Lewis Hamilton won the record sixth British Grand Prix and increased the lead in the standings over his rivals.
Nothing new in the world of Formula 1, as Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes, continued their domination in this campaign. The Brit was confident at Silverstone, posting his 7th victory of the season and 80th in career.
His teammate Valtteri Bottas finished second, despite having the pole-position, and Charles Leclerc from Ferrari reached the last place on the podium.
Sebastian Vettel had another disappointing race, and the German driver finished 16th after a lot of troubles he experienced throughout the race.
Race win, fastest lap…
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We have to say that Hamilton had a certain dose of luck and that he reached the first position after a safety car appeared on the track. Up until then, he and Bottas were fighting for the top spot, but the Finnish driver managed to create some gap and then to head for the pit-stop. Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi had an incident after which safety car had to come out, which helped Hamilton.
The reigning champ immediately headed for the pit stop, changed his tires, and came back as the leader. Hamilton never looked back after that, showcasing why is he the most dominant driver in the Formula 1 right now.
Following the race, Lewis was more than thrilled to become the record-holder at his home circuit.
“I can’t tell you how proud I am to be here today in front of my home crowd,” the champ told his countryman, and the former champion himself Jenson Button. “There’s so many British flags out there, and every year I see it, and you think you get used to it, but it feels like the first time, and I’m forever grateful to everyone out here I hope you enjoyed the day.”
"I can't tell you how proud I am to be here today"
Lewis Hamilton reacts to winning at home for the 6th time
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Hamilton also won the additional point for the fastest lap which he drove in the last lap of the race, setting the new track record.
Bottas was second, but the real hero of the day and the guy who was in the center of attention is Charles Leclerc. Ferrari’s driver displayed enormous composure and stayed strong despite several problems he had during the event. He was third until Giovinazzi’s crash, but after that slipped down to the sixth place. Still, Vettel’s and Verstappen’s incident brought him back to place no.3, where he finished despite the attacks from Red Bull’s drivers.
He was voted to be the driver of the day.
“It’s probably the race I enjoyed the most in my F1 career. It’s great to finish third, but today was very difficult,” said Leclerc, adding that he realized his potential after the last race which he also finished third. “I think the last race was an eye-opener for me showing me how far we can go…”
Sebastian Vettel is still struggling. The four-time champion frustrated his fans once again. He didn’t have a proper tempo, and his vehicle was looking a bit deflated. He and Verstappen had a huge battle for the third position, and once the young Dutchman passed Vettel, Ferrari’s star smashed into his rear end.
The German hit the breaks too late, while Verstappen slowed down a bit earlier than expected and the collision was inevitable. Red Bull’s vehicle continued the race, while Vettel had to enter the pit-stop and fell down in the classification. Additionally, he was penalized 10 seconds for that incident.
He apologized to Verstappen after the race, admitting that the blame for the incident is entirely his.
“I think in the moment obviously I was upset, I destroyed my race, but in the end, it’s my mistake. I thought there was a gap that would open, but it didn’t, and by then it was too late, and I couldn’t avoid it.”
Hamilton now has 223 points, 39 more than Bottas who is second. Verstappen is ahead of Vettel, with 136 points, while the German has 123, just three more than the teammate, Leclerc.
Mercedes is convincingly leading the construction championship with 407 points, Ferrari has 243, while Red Bull sits third with 191 points.
The next race is the German Grand Prix, on July 28th at
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