Lewis Hamilton becomes the most successful driver at the British Grand Prix EVER as he claims sixth superb victory at Silverstone in front of more than 140,000 fans
- Britain’s Lewis Hamilton has won his home grand prix once again, with Mercedes dominating the race
- It’s the sixth time he’s won the British Grand Prix, lifting him above Jim Clark and Alain Prost
- Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas came in second despite starting on pole position and starting well
- Sebastian Vettel piled into the back of Max Verstappen, and was penalised with a 10 second time penalty
Lewis Hamilton won the British Grand Prix for a record sixth time.
The world champion took advantage of a safety car 20 laps into the race to emerge ahead of his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas and extend his world championship lead to 39 points.
The victory – Hamilton’s seventh in 10 races – was celebrated wildly by a partisan crowd of 141,000, a Silverstone high.
Lewis Hamilton celebrated in front of over 140,000 fans at Silverstone after winning his sixth British Grand Prix on Sunday
Hamilton became the most successful driver at the British Grand Prix ever, going ahead of Jim Clark and Alain Prost
Lewis Hamilton does a bit of crowd surfing at Silverstone after a dominant drive at the British Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon
Sebastian Vettel was penalised after hitting the back of Max Verstappen and sending both cars into the gravel trap
BRITISH GRAND PRIX – RESULTS
1 Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) Mercedes 1:21:08.452
2 Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Mercedes 1:21:33.380
3 Charles Leclerc (Mon) Ferrari 1:21:38.569
4 Pierre Gasly (Fra) Red Bull 1:21:43.144
5 Max Verstappen (Ned) Red Bull 1:21:47.910
6 Carlos Sainz (Esp) McLaren 1:22:02.091
7 Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) Renault 1:22:02.853
8 Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Alfa Romeo 1:22:13.992
9 Daniil Kyvat (Rus) Toro Rosso 1:22:15.172
10 Nico Hulkenberg (Ger) Renault) 1:22:21.185
11 Lando Norris (Gbr) McLaren 1:22:22.733
12 Alexander Albon (Tha) Toro Rosso 1:22.24.069
13 Lance Stroll (Can) Racing Point 1:22:29.538
14 George Russell (Gbr) Williams at 1 lap
15 Robert Kubica (Pol) Williams at 1 lap
16 Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Ferrari at 1 lap
17 Serio Perez (Mex) Racing Point at 1 lap
Not classified: Antonio Giovinazzi (Ita) Alfa Romeo (18 laps), Romain Grosjean (Fra) Haas (9 laps), Kevin Magnussen (Den) Haas (6 laps)
Fastest lap: Lewis Hamilton, Lap 52
It lifted Hamilton ahead of Jim Clark and Alain Prost, both of whom won the race on five occasions. He was presented with the old Royal Automobile Club cup on the grey afternoon at the Northamptonshire circuit.
Hamilton set a track record fastest lap on his final lap.
Bottas was second, 24.9 sec behind with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc third.
There was plenty of incident in the race. The biggest moment came on lap 38 after Max Verstappen passed Sebastian Vettel at Stowe. The move was clean. Inexplicably Vettel then drove into the back of the Dutchman coming into Vale.
‘What the f***,’ said Verstappen. ‘What was he doing.’
They both tumbled off track. Vettel was awarded a 10-second penalty for his indiscretion. It raises further doubts over his form and mindset. The mistakes are adding up and he now trails Hamilton by 101 points.
Lewis Hamilton hoists the Union Jack high on the podium after winning the British Grand Prix in front of his home fans
The front of the race was dominated by the Mercedes cards of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, with Ferrari close behind
There was a great battle between Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen which recurred at instances throughout the race
Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen spectacularly went wheel to wheel in the pit lane during the British GP at Silverstone
Lewis Hamilton made a quick stop at the end of the race to pick up the British flag to fly on his victory lap
There was some thrilling racing, especially in the first half of the afternoon. Verstappen and Leclerc close danced again and again. Both raced beautifully.
Clearly Leclerc, who missed out on his maiden win in Austria a fortnight ago when passed by Verstappen, had learned his lesson and was determined to get his elbows out.
Hamilton tried to pass Bottas on track but could not pass the pole man, having started second himself. Both, again, played it hard but fair. They traded places on lap four. Hamilton ducked inside at Brooklands before taking the lead on the outside at Luffield. Bottas, however, had the tighter line and reclaimed the advantage on the drag into Copse.
The standard of fare was a tribute to Silverstone a few days after the deal to save the British Grand Prix until 2024 was struck between the circuit’s owners, the British Racing Drivers’ Club and Formula One’s owners, Liberty Media.
Lando Norris was 11th for McLaren, while his fellow British debutant George Russell was 14th for Williams, a career best.
Vettel was 16th, and a lap down – embarrassing.
Valtteri Bottas started from pole position and got out ahead of team-mate Lewis Hamilton into the first corner of the race
Lewis Hamilton has won the British Grand Prix for the sixth time in his career, coming out ahead of team-mate Valtteri Bottas
Verstappen was involved in more drama later on when Sebastian Vettel piled into the back of him and into the gravel trap
Sebastian Vettel was forced to pit after colliding with Max Verstappen, and was then given a 10 second time penalty