Lewis Hamilton wins British GP; Montreal’s Lance Stroll 9th


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“Up until that last lap everything was relatively smooth sailing,” said the six times world champion of a race with two long safety car periods. “The tires felt great.

“I heard that his (Bottas’s) tire went and I was just looking at mine and everything seemed fine. The car was still turning no problem… Those last few laps I started to back off and then just down the straight it just deflated.

“That was definitely a heart in the mouth kind of feeling…I was just praying to get around and not be too slow. I nearly didn’t get around the last few corners. Thank God we did.”

The victory was the 87th of Hamilton’s F1 career — leaving him four short of Ferrari great Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of 91 — and his third in a row. It was also probably the luckiest.

Verstappen’s race engineer summed it up over the team radio to the Dutch driver: “He’s a lucky boy..”

Mercedes, chasing a seventh successive title double, have won all four races this season.

Australian Daniel Ricciardo was fourth for Renault, ahead of future McLaren team mate Lando Norris, whose own team mate – Carlos Sainz – also had a puncture.

Frenchman Esteban Ocon ensured Renault’s double points finish in sixth, with compatriot Pierre Gasly seventh for AlphaTauri and British-based Thai Alexander Albon riding a rollercoaster of a race to eighth place.

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 02: Lance Stroll of Canada driving the (18) Racing Point RP20 Mercedes on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone on August 02, 2020 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Ben Stansall/Pool via Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 775530818
Montrealer Lance Stroll driving the (18) Racing Point RP20 Mercedes on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone on August 02, 2020 in Northampton, England. Pool/2020 Pool

Montrealer Lance Stroll was ninth for Racing Point, and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel took the final point.

Nicholas Latifi, Stroll’s fellow Montrealer, finished 15th.

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