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Lewis Hamilton won the British Grand Prix for the sixth time in history and he did it by recording the fastest lap of the day to earn an extra point on the track for 32 laps.
Set on hard tyres, his time of 1m 27.369s was a tenth faster than teammate Valtteri Bottas’ soft-shod attempt.
Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff has praised the feat as “absurd.”
“There’s a funny context to that because since we have these new regulations with points for fastest lap, the engineers are showing on the Sunday morning briefing that it makes no point to go for fastest lap, there’s too much risk,” said Mercedes team principal Wolff.
“And you can see the drivers and they’re like ‘yeah whatever’… This led to a totally absurd situation because on paper, a 32 [lap] old hard should never be good enough for fastest lap but they’re just able to pull it out.”