In a thrilling race on Sunday at Formula 1 British Grand Prix, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton managed to come out victorious and further extend his lead on F1 standings.
By finishing first, Hamilton also claimed a record sixth career win at the circuit which put him ahead of Briton Jim Clark and France’s Alain Prost who are tied at second with five.
Things didn’t look all that great for Hamilton, who had 141,000 home fans cheering for him. Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas had the pole position ahead of him and managed to hold onto the lead early in the race.
However, after Bottas decided to make a pit stop in order to get new tires, Lewis Hamilton claimed the lead which he would presumably lose after his own pit stop. However, after a safety car got onto the stage following a crash involving Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi, Hamilton made a pit stop and managed to stay on the first spot.
“Silverstone, I love you!” – said Hamilton after the race. “I can’t tell you how proud I am to be here today. I’m forever grateful to all the fans who came. I couldn’t have done it without my team … I’m super proud to be a part of this.”
“To have six and be up there with the greats, I remember growing up watching this sport, watching the greats, meeting the greats and even working with the greats. To now be up there with them is one of the cooler things,” – he added.
With British Grand Prix win and a bonus point for the fastest lap, Hamilton now has 223 points compared to Bottas with 184 on the second place and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen on the third with 136.
In the constructor rankings, Mercedes is comfortably first with 407 points ahead of second-placed Ferrari with 243 and third-placed Red Bull with 191.