Lewis Hamilton wins British Grand Prix for a record seventh time

LEWIS HAMILTON survived an almighty late scare to win his seventh British Grand Prix in dramatic style.
Lewis Hamilton,
Lewis Hamilton,

The Brit’s tyres completely gave way on the final lap at Silverstone, and he just about nursed the car home in a heart-stopping finale.

Bottas got off the line better than Hamilton and threatened to take the lead, but the Brit held off his attempt into turn one.

And that seemed to be as close as anyone came all day to denying Hamilton a remarkable seventh win at Silverstone – two more than Jim Clark and Alain Prost.

But then tyre drama struck both Mercedes drivers in the final few laps.

Bottas looked to be cruising to second place before a puncture just three laps from home ruined his afternoon.

Max Verstappen pounced to take second place while Charles Leclerc was third in his Ferrari.

Bottas dropped all the way to 12th place after his puncture just two laps from home in a nightmare finish.

And Hamilton’s tyres gave way, too, on the final lap, but he just had enough of an advantage to hold off Verstappen and win his third race in a row.

Daniel Ricciardo came home fourth in his Renault ahead of McLaren’s Lando Norris and Esteban Ocon in 6th.

Valtteri Bottas (left) got away better off the line than Lewis Hamilton and threatened to take the lead
Valtteri Bottas (left) got away better off the line than Lewis Hamilton and threatened to take the leadCredit: Reuters
Lewis Hamilton held off his team-mate into turn one
Lewis Hamilton held off his team-mate into turn oneCredit: AFP
Kevin Magnussen crashed out in his Haas early on
Kevin Magnussen crashed out in his Haas early onCredit: Reuters
The safety car came out after Magnussen's crash - which is virtually a British Grand Prix tradition
The safety car came out after Magnussen’s crash – which is virtually a British Grand Prix traditionCredit: AFP
Daniil Kvyat lost control of his AlphaTauri in a nasty crash
Daniil Kvyat lost control of his AlphaTauri in a nasty crashCredit: AFP
The Russian driver walked away unscathed - but his car was in pieces
The Russian driver walked away unscathed – but his car was in piecesCredit: AFP

There was heartbreak before the race for late replacement Nico Hulkenburg when his car failed to start.

The German was drafted in at the last minute by Racing Point after Sergio Perez tested positive for Covid-19.

But he failed to start the race and ended up becoming one of few spectators watching the action when there would normally be more than 100,000 fans in attendance.

Lewis Hamilton had a lonely race up front with no challengers on track and no British fans this weekend - until the late drama
Lewis Hamilton had a lonely race up front with no challengers on track and no British fans this weekend – until the late dramaCredit: AP:Associated Press
Max Verstappen finished second with Charles Leclerc third
Max Verstappen finished second with Charles Leclerc thirdCredit: AP:Associated Press
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