Albon inherited the lead at the pit stops and held onto it with merit.
The British feature race started just like the Austrian had: polesitter Russell led the field away after the rolling start, having timed to perfection the moment he pushed the throttle down. Markelov overtook Maini, and five laps later the Indian re-passed his rival in the first DRS zone. The Trident driver quickly caught Norris and took advantage of a slight error by the Briton, who put a wheel on the grass at turn 2, to overtake him at turn 3.
Most drivers pitted on lap 6, including the top three. Russell had a slightly slow stop which cost him the net lead of the race to Albon. One lap later Norris pitted and he stalled, dropping to last. Maini also came out as a loser amongst the pitters, dropping down the order. Both ART drivers were later penalised by 5 seconds for speeding in the pit lane.
Makino and Boschung continued, being the only two drivers to have started on the hard tyre compound. Deletraz put Fuoco under pressure but the Italian then pulled away just a little, leaving his team mate to defend from Camara, Ghiotto, de Vries and Markelov.
Fukuzumi caused a VSC period when he stopped on the Hangar straight with car issues. Aitken was caught infringing the rules and was handed another 5s penalty.
On lap 17 Camara passed Deletraz on the outside of Vale. On lap 21 Norris was passing Gelael on the outside of Brooklands, but despite being given enough room the Prema driver collided with the Carlin driver and spun out of the race. Norris luckily continued, and another VSC was briefly called. This one caught out Nissany and Makino who were duly handed 5s penalties.
On lap 22, two laps after Makino, Boschung pitted, putting Albon back in the lead of the race. Two laps later, Camara’s car started smoking, and he stopped trackside with small flames visible in the back of the car. While this happened, Maini was attacking his team mate on the outside of Brookalnds, but Ferrucci ran him off track and was later handed a 5s penalty for this.
As Russell had fifteen seconds of margin over Fuoco, the top three were almost safe of their positions. Ghiotto had passed Deletraz when Camara pulled aside, and now was defending from the Swiss driver, who criticised the Italian’s defensive tactics. On the last lap, Deletraz managed to overtake the Campos on the inside of Stowe.
Albon won having kept Russell at distance throughout the race; the Briton was unlucky to lose the lead in the pits but eventually earned two extra points for fastest lap and increased his lead over the much unluckier Norris. Fuoco took another podium and Günther was eventually awarded reverse pole for tomorrow.
|1||Alexander Albon||DAMS||29 laps||25|
|2||George Russell||ART||+9.783||18 + 4 + 2|
|6||Artem Markelov||Russian Time||+27.107||8|
|7||Nyck de Vries||Prema||+28.034||6|
|9||Ralph Boschung||MP Motorsport||+37.227||2|
|11||Roberto Merhi||MP Motorsport||+39.971|
|12||Tadasuke Makino||Russian Time||+40.131|
|Ret||Sergio Sette Camara||Carlin||+6 laps|
|Ret||Sean Gelael||Prema||+9 laps|
|Ret||Nirei Fukuzumi||Arden||+16 laps|
Fastest lap points
|1||George Russell||United Kingdom||156|
|2||Lando Norris||United Kingdom||123|
|6||Sergio Sette Camara||Brazil||86|
|7||Nyck de Vries||Netherlands||81|
|10||Jack Aitken||United Kingdom||49|
|18||Santino Ferrucci||United States||7|
|8||MP Motorsport||United Kingdom||47|