F1 Winners and Losers from the British GP

The 2024 British GP produced action from start to finish and no shortage of winners and losers

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Lewis Hamilton emerged victorious in one of the most memorable races in recent Formula 1 history, which begs the question… who were the 2024 British GP winners and losers?

There was the adrenaline rush of six overtakes in the top five within the space of a few laps, the edge-of-your-seat chase in the final laps, the roar as Hamilton crossed the line and the tears that followed and the heartbreak of watching Lando Norris come to terms with the realisation that a chance of a lifetime had slipped away.

It’s been a remarkable week and weekend at Silverstone, and likewise this British GP Winners and Losers edition is a bit of a bumper edition, though there’s still time for a couple of honourable mentions.

Kevin Magnussen‘s Haas future looks more and more like it has less than six months left, and he didn’t do much to change that at Silverstone, while Yuki Tsunoda has almost provided two-thirds of RB‘s points in the first half of the season.

And it was satisfying to see Martin Brundle‘s face instant karma for his snobbish rejection of the Science, Innovation and Technology Minister with Brian May twice pieing an interview on the grid.

British GP Winners and Losers 2024

Check out the winners and losers from the 2024 British Grand Prix as Silverstone once again produced another legendary Formula 1 spectacle.

Winner: Lewis Hamilton

It was 945 days. 56 races. 17 years and one month since his first race win. Nine British GP victories – more than any driver at a single event, and 104 grand prix victories in total – more than any other driver, period.

None of the numbers said as much to the magnitude of this moment as Sir Lewis Hamilton‘s tears. We’d seen almost all manner of Hamilton emotions at Silverstone – elation, surprise, measure, anger, disappointment – but he’s never welled up until now.

It just meant that much, and Hamilton earned it too. He got a lucky break with Norris‘ botched pitstop but would’ve taken the lead without that two-second delay and Mercedes making the correct strategic decision is good work, not good luck.

He managed his soft tyres much more delicately than his younger rival too, and Verstappen never really looked like challenging Hamilton in the final laps.

Loser: George Russell

Hopefully it won’t be forgotten that amongst all the euphoria of Hamilton‘s win, George Russell was the first man to congratulate the history-maker – darting to his car almost as soon as the W15 had parked up.

It was an understated gesture from Russell who must’ve been devastated to retire from his own challenge for glory and showed he’s more than ready for the mantle of team leader once Hamilton departs.

It’s that DNF disappointment that means we can’t ignore Russell in the losers though.

Winner: Nico Hulkenberg

One of F1’s more underrated rainmasters is aging like a fine wine. Four years after Nico Hulkenberg returned to finish seventh at Silverstone as a last-minute substitute for Lance Stroll, the 36-year-old went one better with a controlled performance to finish ahead of a shortlist including both Aston Martins, both RBs, a Red Bull and a Ferrari.

He finished 35 seconds ahead of Magnussen and truly looked in a different league, never under pressure from the higher-quality machinery behind.

Loser: Alpine

Alpine animated the Austrian GP and finished with a haul to show with it – indeed Silverstone was their first pointless weekend since Imola.

Esteban Ocon believed his Q1 was brought to a premature end but those protests fell on deaf ears and qualifying proved to be the high point of their local race weekend as at least both drivers made it onto a live track.

Pierre Gasly was forced to abandon the formation lap with a gearbox issue and the Ocon‘s gamble on soft tyres backfired and Haas almost doubled their lead in the constructors’ championship to boot thanks to Hulkenberg‘s heroics.

Winner: Kimi Antonelli

Kimi Antonelli scorches to victory in the F2 sprint race at Silverstone | Prema Racing

So THAT’S what the Kimi Antonelli hype was about. The imagery is impossible to ignore – Hamilton‘s heir apparent at Mercedes producing the most dominant performance at Silverstone since the man himself gave arguably his finest hour in 2008.

Antonelli was quite simply masterful in the soaking conditions and made every other driver look like they’d started the sprint race in an F3 car by mistake, building a nine-second margin of victory in 15 laps after an early safety car intervention.

It’s just one sprint and the Italian didn’t even finish the main event, but it underlines to a wider audience what avid viewers of the lower categories have known from Antonenlli‘s first race in a single-seater: there haven’t been many talents like him in F2 history.

And just fourth months after his first F2 appearance, the 17-year-old’s F1 debut already appears imminent with the FIA changing their super licence rules to allow under-18s to compete at the top level and James Vowles indicating Williams are evaluating a mid-season driver change in Sargeant‘s seat.

Loser: Sergio Perez

As terrible as it was, there’s a genuine possibility that the British GP is one of Perez‘s better races in the last six weeks.

The four other options and two of them were his back-to-back DNFs after Q1 exits in Monaco and Canada, plus spending his Austrian afternoon staring at Nico Hulkenberg‘s gearbox and finishing 17 seconds behind his teammate despite the all the fallout from Verstappen‘s crash with Norris.

Perez‘s initial mistake in Q1 was poor, his attempt to rescue the situation was just poorer and his pleas for to the track marshalls to push out of the gravel were both amateurish and desperate.

His race never got going against the backmarkers before an ill-advised switch to intermediate tyres saw Perez lapped before the halfway mark, and unable to add to his paltry 11-point tally since arriving in Monaco.

Winner: Oliver Bearman

Remember that Oliver Bearman‘s 2025 contract with Haas was announced at the British GP? It already feels like it’s been a fact for months, but yes it really was just a few days ago that his 12-year dream came true.

Bearman was also by far the most impressive ‘rookie’ in FP1 and when he makes his full debut he’ll already have thousands of miles and dozens of hours in an F1 car behind him. Deficiency in that area is part of what’s done for Sargeant‘s Williams career but Ferrari and Haas have done everything to make sure Bearman won’t face the same challenges.

His F2 weekend didn’t live up to the hype, but that’s par for the course at this stage. Will it change? We don’t know. Does it even matter? Ditto.

Gene Haas and Oliver Bearman | Haas F1 Team
Gene Haas and Oliver Bearman | Haas F1 Team
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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