Lewis Hamilton claimed a record-breaking sixth win at the British Grand Prix.
Race win, fastest lap…
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“Can’t tell you how proud I am to be here today,” Hamilton said.
“I’m forever grateful to all the fans who came. I couldn’t have done it without my team, I’m super proud to be a part of this.”
A Mercedes win never looked in doubt as Red Bull locked horns with Ferrari for the majority of the race, giving us some brilliant racing in the process.
It wasn’t all plain sailing for the Silver Arrows though.
Bottas who held onto the lead from pole on the opening lap, found himself under pressure from Hamilton early on.
Hamilton made a pass for the lead on lap four. The Brit pulled a switch back on his teammate into Turn 6, and completing the overtake around outside of Turn 7.
However, Bottas managed to get back ahead of Hamilton into Copse, and held the lead until the safety car was deployed for Antonio Giovinazzi.
The Alfa Romeo driver found himself in the gravel, subsequently allowing Hamilton to take the lead and hold it to the flag after a ‘free’ pit stop.
“I stopped first and was controlling the gap,” Bottas explained.
“Unfortunately, Lewis got a free stop. Not my day but the pace was good and I was quickest on track. I’ll keep fighting.”
Following the Mercedes battle, we were treated to some great action between Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.
Red Bull versus Ferrari
Verstappen pressured Leclerc for several laps, but the Monegasque driver pulled out some stunning defensive manoeuvers to keep the place.
However, while Max and Charles dueled, the other Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel closed up, with the German attempting a pass on Verstappen.
Unfortunately for Vettel, he couldn’t pass the Red Bull. In fact, he’d fall behind the second Red Bull of Pierre Gasly, who caught him napping into Turn 3 for fifth place.
Red Bull then opted to pit Gasly for the hard tyre to go the end. This prompted Vettel back into fifth but with the German still to make his stop.
Vettel Gets it Wrong
Leclerc and Verstappen soon followed with both fitting the medium tyre in a bid to cover the Gasly’s Red Bull.
Both cars were nose to tail in the pit-lane, with Red Bull winning the battle of the pit crews, promoting Verstappen into third place.
However the Dutchman’s position didn’t last as a mistake out of Turn 4 subsequently allowed Leclerc back ahead of the Red Bull.
Bottas then pitted from the lead on lap 16, while Hamilton and Vettel stayed out. Both would benefit from a perfectly timed safety car when Giovinazzi wound up in the gravel.
Hamilton pitted from the lead and emerged in front, while Vettel came back out in third. Soon, Vettel found himself under pressure from Verstappen, who had been let go by Gasly.
Verstappen swooped around the outside of Vettel at Stowe.
But as they approached Club, Vettel locked up and hit the rear of Verstappen’s Red Bull, sending them both into the gravel.
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Vettel came off worse and had to pit for a new front wing. Later on, the stewards handed him a ten second time penalty for the incident.
“It was my mistake,” admitted Vettel, and would apologise to Verstappen after the race in Parc Ferme.
“He passed me into Stowe, he then ran a bit wide which gave me the chance to come back.”
“Then I thought it looked for a second like he was going to the right and there would be a gap on the left, which I was going for, but it didn’t open and by that point it was already too late, I was too close so I crashed.”
Verstappen continued on to take fifth place, behind teammate Gasly in fourth, who fell victim to Leclerc after the safety car.
Leclerc: “It’s probably the race I enjoyed the most in my F1 career. Very happy to finish third and for the battle on track.”
Sainz Shines Once Again
As per usual it was an intensely close midfield battle which saw McLaren come out on top. Carlos Sainz Jr. recovered from a poor qualifying to cross the line in sixth place, a result which comes on the back of Sainz’s spectacular comeback in Austria.
The Spaniard also gained massively from the safety car. Elsewhere, teammate Lando Norris was locked in battle with Daniel Ricciardo’s Renault, with the latter coming out on top.
Ricciardo applied the pressure to Sainz Jr. towards the end of the Grand Prix, but couldn’t find his way past the Spaniard.
Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat came home in ninth place, while Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg passed Alexander Albon on the final lap to round out the top ten.