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Silverstone – England: Lewis Hamilton achieved his seventh record victory in the British Grand Prix in his country in the Formula 1 World Championships for cars, despite his team Mercedes suffering from a hole in the tire on the last lap today, Sunday.
Thanks to an exciting end to the race that he controlled after starting from the lead, the British driver strengthened its lead to the world championship by 30 points, although the tire almost came out of the car.
“I have never encountered anything like this on the last lap,” Hamilton said after looking at the damaged front tire.
That last lap almost had me 😅 We still got this 🏆🏁 I really wish I could have celebrated with all of you. I can’t…
Red Bull driver Max Verstappen finished second, and would have won the race if he did not stop to change the tire, in an attempt to get an extra point for the fastest lap, after he thought the victory would be out of reach.
Ferrari driver Charles Locklear came third in another surprise, as the team struggled to show its form.
Valtteri Potas, a Mercedes colleague and Mercedes nearest competitor in the World Championship for Drivers, failed to get any points after he had a hole in the tire near the end and finished 11th, although they were expected to get the first two positions until late in the race.
“Before going to the last lap, everything was going smoothly,” said world champion Hamilton six times. The tires were great. ”
He continued: “I knew that the (Potash) tire had a problem and I looked at my tire and it looked good and the car was running fast without suffering … Toward the end the problem started to happen.”
The British driver continued: “I was very afraid… I was praying that I would continue and not be slow. I did not enter the last curves strongly and thank God that we have succeeded. ”
With that, Hamilton raised his score to 87 wins in Formula 1, and he is only four wins behind the record number of Ferrari legend Michael Schumacher, perhaps the most fortunate victory.
“He’s a lucky guy,” Verstappen’s car engineer summarized the matter.
The Mercedes team has won all four races this season and is looking forward to winning the drivers ‘and manufacturers’ titles for the seventh consecutive season.
Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo came in fourth, ahead of his future teammate, Lando Norris, a McLaren driver, whose colleague Carlos Sainz also had a hole.
The French driver, Esteban Okon, ranked sixth in the ranks of Renault, while his compatriot Pierre Gasley, the driver of Alpha Tauri, was ranked seventh, and the Thai, Alexander Albun, finished eighth.
Canadian Lance Stroll driver Racing Point went ninth, while Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel finished tenth.
The next race will also be held at Silverstone and it will be called the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix race, to celebrate the first world championship race there in 1950.
Today the 19th race started out of 20 drivers, as Nico Holkenberg, who was supposed to be partnering with Racing Point, failed to start the race because of a power unit problem.
German Holkenberg was to take part in favor of Mexican Sergio Perez, who is serving a quarantine period, after he was recently infected with the Coruna virus.
Before the race, all drivers took part in a stand-up against racism, and Hamilton was among the 13 drivers to get on their knees.