By Ayebare Mariam
Lewis Hamilton won the British Grand Prix for a record sixth time. The world champion took advantage of a safety car 20 laps into the race to emerge ahead of his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas and extend his world championship lead to 39 points.
The victory – Hamilton’s seventh in 10 races – was celebrated wildly by a partisan crowd of 141,000, a Silverstone high.
It lifted Hamilton ahead of Jim Clark and Alain Prost, both of whom won the race on five occasions. He was presented with the old Royal Automobile Club cup on a grey afternoon at the Northamptonshire circuit.
Hamilton set a track record fastest lap on his final lap.
Bottas was second, 24.9 sec behind with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc third.
There was plenty of incident in the race. The biggest moment came on lap 38 after Max Verstappen passed Sebastian Vettel at Stowe. The move was clean. Inexplicably Vettel then drove into the back of the Dutchman coming into Vale.
‘What the f***,’ said Verstappen. ‘What was he doing.’
They both tumbled off track. Vettel was awarded a 10-second penalty for his indiscretion. It raises further doubts over his form and mindset. The mistakes are adding up and he now trails Hamilton by 101 points.