Formula 1

Hamilton wins Silverstone thriller

Credit: Mercedes-Benz archive

Lewis Hamilton has won a thrilling British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

The Briton won his home Grand Prix by 24 seconds but the gap to Valterri Bottas in second doesn’t show the true picture of the race.

Bottas retained the lead from pole and he and Hamilton and ha strong battle for the lead. Hamilton took Bottas for the lead on lap 4 at Luffield only for Bottas to get straight back past at Stowe.

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The positions remained the same until a safety car was despatched on lap 20.

Hamilton was able to pit under the safety car, propelling him ahead of his teammate who had stopped earlier.

He had put the hard tyre on and was able to run until the end of the race and although Bottas retained second, he had to make a second stop for the soft compound to comply with the rules.

Charles Leclerc crossed the line in third after a long battle against Max Verstappen. The pair fought each other extremely hard, passing each other numerous times.

Leclerc had fallen behind Verstappen but got third after Verstappen and Sebastian Vettel collided on lap 37.

Verstappen had passed Vettel for third going into Stowe but Vettel went into the back of him going into the next braking zone.

Vettel damaged his front wing and received a 10 second penalty as a result.

Pierre Gasly took fourth in his Red Bull, beating his teammate Verstappen for the first time this season.

Carlos Sainz Jr put in another impressive recovery drive finishing sixth behind Verstappen and ahead of Daniel Ricciardo in seventh.

Kimi Raikkonen took eighth in his Alfa Romeo with Daniil Kvyat and Nico Hulkenberg rounding out the top ten.

Lando Norris finished just outside the points in 11th. He was running in seventh for a lot of the race but the safety car ruined his strategy.

Alex Albon was 12th ahead of Lance Stroll and and George Russell.

Sebastian Vettel ended finishing 14th while Robert Kubica and Sergio Perez were the last two cars to finish in 15th and 16th.

Both Haas’ retired early on in the race after colliding into each other coming on to the Wellington Straight.

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