Lewis Hamilton survived a scare to win the British Grand Prix at the Silverstone circuit in a crazy fashion today.
It was another record-breaking win for the Brit who won his seventh British GP in an unbelievable race.
Hamilton had his tyre punctured in the final lap but managed to hold on to beat Red Bull’s Max Verstappen into second place.
Two other drivers had their tyres punctured towards the end of the race. Mercedes’s Valtteri Bottas who was second during the race going into the last two laps and McLaren’s Carlos Sainz who was fourth all had tyres issues hence finishing 12th and 13th respectively in the end.
Winner Hamilton admitted his heart nearly stopped after his tyre punctured.
“I’ve definitely never experienced anything like that on the last lap and my heart probably nearly stopped.
“Just driving it, trying to keep the speed up, because sometimes it will take off and brake the wings. I was just praying to try and get it round and not be too slow.
“I nearly didn’t get round the last two corners but thank God we did.
“Up until that last lap, everything was relatively smooth sailing. The tyres felt great.”
Verstappen who finished second and set the fastest lap at a time of 1:27.097 on lap 52 which is also a lap record described his finish as lucky and unlucky.
“It’s lucky and unlucky, at one point the tyres didn’t look great with 10 laps to go and I was on the radio to the team saying ‘the right front doesn’t look too pretty.
“Then of course Valtteri got a puncture, then of course they boxed me to go for the fastest lap and then Lewis got a puncture himself, but I’m very happy with second. It’s a very good result for us again.”
Ferrari got their second podium finish of the season when Charles Leclerc finished third. He admitted that he was lucky to have made the podium.
“It was a very tricky race,” the 22-year-old said.
“As soon as I heard that Valtteri had a tyre problem, then I slowed down quite a lot, then I think Carlos had it [tyre blow-out] a lap later and then Lewis a lap later.
“On that, we have been lucky but apart from that, looking at us, I think we have done the best of what we could have done today. I am very happy how I managed my tyres from beginning to end, very happy with the balance of the car.
“The performance of the car is not where we want it to be, but today we took every opportunity and I am very happy about today.”
Another remarkable finish for Hamilton who has now won six of the last seven Silverstone GP. Only in 2018 did he fail to win losing to Sebastian Vettel.
The 35-year-old is now 30 points ahead of teammate Valtteri Bottas as he chases a record-equaling seventh Formula One title.
F1 resumes between August 7-9 at the same location but termed the 70th anniversary. The Silverstone Circuit will be celebrating its 70th anniversary of hosting F1 races since 1950.
Records broken by Lewis Hamilton today:
Beats Ayrton Senna’s record for most races led from start-to-finish (20)
Beats Alain Prost’s record for most wins at a driver’s home Grand Prix (7)
First F1 driver to win a Grand Prix on three wheels
F1 2020 Top 5 Drivers’ Leaderboard
1. Lewis Hamilton – 88 points
2. Valtteri Bottas – 58 points
3. Max Verstappen – 52 points
4. Lando Norris – 36 points
5. Charles Leclerc – 33 points
Constructors’ Top 5 Championship Leaderboard
- Mercedes – 146
- Red Bull – 78
- McLaren – 51
- Ferrari – 43
- Racing Point – 42