Hamilton takes controversial eighth home British GP win


Method One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 18, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates after profitable the race REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge

SILVERSTONE, England -Lewis Hamilton gained his house British Grand Prix for a record-extending eighth time on Sunday regardless of a 10-second penalty for a controversial first lap collision that despatched Crimson Bull rival Max Verstappen crashing out of the race.

The Mercedes driver, now solely eight factors behind Verstappen after 10 races, handed Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc for the lead with two laps to go as a capability 140,000 crowd rose to cheer him.

Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas was third after obeying workforce orders to let Hamilton by and chase Leclerc in a race halted after Verstappen’s crash after which re-started.

The win was the 99th of seven-times world champion Hamilton’s Method One profession and fourth of the present marketing campaign.

It was additionally the worst attainable end result for Verstappen, who had began on pole place with a 33 level lead and looking for a fourth win in a row however who ended up empty-handed and in hospital for checks.

“It is a dream for me right now, to do it in entrance of you all,” Hamilton informed the largest crowd to attend a sporting occasion in Britain because the begin of the pandemic. Final 12 months’s race was held with out spectators.

“I all the time attempt to be measured in how I strategy, notably with battling with Max, he’s very aggressive. After which right now I used to be absolutely alongside him and he didn’t go away area.

“No matter whether or not I agree with the penalty, I take it on the chin and I simply stored working.

“I used to be like ‘I’m not going to let something get in the best way of the gang’s enjoyment of the weekend and the nationwide anthem and the British flag’.”

Leclerc additionally stored his head up after lacking out on what would have been Ferrari’s first win since 2019.

“I gave not 100% however I gave 200%. I gave all of me however it was simply not sufficient within the final two laps,” mentioned the Monegasque.

“Congratulations to Lewis, he did an unimaginable job. It’s superb to see so many followers within the grandstand.”

There was no level awarded for quickest lap, with Crimson Bull’s Mexican Sergio Perez setting it however failing to safe the required prime 10 end to set off the bonus.

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