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Lewis Hamilton wins record sixth British Grand Prix

16 July 2019 - Autoblog

Lewis Hamilton wins record sixth British Grand Prix

A perfectly timed safety car helped Hamilton extend his championship lead to 39 points

Formula One championship leader Lewis Hamilton won a record sixth British Grand Prix on Sunday after jumping ahead of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas by taking advantage of the safety car being deployed.

In front of his home fans, Hamilton made the decisive move to the front in the 20th of the 52 laps by pitting to get new tires. With the safety car still out after Antonio Giovinazzi spun off in his Alfa Romeo, Hamilton rejoined ahead of pole-sitter Bottas.

"The safety car came out and it was perfect timing," Hamilton said.

Hamilton had initially attacked Bottas on the fourth lap, overtaking but failing to keep position.

"It was maybe not my luckiest day," Bottas said after falling 39 points behind Hamilton in the championship standings. "But that's life."

After finally moving into the lead, Hamilton avoided pitting again so stayed on hard tires while Bottas was on fresher soft ones but the world champion still set a lap record on the final lap.

By beating Bottas by almost 25 seconds, Hamilton extended his championship lead over the Finn to 39 points and moved ahead of Jim Clark and Alain Prost to take the record for British GP victories.

"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)."

Charles Leclerc of Ferrari completed the podium after a crash in the fight for third saw Sebastian Vettel crash into the back of Max Verstappen on lap 38.

"It was my mistake," Vettel said. "He passed me and he ran a bit wide which gave me the chance to come back.

"I looked for a second he was going for the right and there would be a gap on the left ... but it didn't open and by that time it was already too late."

Too late for Vettel to avoid crashing his Ferrari into the back of Verstappen, damaging the floor and diffuser of the Red Bull.

"He apologized," Verstappen said.

Vettel finished 15th and now trails Hamilton by 100 points in fourth place.

FORMULA 1 ROLEX BRITISH GRAND PRIX 2019 - RACE RESULT

12-14 Jul 2019 Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone

144Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES521:21:08.45226
277Valtteri BottasMERCEDES52+24.928s18
316Charles LeclercFERRARI52+30.117s15
410Pierre GaslyRED BULL RACING HONDA52+34.692s12
533Max VerstappenRED BULL RACING HONDA52+39.458s10
655Carlos SainzMCLAREN RENAULT52+53.639s8
73Daniel RicciardoRENAULT52+54.401s6
87Kimi RäikkönenALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI52+65.540s4
926Daniil KvyatSCUDERIA TORO ROSSO HONDA52+66.720s2
1027Nico HulkenbergRENAULT52+72.733s1
114Lando NorrisMCLAREN RENAULT52+74.281s0
1223Alexander AlbonSCUDERIA TORO ROSSO HONDA52+75.617s0
1318Lance StrollRACING POINT BWT MERCEDES52+81.086s0
1463George RussellWILLIAMS MERCEDES51+1 lap0
1588Robert KubicaWILLIAMS MERCEDES51+1 lap0
165Sebastian VettelFERRARI51+1 lap0
1711Sergio PerezRACING POINT BWT MERCEDES51+1 lap0
NC99Antonio GiovinazziALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI18DNF0
NC8Romain GrosjeanHAAS FERRARI9DNF0
NC20Kevin MagnussenHAAS FERRARI6DNF0

* Provisional results

2019 Driver Standings

1Lewis HamiltonGBRMERCEDES223
2Valtteri BottasFINMERCEDES184
3Max VerstappenNEDRED BULL RACING HONDA136
4Sebastian VettelGERFERRARI123
5Charles LeclercMONFERRARI120
6Pierre GaslyFRARED BULL RACING HONDA55
7Carlos SainzESPMCLAREN RENAULT38
8Kimi RäikkönenFINALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI25
9Lando NorrisGBRMCLAREN RENAULT22
10Daniel RicciardoAUSRENAULT22
11Nico HulkenbergGERRENAULT17
12Kevin MagnussenDENHAAS FERRARI14
13Sergio PerezMEXRACING POINT BWT MERCEDES13
14Daniil KvyatRUSSCUDERIA TORO ROSSO HONDA12
15Alexander AlbonTHASCUDERIA TORO ROSSO HONDA7
16Lance StrollCANRACING POINT BWT MERCEDES6
17Romain GrosjeanFRAHAAS FERRARI2
18Antonio GiovinazziITAALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI1
19George RussellGBRWILLIAMS MERCEDES0
20Robert KubicaPOLWILLIAMS MERCEDES0

2019 Constructor Standings

1MERCEDES407
2FERRARI243
3RED BULL RACING HONDA191
4MCLAREN RENAULT60
5RENAULT39
6ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI26
7RACING POINT BWT MERCEDES19
8SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO HONDA19
9HAAS FERRARI16
10WILLIAMS MERCEDES0

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