Max Verstappen had a shaky start at the British Grand Prix as he was overtaken by Lando Norris, much to the delight of the home fans. This allowed Oscar Piastri to get closer to Verstappen as well. Norris led the race for the first four laps and successfully resisted Verstappen‘s early attempts to reclaim the lead. However, Verstappen eventually managed to make his move on lap 5, overtaking Norris at Brooklands.
Verstappen attributed his slow start to excessive wheel spin, which made the race anything but straightforward. He focused on avoiding any further incidents in the opening corners and worked his way back up to Norris. Verstappen admitted that it took a few laps to catch up to Norris and cool down his tires once he reclaimed the lead, as Norris made a strong comeback with the assistance of DRS.
When Norris was in front, Verstappen prioritized staying out of trouble in Turns 3 and 4. He also engaged in a brief battle with Piastri into Copse, where he had to remain on the outside. Fortunately, everything worked out for Verstappen in the end.
Verstappen likened the lack of grip at the start to his recent drifting experience during pre-event marketing activities. Despite the less-than-ideal start, Verstappen found the race more exciting and had to push harder to maintain his position.
Red Bull principal Christian Horner acknowledged that historically, the second-place grid slot has offered an advantage at the Silverstone circuit. However, both he and the team remained calm in the opening laps, which ultimately helped Verstappen recover from his poor start. Horner expressed his desire for Verstappen to understand what went wrong and find ways to improve. He acknowledged that the situation wasn’t ideal but was relieved when Verstappen successfully navigated Copse. From there, it was a matter of settling into a rhythm and staying within the DRS range.