Lewis Hamilton claimed a thrilling victory at Silverstone on Sunday
What a race… A record sixth #BritishGP win for Hamilton, action throughout… and that Verstappen / Vettel clash.
— Formula 1 (@F1) July 14, 2019
Lewis Hamilton got ahead of team mate Valtteri Bottas thanks to a mid-race Safety Car period triggered by Antonio Giovinazzi. Bottas resisted a had already pitted to cover off the threat from the cars behind him but Hamilton, running longer, was able to save time by pitting during the Safety Car period and came out ahead of his team mate.
“It was maybe not my luckiest day,” Bottas said after falling 39 points behind Hamilton in the championship standings. “But that’s life.”
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc claimed an impressive third place after an intense, wheel-to-wheel battle with Max Verstappen throughout the race.
Max Verstappen brought his damaged Red Bull home in fifth place after being hit from behind by Sebastian Vettel approaching Vale. The Ferrari driver had been trying to get down the inside but found his way blocked by Verstappen. Vettel was given a 10-second time penalty but finished outside the points anyway.
The midfield battle was also shaped by the mid-race Safety Car. Carlos Sainz Jnr benefited and claimed sixth place but his team mate Lando Norris, who pitted earlier, was unhappy with his strategy and dropped to 12th.
Daniel Ricciardo, Kimi Raikkonen and the Toro Rosso pair of Daniil Kvyat and Alexander Albon claimed the final points places. Nico Hulkenberg, 11th, was knocked wide by Sergio Perez after the restart, the Racing Point driver damaging his car’s front wing.
The Haas drivers made contact on the first lap of the race and had to pit for fresh tyres, dropping them to the back of the field.
“I love you Silverstone,” Hamilton said over the team radio in the week when the track’s future for the race was secured until at least 2024.
It was an 80th career win for Hamilton, of which seven have come in the 10 races this season.
“Today was one of the best days I can remember having,” Hamilton said. “I have done so many races you would think I would get used to it or the feeling would numb down but it feels as amazing as the first win (at Silverstone in 2008).”
Victory moves Hamilton 39 points clear of Bottas at the top of the driver standings after also securing the bonus point for fastest lap.