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Hamilton wins crazy British Grand Prix

Hamilton wins crazy British Grand Prix Photo: TT
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates after winning the British Formula One Grand Prix at the Silverstone racetrack

Lewis Hamilton has moved 39 points clear in the 2019 Formula One Drivers’ Championship after claiming the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on Sunday.

Hamilton finished ahead of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, after a wise pit-stop following a safety car after Antonio Giovinazzi spun off the track.

“One of the best days I can remember,” Hamilton said.

“I remember my first win here 2008. The feeling I had coming out of Brooklands and seeing the crowd… It was so reminiscent of that today, the happiness and joy I felt was exactly the same, just as amazing as that first win.

“It is great to be part of this team, breaking down walls and records.”

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc finished on the podium in third, while Red Bull’s Pierre Gasly and Max Verstappen came in fourth and fifth.

Verstappen was involved in a controversial move when he and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel collided and spun off the track in a battle for third on lap 37.

Both recovered to finish the race but Vettel was worse off, finishing down in 16th.

“In the end it’s my mistake,” Vettel said. “I also spoke with Max afterwards, but obviously he was a bit faster and closing quite quickly and passed very easily before Turn 15. But then ran a bit wide, so I thought I could sneak back.

“But as I said I thought there was a gap that then turned out to not be there. It’s a misjudgement from my side.”

The next race is the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim due to take place on July 28.

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