Hamilton beats Verstappen to win record-breaking 9th British Grand Prix victory

Lewis Hamilton won the British Grand Prix with a mighty and historic drive in immensely tricky wet and dry conditions at Silverstone to end finally his two-and-a-half-year win drought

The Mercedes driver beat the Red Bull of Max Verstappen into second and the McLaren of Lando Norris into third in a gripping and thrilling encounter. McLaren’s Oscar Piastri was fourth and Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz in fifth.

In a remarkable race, Hamilton delivered a superb performance as he and Mercedes gave a masterclass of driving and tactics. What it meant to the 39-year-old was clear as he was reduced to tears in the cockpit on his in-lap.

The victory finally ends the longest winless streak of Hamilton’s career, stretching back 56 races to the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in December 2021, lasting more than two years across 945 days. The win is the 104th of Hamilton’s career in his 344th grand prix, with the 39-year-old becoming the first driver to claim a victory after passing the 300th-race milestone.

The win at Silverstone is also another record as he becomes the first driver to achieve nine victories at a meeting, an extraordinary achievement.

At the post- race interview, Hamilton told the crowd ‘Since 2021, every day I’m getting up and fighting to train to put my mind to the task and work as hard as I can with this amazing team.

‘This is my last race here at the British Grand Prix with this team. I wanted to win this so much for them because I love them and appreciate them so much.

‘All the hard work they put in over these years. I’m forever grateful to everyone at Mercedes and all our partners.

‘And to all our incredible fans. I could see you lap by lap. There’s no greater feeling to finish at the front here”.

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