Lewis Hamilton Secures First Victory Since 2021 in a Thrilling British Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton Secures First Victory Since 2021 in a Thrilling British Grand Prix

Silverstone, July 9, 2024: Lewis Hamilton clinched a dramatic victory at the British Grand Prix on Sunday, marking his first win since the 2021 season finale. The Mercedes driver successfully fended off a last-minute challenge from Max Verstappen to triumph at Silverstone.

This win is historic for Hamilton, as it makes him the first F1 driver to achieve nine wins at a single track and extends his all-time record to 104 career victories.

Hamilton’s last victory occurred at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in December 2021, the same year he lost the championship to Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.

“You have to keep digging deep even when you’re feeling at the bottom of the barrel. My fans around the world have been so supportive,” Hamilton said.

Hamilton’s victory was particularly poignant as it was his final British Grand Prix with Mercedes before joining Ferrari next year.

“This is my last race with this team, so I wanted to win it for them because I love them and appreciate them so much. I was recovering, and there’s no greater feeling than to be here at the front,” he said.

The seven-time F1 champion crossed the finish line 1.5 seconds ahead of defending champion Verstappen, with Lando Norris finishing third for McLaren, ahead of his teammate Oscar Piastri.

An Emotional Moment

Hamilton expressed his gratitude to his team over the radio and remained emotional several minutes later, struggling to maintain his composure.

Addressing the crowd, Hamilton said, “I’m still crying. There have definitely been days between 2021 and here when I felt I wasn’t good enough.”

A Victory on Home Soil

Expectations for a home win at Silverstone were high, with Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate George Russell on pole position, Hamilton starting second, Norris third, and Verstappen fourth.

Russell’s hopes of a second consecutive F1 win were dashed on lap 34 of 52 due to a suspected water system problem in his car. Shortly after, McLaren’s pit crew botched Norris’s tire change.

Despite overtaking Norris with four laps remaining, Verstappen couldn’t catch Hamilton, much to the delight of the 164,000 fans in attendance.

A Memorable Celebration

Moments after crossing the finish line, Hamilton leaped into the arms of his mechanics and shared a heartfelt hug with his father. He then celebrated with the home fans, proudly waving the British flag as he jumped over the crash barrier.

Additional Highlights

  • George Russell, Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate, started from pole position but retired on lap 34 due to a water system issue.
  • McLaren’s Lando Norris finished third despite a tire change mishap.
  • Carlos Sainz Jr. finished fifth for Ferrari, while Sergio Perez placed 17th for Red Bull.
  • Charles Leclerc, currently third in the championship, finished 14th after starting 11th.

The British Grand Prix was a thrilling and memorable race, with Hamilton achieving a stunning win. Fans eagerly await to see if he can maintain this momentum and secure his 105th career victory this season.

Priyanshi Rao

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