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Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton celebrated a record sixth British Grand Prix win on Sunday and stretching his lead over luckless Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas to 39 points. It was Hamilton’s seventh win in 10 races this season and 80th of his career.
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc was third after teammate Sebastian Vettel rammed into the back of Red Bull’s young charger Max Verstappen.
Vettel, who had been third but finished 16th, had to pit for a new front wing and collected a 10sec time penalty for causing the collision. Verstappen ended up fifth and behind his French teammate Pierre Gasly.
“If I’m honest, coming here I didn’t know how many [British GPs] I’d won. I still remember my first win here, my first pole here. Every year is such a challenge. This track is amazing, I can’t put into words just how spectacular this track is to drive. To be amongst the greats that have shined on this circuit, I’m so incredibly proud to be a part of it,” said Hamilton.
“[On his final lap, the fastest of the race] I was going for it. I saved just enough I think to have something left at the end. It was close, but the lap was looking really good. I really wanted that as well. Yesterday, what’s crazy is that second is great, third is great, but first is something unique. When you’re striving for perfection and you don’t reach it, you can still be proud of yourself but I’m hard on myself. I was a little bit frustrated yesterday. I wanted to come here today and do something powerful. I wanted to harness the fans’ energy. I feel like I captivated that energy that they had and used it.”