Hamilton wins report seventh British GP regardless of late puncture


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Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc was third, one other shock for a group struggling for efficiency.

Hamilton’s teammate and closest rival Valtteri Bottas failed to attain after additionally struggling a late puncture and ending 11th, regardless of a one-two end for the pair having appeared a nailed-on certainty till late within the race.

“Up till that final lap all the things was comparatively easy crusing,” mentioned the six instances world champion of a race with two lengthy security automobile durations. “The tyres felt nice.

“I heard that his (Bottas’) tyre went and I used to be simply taking a look at mine and all the things appeared superb. The automobile was nonetheless turning no drawback… These previous couple of laps I began to again off after which simply down the straight it simply deflated.

“That was positively a coronary heart within the mouth type of feeling… I used to be simply praying to get round and never be too sluggish. I almost did not get round the previous couple of corners. Thank God we did.”

The victory was the 87th of Hamilton’s F1 profession – leaving him 4 wanting Ferrari nice Michael Schumacher’s all-time report of 91 – and his third in a row. It was additionally most likely the luckiest.

Verstappen’s race engineer summed it up over the group radio to the Dutch driver: “He is a fortunate boy.”.

Mercedes, chasing a seventh successive title double, have received all 4 races this season.

Australian Daniel Ricciardo was fourth for Renault, forward of future McLaren group mate Lando Norris, whose personal teammate – Carlos Sainz – additionally had a puncture.

Frenchman Esteban Ocon ensured Renault’s double factors end in sixth, with compatriot Pierre Gasly seventh for AlphaTauri and British-based Thai Alexander Albon driving a rollercoaster of a race to eighth place.

Canadian Lance Stroll was ninth for Racing Level, and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel took the ultimate level.

The subsequent spherical, the 70th anniversary grand prix to mark Silverstone’s internet hosting of the primary world championship race in 1950, is on the identical circuit subsequent weekend. However it should battle to match Sunday’s sensation.

Solely 19 of the 20 drivers began, with Racing Level stand-in Nico Hulkenberg failing to make it out of the storage on account of energy unit issues.

The German was changing Mexican Sergio Perez, in quarantine after testing optimistic for the coronavirus earlier within the week.

All of the drivers took half earlier than the beginning in a stance in opposition to racism, with Hamilton one in every of 13 taking a knee as the opposite seven stood behind.

A World Conflict II Spitfire fighter aircraft flew overhead afterwards in a gesture of thanks for Britain’s Nationwide Well being Service.

Reuters

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