Silverstone: The six times Formula One world champion Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton on Sunday (August 2, 2020) won his record seventh British Grand Prix after one of the most dramatic finishes of his career.
Hamilton and his teammate Valtteri Bottas, both witnessed the tyre drama as Bottas’ tyre deflated in Lap 50, resulting in dropping from the second position to an eleventh-place finish for him.
On the other hand, Hamilton suffered the same issue in the penultimate lap of the race but somehow managed to win the race 5 seconds ahead of Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen.
The Silverstone finish was Hamilton’s first win by crossing the line with a puncture.
Hamilton who raced at an average speed of 237.6 km/h gained 25 points and finished with a time of 1:28:01.
In the post-race summary, Hamilton said, “Down the straight, the tyre deflated and that was a heart in the mouth moment. I was just praying to get it round. I was really chilled at the end. Bono was giving me the info (about Max). I’ve definitely never experienced something like that on the last lap.”
The British racer then took to Twitter and expressed that the last lap almost had him.
He also wrote, “We still got this Trophy. I can’t express how grateful I am to all the fans, and to my incredible team. To think this is the 7th home win is just insane. Thanks for the positive energy everyone, we did this together.”
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc shared the podium with Hamilton and Verstappen.