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Hamilton takes controversial eighth British GP home win

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Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Great Britain – July 18, 2021 Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes celebrates after winning the race REUTERS / Andrew Couldridge

SILVERSTONE, England – Lewis Hamilton won the British Grand Prix from his home for the eighth time on Sunday, extending a record, despite a 10-second penalty for a controversial first-lap collision that caused the rival of Red Bull, Max Verstappen, exited the race.

The Mercedes driver, now just eight points behind Verstappen after 10 races, overtook Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc for the lead with two laps to go as a capacity of 140,000 spectators rose to cheer him on.

Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas was third after obeying team orders to let Hamilton pass and chase Leclerc in a race that was stopped after Verstappen’s crash and then restarted.

The victory was the 99th of the Formula One career of seven-time world champion Hamilton and the fourth of the current campaign.

It was also the worst possible result for Verstappen, who had started in pole position with a 33-point lead and was looking for a fourth win in a row, but ended up empty-handed and in the hospital for review.

“This is a dream for me today, to do it in front of all of you,” Hamilton told the largest crowd to attend a sporting event in Britain since the start of the pandemic. Last year’s race was without spectators.

“I always try to be measured in how I approach, particularly when fighting Max, he is very aggressive. And then today I was completely by his side and he left no room.

“Regardless of whether I agree with the penalty, I take it on the chin and keep working.

“I was like ‘I’m not going to let anything get in the way of enjoying the weekend crowd and the national anthem and the British flag.’

Leclerc also held his head high after missing what would have been Ferrari’s first victory since 2019.

“I didn’t give 100% but I gave 200%. I gave everything but it was not enough in the last two laps, ”said the Monegasque.

“Congratulations to Lewis, he did an amazing job. It’s amazing to see so many fans in the stands. “

No points were awarded for the fastest lap, with Red Bull’s Sergio Perez establishing it, but not securing the necessary top-10 result to trigger the bonus.

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