Hamilton ends long win drought with thrilling victory in British GP

Lewis Hamilton claimed his first victory in 945 days in a thrilling wet-dry race in Great Britain, setting a new record for most wins in a single event with his ninth victory at Silverstone.

In the early stages of the race, Hamilton held his position behind Mercedes teammate and polesitter George Russell during the opening stages, but the seven-time champion was passed on lap 18 when it started to drizzle.

However, on lap 21, Hamilton and Russell were both overtaken by Lando Norris, who was overtaken by Max Verstappen on the opening lap, with Norris then making a move forward on lap 17.

Norris, Hamilton and Russell all pitted for intermediates on lap 27, with the McLaren opening up a 3.2 second lead over the Mercedes. However, after Russell retired on lap 34, the car switched back to dry tyres.

Hamilton pitted for soft tyres at the end of lap 38, Verstappen switched to hard tyres and Norris continued for another lap before switching to soft tyres.

A final chase ensued between Hamilton, Norris and Verstappen, but the Mercedes driver took a record-breaking ninth victory in the British Grand Prix in his final home race for the Silver Arrows, breaking the record he held jointly with him (Hungary) and Michael Schumacher (France) for most wins in a single race.

Verstappen finished second after overtaking Norris in the closing stages, while Piastri, Carlos Sainz, Nico Hulkenberg, Lance Stroll, Fernando Alonso, Alex Albon and Yuki Tsunoda scored points.

Lights out

At the end of the race, Russell held his position, with Hamilton, Verstappen and Norris following behind. The pole-sitter seemed to be doing fine after breaking Hamilton’s DRS.

The position was held until lap 18, when light drizzle began to fall and Hamilton closed in on Russell, entering Stowe at the end of the lap.

However, entering the next lap at Turn 1 they both went off in the increasingly poor conditions, with Norris, who had overtaken Verstappen, passing Russell.

Piastri also flew at this stage, passing Hamilton on the grass on the Hanger Straight, with the order becoming: Norris-Piastri-Hamilton-Russell-Verstappen.

Verstappen and Sainz came in for inters in the rain on lap 26, while Norris, Hamilton and Russell responded a lap later. Piastri had to continue for another lap and came back in sixth.

After these stops the order was Norris-Hamilton-Verstappen-Russell, but the track dried out quickly. However, Russell had to retire on lap 34 due to a failure in the water pressure system.

Hamilton pitted for soft tyres on lap 39, Verstappen opted for hard tyres and Norris also opted for soft tyres on lap 40.

A thrilling chase ensued between the three, with Verstappen overtaking Norris with four laps to go and 3.5 seconds on the clock to pass Hamilton.

Verstappen was unable to overtake Hamilton. Hamilton took his 104th F1 victory 945 days after the 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, broke the record for most wins in a single Grand Prix, took his 150th Mercedes podium and achieved the 30th victory for a British driver.

Hamilton also became the first driver to win a Grand Prix, after making his 300th start in the 344th start of his career.

Piastri was fourth, ahead of Sainz and the impressive Hulkenberg, who took two consecutive sixth places for Haas.

Aston Martin recorded a double points score with Stroll ahead of Alonso, while Albon and Tsunoda completed the points positions.

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Other finishers

Logan Sargeant was eleventh for Williams, ahead of Kevin Magnussen and Daniel Ricciardo in twelfth and thirteenth.

Valtteri Bottas was 14th, ahead of Charles Leclerc, whose afternoon was ruined when he switched to inters on lap 20. Sergio Perez also suffered from this strategy.

Esteban Ocon finished 16th and Zhou Guanyu finished in 18th place.

Russell was joined in the elimination by Alpine’s Pierre Gasly, who retired on the formation lap with a gearbox problem.

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