Red Bull picked up a podium as Max Verstappen finished second at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Having started fourth, the reigning champion was involved in a scrap for positions throughout but a late run saw him take second and very nearly prize the victory from Lewis Hamilton, though he ultimately ran out of time to catch the Mercedes.

Second was nevertheless enough for Verstappen to extend his lead in the Driver’s Championship, with the Red Bull team remaining ahead of the chasing pack after the visit to Silverstone.

It was a difficult afternoon again for Verstappen’s team-mate Sergio Perez, however, who finished 17th after starting from the pit-lane following a crash in qualifying on Saturday.

Verstappen remains top of the Driver’s Championship at the halfway mark of the 24-race F1 season, with the Dutchman having 255 points after winning 7 of the first 12 races of 2024. He holds an 84 point lead on Lando Norris.

Perez, meanwhile, dropped a place in the standings after this race. The Mexican now sits 6th after losing a place to Oscar Piastri. He has 118 points, sitting six behind Piastri and seven ahead of George Russell.

As for the Constructor’s standings, Red Bull remain as leaders of the pack. With half of the season gone, the Milton Keynes-based team have 373 points, which sees them sit 71 points ahead of Ferrari in second and 78 ahead of third place McLaren.

Wet qualifying had seen both Red Bulls sustain damage. Verstappen could manage a best of 4th after suffering damage from a clip of the wall in Q1, while Perez had beached his car in the same session after running wide.

In the race, Verstappen began looking to challenge the three British drivers of Russell, Hamilton and Norris ahead, while Perez started from the pit-lane after Red Bull opted to make set-up changes.

On the opening lap, Verstappen was able to get past Norris and settled in behind the two Mercedes. But in greasy conditions, the two McLarens behind Verstappen were able to sustain tyre performance for longer, and both Norris & Piastri then overtook the Dutchman on their way to later passing both Mercedes and taking the lead.

When the rain intensified, Verstappen was among the first to change to wet weather intermediate tyres, which allowed him to jump ahead of the later-stopping Russell and Piastri.

In the final stages, Verstappen then managed to get out in third when the conditions allowed a switch back to dry tyres, and on a new set of hard tyres, he had faster performance.

This allowed Verstappen to get past Norris, but although he got within two seconds of Hamilton at the end, he was unable to mount an overtake as Mercedes driver Hamilton picked up his first race win since 2021.

On the other side of the garage, Perez endured a miserable afternoon. The Mexican had been one of four cars to pit during an early small cell of rain to try inter tyres but quickly complained it was too soon, which meant a further stop when the rain intensified.

His day got little better, as the slow performance of the first pair of inter tyres left him down on the rest of the field, and he would end up only leading home Zhou Guanyu in the Sauber, in a result that does little to ease building pressure on his position after a week of rumours he may be dropped by Red Bull for 2025 despite signing a new contract.