Sainz earns 1st career win during dominant weekend at Silverstone

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Ferrari's Carlos Sainz entered Sunday's British Grand Prix with pole position and wound up holding on in a dramatic race for his first career win.

Sainz's Ferrari teammate Charles Leclerc led at times, including during a 39th-lap yellow flag caused by Esteban Ocon. When the race resumed a couple of laps later, Sainz, on fresher tires with the benefit of a pit stop, passed Leclerc and held on to win in his 150th F1 race. Leclerc ended the day in fourth.

Red Bull's Sergio Perez finished second, while seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton rounded out the podium on his home circuit in the Mercedes.

The final laps featured multiple dramatic overtakes between Hamilton, Perez, and Leclerc.

It's the first time a Ferrari has won at iconic Silverstone since Sebastian Vettel's victory in 2018. It's also the first time in four years that Hamilton hasn't won and his worst result in Britain since a fourth-place finish in 2013.

Championship leader Max Verstappen dealt with issues all race, settling for seventh after sustaining damage to the floor of his Red Bull early. Haas' Mick Schumacher battled Verstappen through the final corner, crossing the finish line eighth to earn his first points in Formula 1.

Verstappen now has 181 points, a 34-point lead over Perez in second place. Leclerc is still in third with 138 points, though he holds a narrow 11-point gap over Sainz.

The race was red-flagged during the first lap following a crash that resulted in Alfa Romeo rookie Zhou Guanyu flipping upside down and leaping over the barrier. The incident also forced Mercedes' George Russell and Williams' Alex Albon to retire.

Following the race, Zhou walked around in the paddock.

Sunday also saw the end of Russell's streak of finishing fifth or better in every race in a Mercedes since joining the team at the beginning of the season.

Former champ and Alpine driver Fernando Alonso finished fifth. McLaren's Lando Norris, another British racer on his home circuit, crossed the line sixth.

Vettel, now with Aston Martin, battled back from an awful qualifying session, finishing in ninth despite an 18th-place start.

Kevin Magnussen rounded out the points in 10th, giving Haas its first double points finish of the year.

The F1 schedule continues next weekend with the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg.

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