Lewis Hamilton clung on to clinch a seventh British Grand Prix victory ahead of Max Verstappen after suffering a last lap tyre failure.
Hamilton dominated from lights out and had built up a lead of over five seconds to Mercedes teammate, Valtteri Bottas who suffered a front left tyre failure at Village on lap 50.
Hamilton however managed to maintain his hard tyres until upon entry to Luffield on the final lap, when his front left failed to leave the Brit crawling to the flag whilst fending off Verstappen for the win after holding a lead of over 30 seconds when his tyre failed.
Speaking of his win post-race despite suffering a last lap tyre failure, Hamilton was breathless saying; ““Oh my god I’ve definitely never experienced anything like that on the last lap and my heart nearly stopped. that’s how cool it was because my heart nearly stopped.”
Charles Leclerc rounded out the podium, just ahead of Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris, who both benefitted from Carlos Sainz’s tyre also failing.
George Russell was the only Brit to fail to score points, bringing his Williams car home in 12th position.
In terms of the drivers’ standings, Hamilton extended his championship lead over Bottas to 30 points, as Max Verstappen moved to within six points of the Finnish driver but remains third in the championship.Embed from Getty Images
Hamilton made a sluggish start but managed to retain his lead from Bottas as Verstappen fought Leclerc through the opening corners to eventually secure third, which he went on to hold until the closing stages.
Sainz and Ricciardo made great starts from fourth row to demote Norris and Lance Stroll from fifth and sixth respectively, with all four drivers finding themselves in a tough opening stint battle.
Alex Albon who begun in 12th position made a poor start and as he looked to recover his starting position at Club, he clipped the right rear of Haas’ Kevin Magnussen to send the latter slamming into the barrier and trigger the first of two safety car periods.Embed from Getty Images
Racing resumed on lap six with everyone effectively holding station until Daniil Kvyat’s right rear tyre failed on entry to Maggots on lap 13, sending him spinning into the barrier at high speed to bring out the safety car.
Everyone bar Romain Grosjean opted to pit with the Frenchman climbing to fifth, which he held until lap 22 after Sainz passed him into Stowe, having initially been blocked at the same corner a lap earlier.
Norris soon followed through with a late move up the inside of Stowe just two laps later, whilst Ricciardo struggled to pass Grosjean until he got the inside line of Brooklands as Grosjean attempted a late braking block to no avail.Embed from Getty Images
Up front, Hamilton comfortably led Bottas with the gap quickly widening in the five laps from lap 45 onwards until Bottas’ front left failed on entry to Village on lap 50 to leave him crawling back to the pits.
Verstappen took full advantage to make a free pit stop and set the fastest lap of a 1m 27.097, which ultimately cost him a shot at the win after Hamilton’s front left suddenly failed into Luffield to leave him crawling to the flag on three wheels for a seventh home win.
Sainz meanwhile suffered his failure on lap 51 which saw him slide down to a 13th placed finish, as Leclerc clung onto third from Ricciardo and Norris.
Ocon finished sixth ahead of Pierre Gasly, Albon, Stroll and Vettel who denied Bottas the final point by just 0.310 seconds.
|2||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||52||+ 5.856|
|3||Charles Leclerc||Ferrari||52||+ 18.474|
|4||Daniel Ricciardo||Renault||52||+ 19.650|
|5||Lando Norris||McLaren||52||+ 22.277|
|6||Esteban Ocon||Renault||52||+ 26.937|
|7||Pierre Gasly||Alpha Tauri||52||+ 31.188|
|8||Alex Albon||Red Bull||52||+ 32.670|
|9||Lance Stroll||Racing Point||52||+ 37.311|
|10||Sebastian Vettel||Ferrari||52||+ 41.857|
|11||Valtteri Bottas||Mercedes||52||+ 42.167|
|12||George Russell||Williams||52||+ 52.004|
|13||Carlos Sainz||McLaren||52||+ 53.370|
|14||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo||52||+ 54.205|
|15||Nicholas Latifi||Williams||52||+ 54.549|
|16||Romain Grosjean||Haas||52||+ 55.050|
|17||Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo||51||+ 1 Lap|
|18||Daniil Kvyat||Alpha Tauri||12||Puncture|
|DNS||Nico Hulkenberg||Racing Point||0||Power Unit|