifth-place finish.

He did it in style too, with his time of 1:28.293 shattering Verstappen and Piastri‘s best efforts by five and seven-tenths respectively.

It’s his first fastest lap point since the 2022 French GP, though compatriot Fernando Alonso has claimed that prize on two occasions in the 2024 season including last time out at the Red Bull Ring.

Sainz also claimed fastest lap at the 2022 Canadian GP but ironically it was Lewis Hamilton who scored it at the British GP that season, when the Spaniard took his maiden F1 victory.

It wasn’t quite a mirror-image at Silverstone this time around with Hamilton taking a record-extending 104th grand prix victory and a historic ninth at the same race, but still broke a 56-race, 945-day barren run.

Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc during practice for the 2024 Spanish GP | Scuderia Ferrari Press Office
Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc during practice for the 2024 Spanish GP | Scuderia Ferrari Press Office

British GP fastest lap strikes blow in Ferrari battle

Sainz showed flashes of pace fast enough to challenge the Mercedes, McLarens and Verstappen but ultimately never looked like making an overtake on the top five.

However, he did pick up one position when George Russell was forced to retire with a suspected water system error.

And Sainz was always the lead Ferrari as Charles Leclerc was held behind Lance Stroll for much of the opening stint and switched to intermediate tyres prematurely in the rain-affected race.

Adam Dickinson
Adam Dickinson
An international multi-award-winning journalist, Adam Dickinson has written for Total-Motorsport.com since June 2022 and also contributes to TNT Sports, Eurosport and the Rugby Paper. He's also had articles published in the Daily Telegraph and several local newspapers, previously worked for Last-Lap.co.uk and FeederSeries.net in motorsport, and graduated with a First-Class Journalism Degree from the University of Sheffield having also studied in Oklahoma. Adam started watching F1 by accident in 2007, catching the last race in Indianapolis, and attended his first race as a journalist at the 2023 British Grand Prix.
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