July 21, 2024
Motorsports

Hamilton fends off Verstappen’s late challenge to claim thrilling victory at F1 British Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton emerged victorious in a thrilling British Grand Prix, fending off a late charge from Max Verstappen to secure his first win since the 2021 season.

Hamilton’s triumph marked a record-breaking ninth win on any track in Formula 1 history, bringing his total wins to an unprecedented 104. The last time he tasted victory was at the Saudi Arabian GP in December 2021, where he narrowly missed out on the championship to Verstappen.

The seven-time F1 champion finished 1.5 seconds ahead of Verstappen, with Lando Norris of McLaren securing third place, followed by teammate Oscar Piastri.

Emotions ran high for Hamilton as he tearfully thanked his team over the radio and struggled to compose himself in front of the crowd. “There’s definitely been days between 2021 and here when I didn’t feel I was good enough,” he shared.

The race at Silverstone held high expectations for a home victory, with George Russell of Mercedes starting on pole position alongside Hamilton, and Norris and Verstappen following closely behind.

Russell’s hopes were dashed by a suspected water system issue on Lap 34, while McLaren faced challenges with Norris’ tire change a few laps later.

Verstappen made a late surge to overtake Norris, but fell short of catching Hamilton, much to the delight of the 164,000 spectators in attendance.

As Hamilton celebrated his win, he expressed his gratitude to the fans, saying, “There’s just no greater feeling than seeing you lap by lap.”

The start of the race saw Russell and Hamilton maintain their positions, while Verstappen successfully passed Norris.

Rainfall during the race added an extra challenge, making the track slippery at 5.9 kilometers in length.

After Hamilton took the lead from Russell on the wet track, Norris capitalized on a mistake by Russell to claim second place.

Key tire changes midway through the race saw Norris leading Hamilton by over three seconds, with Verstappen falling behind.

Subsequent tire changes in the final laps proved decisive, with McLaren facing delays in Norris’ tire change, ultimately costing him the chance at victory.

Hamilton’s win marked the sixth different winner in the season so far, compared to just three winners in the previous 22 races.

In the final standings, Carlos Sainz Jr. of Ferrari finished fifth, followed by Nico Hulkenberg of Haas, Lance Stroll of Aston Martin, Fernando Alonso of Aston Martin, Alex Albon of Williams, and Yuki Tsunoda of RB in the top 10.

Sergio Perez offered apologies to Red Bull after qualifying in 19th place and starting from the pit lane due to multiple part changes, finishing 17th in the race.

Charles Leclerc of Ferrari, who started 11th, ended up in 14th place.

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FAQ

1. Who won the British Grand Prix?

Lewis Hamilton emerged victorious in a thrilling race at Silverstone, holding off Max Verstappen’s late challenge.

Conclusion

Lewis Hamilton’s win at the British Grand Prix showcased his talent and determination, breaking records and captivating fans with an electrifying performance on the track.

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