Lewis Hamilton wins his seventh British Grand Prix at Silverstone

Ross Houston
August 2, 2020

"That was definitely a heart-in-mouth kind of feeling", Hamilton said. "It was just Lewis' style to get out at the end and that was extraordinary", says Wolff in conversation with Channel 4.

'The auto was still turning, and the last laps I started to back off and then the tyre deflated.

Despite the late drama, Hamilton said that he remained really calm as Bonnington kept him updated on the gap behind, allowing him to focus on dragging the auto home. "They (Mercedes) were of course in the race too quick ... then of course Valtteri got a puncture".

Valtteri Bottas had looked set to take second spot, but suffered a puncture with two laps to go, dropping to 11th position.

"But tomorrow is race day and I hope we can carry the momentum forward and we can bring the race to a happy ending like we did in qualifying".

Up until those closing laps, the race barely came to life bar for two heavy smashes involving Haas' Kevin Magnussen and AlphaTauri's Daniil Kvyat.

At the flag a relieved Hamilton even had to check with his team whether he had in fact pulled off the feat of steering the vehicle home with only three functioning tyres, asking his team: "Was that the last lap?" before receiving the reply: "That's it!" Charles Leclerc finished third for Ferrari.

Hamilton led Bottas and Verstappen but the safety vehicle was out again on Lap 13 when Daniil Kvyat suffered a huge crash at Maggots, due to what looked like a right-rear tyre failure. Doubling the damage was that his tire failed early on Lap 50, forcing him to undertake nearly an entire lap on three wheels.

"Bono [his race engineer, Peter Bonnington] was giving me the information and the gap - I think it was 30s at one stage and it was coming down quite quickly".

"The auto seemed to turn ok through Maggots and Becketts, thankfully". "The potential, the performance of the vehicle is not where we want it to be, but today we took every opportunity". Could Verstappen have won that had he not pitted in an effort to get the fastest lap?! Red Bull's Max Verstappen was third in somewhat cooler conditions at Silverstone following Friday's stifling heat, with Racing Point's Lance Stroll in fourth.

It resulted in the front-left of Albon's vehicle catching the right-rear of Magnussen, sending the Dane braking hard across the gravel, into a barrier and out of the race on the first lap for the first time since the 2017 Brazilian Grand Prix.

Albon battled away in the midfield until Lap 31, when he made a second stop for the medium tire - which he used to great effect, passing six cars and gaining three more places from the misfortune of others to score four points.

It was another frustrating session for his Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel, who managed only the 14th-fastest time and again had to come into the garage for repairs after a problem with the car's pedals on Friday.

Nico Hulkenberg was ninth driving for Racing Point as a last-minute replacement for Sergio Perez, who is in quarantine after testing positive for the coronavirus following a trip back to Mexico in between races because his mother had an accident.

Like Austria, Britain is hosting back-to-back races at Silverstone.

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