Lewis Hamilton wants crunch talks with Mercedes as Christian Horner issue major update – F1 news round-up

Jamie Woodhouse
Lewis Hamilton drives at the British Grand Prix, Silverstone

Home hero Lewis Hamilton drives at the British Grand Prix, Silverstone

Another race is in the books for F1 2023, and unsurprisingly, the British Grand Prix delivered no shortage of key talking points.

Max Verstappen ensured that Red Bull’s F1 2023 dominance continued, taking his eighth win of the campaign, his sixth in a row, making sure that Red Bull equalled the long-standing McLaren record for most consecutive victories with 11.

Additional reporting by Thomas Maher and Sam Cooper

If you thought that was the only major talking point from race day at Silverstone though, think again while be bring you up to speed with it all.

Lewis Hamilton wants ‘serious conversations’ with Mercedes

Hamilton was one of the big gainers from the appearance of the Safety Car at his home race, allowing him to bump McLaren’s Oscar Piastri off the podium, while his soft compound tyres in the final stint had just enough juice left to quell a fightback from the Aussie rookie.

However, while happy to soak in the adulations of the fans from the podium, Hamilton says the recent surge of performance from McLaren, following the initial introduction of their upgrade package in Austria, shows Mercedes have plenty of work to do.

“We have a lot of work to do,” he told Sky Sports F1.

“I think I know exactly what we need to do, and I think we’ve got to have some serious conversations about what are we going to do moving forward.”

Read more: Lewis Hamilton wants ‘serious conversations’ with Mercedes despite Silverstone podium

Christian Horner lands a blow to Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull hopes

After Sergio Perez made it five races in a row without a Q3 appearance, by falling at the first stage of qualifying, it re-ignited speculation that Red Bull could look to their reserve driver Ricciardo to potentially replace the struggling Mexican racer.

Ricciardo does have a three-day tyre test coming up at Silverstone where Red Bull will assess where he is truly at for performance.

But, it seems his idea of a “fairytale” return to Red Bull to complete his F1 career is not on the brink of coming to pass.

“It’s not something that we’re planning, that’s for certain,” Horner told media including PlanetF1.com.

Read more: Christian Horner delivers major update on Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull future

Pierre Gasly pushes Carlos Sainz in heated TV pen exchange

Gasly did not make many friends at Silverstone on Sunday before his retirement, brought about by contact with Lance Stroll in the Aston Martin.

Stroll though was not the only driver to have rather irked the Alpine driver in on-track combat, as it turned out Ferrari’s Sainz had achieved that too.

And Gasly would make said irritation clear when he confronted Sainz in front of the cameras post-race, making it clear to Sainz “don’t push me like that”.

Read more: Angry Pierre Gasly shoves Carlos Sainz in heated Silverstone paddock exchange

Max Verstappen surprises Lewis Hamilton and Lando Norris

It was not exactly a positive surprise, as having watched on as Verstappen claimed a sixth victory in a row, Hamilton and Norris then had to laugh along as Verstappen jokingly reeled off the areas where he hopes to see the all-conquering Red Bull RB19 challenger upgraded.

That included the DRS, which is already a weapon of that RB19 which rivals cannot find an answer for.

There is some legitimate concern though for the likes of Norris and Hamilton, as Verstappen was serious when he said upgrades are coming for the next round in Hungary.

Read more: Max Verstappen surprises Lewis Hamilton and Lando Norris with Red Bull upgrade demands

Lance Stroll and Pierre Gasly to meet in the ‘parking lot’

So, while Gasly was far from pleased with Sainz and made his anger clear in a physical way, it seems that may have been just the warm-up for a scrap with Stroll.

Thankfully, Stroll was of course joking, the suggestion that he and Gasly would settle their differences after their Silverstone crash in the “parking lot” a further implication of a very tough Sunday at Silverstone for Gasly.

Read more: Lance Stroll invites Pierre Gasly to ‘parking lot’ after British Grand Prix collision