Finnish drivers claim 2nd and 8th at British Grand Prix

Valtteri Bottas started in pole position but couldn't keep team mate Lewis Hamilton from surging to victory on his home track.

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Finnish F1 driver Valtteri Bottas claimed pole position ahead of the British Grand Prix, July 14th 2019 / Credit: Valtteri Bottas Twitter

Finnish drivers have claimed second and eighth places at the British Grand Prix today.

Valtteri Bottas took the chequered flag some 24 seconds behind winner and team mate Lewis Hamilton, who claimed his sixth overall win on the Silverstone track.

In a race filled with drama – and a crash between two of the leading drivers Sebastian Vettel  and Max Verstappen – Bottas managed to stay out of danger, and although he started the race in pole position, couldn’t hang on to his lead. It was the 10th career pole position start for the Finnish driver.

“I don’t know what to say, congrats to Lewis, he got a free stop and got past me there” Bottas told reporters after the race.

“Not really my day but the pace was good. There are positives for yesterday in qualifying as I was quickest on track. I’ll keep fighting this season, it’s not over yet” he said.

The other Finn at the Grand Prix was veteran champion Kimi Räikkönen who finished more than a minute behind Hamilton.