Spaniard Carlos Sainz takes his first F1 victory at the British Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton showers Carlos Sainz with champagne / Reuters

The Spanish driver took his first victory in a chaotic race at Silverstone, while Lewis Hamilton finished third and Fernando Alonso fifth.

Carlos Sainz became just the second Spaniard to win a Formula 1 Grand Prix, reaching the top step of the podium at the British Grand Prix in a chaotic race at the Silverstone circuit on Sunday.

Sergio Pérez took second place and Lewis Hamilton came third, while Fernando Alonso settled for fifth.

Sainz, who took pole position in Saturday’s qualifying session, was quickly passed by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen before the race was red-flagged following a nasty three-car crash in the first turn.

The Ferrri rider did a better job of holding onto his position on the second restart, keeping Verstappen at bay as he defended the first corners.

A stroke of luck

After the first series of pit stops, the Red Bull driver passed the Spaniard as he ran wide, before damage to the car and a loss of pace a few laps later meant the Dutchman was no longer in line for victory.

Sainz then agreed to switch places with team-mate Charles Leclerc so the Monegasque could try and battle against Hamilton, who was in the lead, despite not pitting.

However, luck was on the Spaniard’s side as a yellow flag meant he could make another pit stop without wasting too much time, but Leclerc was ordered to stay out by the team.

This then gave Sainz the tire advantage for the final ten laps. Despite questioning and defying team orders during the safety car restart, the Spaniard overtook his team-mate to regain the lead and ultimately take his first win after 150 race appearances.

Although the battle for the two remaining podium places between Pérez, Hamilton and Leclerc did not end in his favor, Fernando Alonso still finished in fifth place, his best result of the season.