Hamilton wins British Grand Prix despite final lap puncture

Ahead of the British Grand Prix there was every indication that unless something untoward happened only Valterri Bottas would come close to challenging Lewis Hamilton for the win and this proved correct.

Hamilton wins British Grand Prix


Hamilton starting from pole position at Silverstone for the seventh time in his career was quick out of the blocks and established a handy lead over his teammate Bottas.


The Silver Arrows were brought back together when the safety car was deployed after Daniil Kyvat lost the backend of his Alpha Tauri and slammed into the wall on lap 13.


When normal service resumed Bottas found some pace to stay with Hamilton, and it looked like they would go on to record another Mercedes one-two.


Bottas set a new fastest lap, but on lap 30 Hamilton would go quicker.


As the race wore on it seemed the only concern for Hamilton would be his tires carrying him to the end, but a mishap for his teammate and world championship rival would allow Hamilton to take it easy in the final laps.


Bottas' tires were the ones to give in first though, forcing him to pit late and drop down to 11th.


His problems also allowed Red Bull's Max Verstappen to nip into the pits and get fresh rubber on which saw the Dutchman claim second place on the podium.


A steady, if unspectacular, race for Charles LeClerc gave Ferrari just their second podium of the year as he claimed third ahead of the Renault of Daniel Ricciardo.

Verstappen happy with second


Hamilton suffered a final lap puncture which left Verstappen to rue his own decision to pit after the Bottas incident.


"It's lucky and unlucky," Verstappen said.
"The tyres didn't look great with ten laps to go, and I was already on the radio. Then Valtteri got a puncture, so I came on the radio and said I'm going to back it out. Then, of course, they boxed me to go for the fastest lap.
"Then, unfortunately, Lewis got a puncture himself. But I'm very happy with second, it's a very good result for us."

Hamilton had his heart in his mouth after puncture



Lewis Hamilton puncture


A relieved Hamilton says he had his heart in his mouth going round the last lap with a puncture.


"Up until that last lap everything was relatively smooth sailing," Hamilton said after the race.


"The tyres looked great. Valtteri was really pushing incredibly hard. I was doing some management of tyre, he looked like he wasn't doing any, so when I heard that his tyre went I was just looking at mine and everything seemed fine.


"The car was still turning no problem, and I was thinking maybe it was ok. So the last few laps I started to back off but then down the straight it just deflated.


"That was definitely heart in the mouth kind of feeling!"
"Just driving to keep the speed off, oh my god, I was just praying to get around and not be too slow. I nearly didn't get around the last few corners.
"Maybe we should have stopped."