Lewis Hamilton took his eighth British Grand Prix win with a courageous drive in front of a full-capacity crowd at Silverstone.
Hamilton and Max Verstappen collided on the opening lap when fighting for the lead into Copse Corner, with Verstappen hitting the barriers and Hamilton suffering damage to his wheel rim.
The race was red-flagged as a result and Lewis received a 10-second penalty from the stewards when the race restarted 20 minutes later.
Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas finished third, to give Mercedes a double-podium finish to the weekend.
Max Verstappen (185 points) leads the Drivers’ Championship by 8 points from Hamilton (177) and Lando Norris (113), with Bottas (108) moving up to P4.
Red Bull (289 points) lead the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team (285 points) by 4 points in the Constructors’ Championship.
Lewis Hamilton Charges To Home Grand Prix Win
After a skirmish with Max Verstappen to start the 2021 British Grand Prix that resulted in a 10-second penalty for the 7-time champion, Lewis Hamilton charged back to take a stunning win, and reignite his 2021 championship hopes.
Hamilton completed a fine overtake on Charles Leclerc up the inside of Copse with two laps to go, in a repeat of his lap one move on Verstappen, and took the chequered flag in P1.
‘I have been giving my all the past week, working in the factory, just giving it everything to uncover performance in this car with the guys and I am so proud of everyone for continuing to work, even though we had to recover a deficit. Today, as always, I tried to be measured in how I approached the race, particularly battling with Max – he’s very aggressive but I was fully alongside him and he didn’t leave me any space. Regardless of whether I agreed with the penalty, I took it on the chin and I just kept working. I was just like, “I’m not going to let anything get in the way of the crowd’s enjoyment of the weekend, the national anthem and the British flag”. I couldn’t have done it without the great teamwork from Valtteri and the amazing effort from the team so I’m very grateful and just so happy to deliver this result for the team and the fans,’ said Hamilton.
Another Podium For Valtteri Bottas
After losing a spot early, and playing the ultimate teammate role later on, Valtteri Bottas performed the perfect undercut on Lando Norris to score another podium and move up a position in the Driver’s Championship.
‘We have seen a dramatic and exciting race today with Lewis winning the British Grand Prix again and catching Charles at the end – I think that was something for everybody. As for the incident between Lewis and Max, it always takes two to Tango and these two competitors were not giving each other an inch. It’s a high speed corner and that’s why these things are nasty to look at, but there is a clear regulation that is black and white on paper – if the front axle is over the middle of the car on the outside, it is your corner.
‘This is a championship where the greatest driver of all time, a seven-time world champion is fighting with a tool that is maybe not as good as the other car, driven by an up and coming star who is trying to make his mark. And they collided and crashed. We have seen that in days before and with all the great rivalries in history, and this is what happened today. The most important thing is that Max is fine, and the rest of the race was great,’ added Bottas.