The record books will show Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz converted his first Formula 1 pole position into his maiden victory in the 2022 British Grand Prix, but anyone who witnessed it will tell you there was so much more to this race than that.

Here are our conclusions from a Silverstone classic…

Sainz’s first win a reward for someone who never knows when he’s beaten

Whenever drops of rain fall on a Formula 1 race weekend, Sainz’s chances of success rise almost instantly.

Even from his earliest days, his car control – inherited from his World Rally Champion father, no doubt – marked him out as a formidable force in low-grip conditions, and as the heavens opened shortly before qualifying on Saturday there was a sense of opportunity knocking.

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