FIrst, Lewis Hamilton took care of Max Verstappen, then he took care of business, winning the Formula 1 British Grand Prix at Silverstone on Sunday.
Hamilton started the race in second position after he finished runner-up in the sport’s first Sprint Qualifying race to Verstappen on Saturday. On race day, when it counted most, Hamilton made an early run at Verstappen and the two made contact on the first lap. The contact sent Verstappen off the track, into a tire barrier and out of the race.
The incident brought out a red flag, and stewards handed Hamilton a 10-second penalty following their investigation—and a good bit of lobbying from team principals Christian Horner of Red Bull and Toto Wolff of Mercedes.
Verstappen wasn’t the only driver to suffer heartbreak at Silverstone, as Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc came out of the first-lap melee leading the race. Leclerc went on to lead the first 49 laps before Hamilton made up a 10-second gap over the final 12 laps to win going away.
The final margin of victory was 3.871 seconds.
The win was Hamilton’s first win in six races and eighth career triumph at Silverstone.
Hamilton came into the race trailing Verstappen by 33 points and left Silverstone facing a much more manageable 8-point gap.
Leclerc finished second and Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas completed the podium. McLaren’s Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo rounded out the top five.
After spending 49 laps trying to overcome a 10-second penalty, Hamilton finally took car of business on Lap 50 of the 52-lap British Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton was as far down as fifth place after serving a 10-second penalty in the pits on Sunday.
Charles Leclerc races with Lewis Hamilton charging in the rear view mirror.
Charles Leclerc led 49 of 52 laps at Silverstone on Sunday en route to a second-place finish.
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen works to hold off Lewis Hamilton at the start of the F1 British Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton, left, and Max Verstappen go side by side down the opening straight at Silverstone at the start on Sunday.
Charles Leclerc of Ferrari leads the cars out of the pits following the red-flag period caused by the Hamilton-Verstappen contact.
Race winner Lewis Hamilton salutes the capacity crowd of 140,000 after his win at Silverstone on Sunday.
Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas finished third on a big points day for the team.
Lewis Hamilton is the life of the party on the victory stand after winning at Silverstone.
Lewis Hamilton has a blast on the victory stand with the trophy at Silverstone after his improbable F1 triumph.
Lewis Hamilton returns to the pits with career F1 win No. 99 in his back pocket and the British flag in hand.
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