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British Grand Prix: Hamilton overcomes crash and time penalty to claim famous win

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Lewis Hamilton fought back from a 10-second penalty for a crash with title rival Max Verstappen to pass Ferrari's Charles Leclerc and claim a dramatic British Grand Prix victory.

Hamilton was blamed for a collision with Verstappen's Red Bull at Copse corner on the first lap of the race, which led to the Dutchman crashing out.

Verstappen, 23, was taken to hospital for precautionary tests after the accident while Hamilton set about trying to win the race.

The Grand Prix was stopped after the incident with Leclerc in the lead from Hamilton and the Ferrari driver held that position until two laps from the end, when the Mercedes driver passed him, ironically, at the same corner at which he had crashed with Verstappen.

The controversial win, in front of a crowd of 140,0000, was Hamilton's eighth in the British Grand Prix and cuts Verstappen's championship lead to eight points after a race that will go down in the annals of F1 history.

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What happened in the crash?

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The moment many had considered to be inevitable at some point in this titanic battle between Verstappen and Hamilton happened after an intense scrap between the title rivals on the first lap.

Hamilton, starting second on the grid after Verstappen's victory in F1's maiden 'sprint' race on Saturday, got away better and was alongside the Red Bull driver into the first corner, but Verstappen held him off.

Hamilton nosed ahead into the Brooklands corner at the end of the Wellington straight, but was again held off.

Heading down into the 190mph Copse corner, he dummied Verstappen, feinting to the outside and then diving for the inside.

Hamilton had more than half his car alongside Verstappen as they began to turn in, but backed off slightly as he saw the Dutchman was going to sit it out around the outside – and the Red Bull edged back ahead.

Hamilton was a little wide of the apex and his front left wheel made contact with Verstappen's right rear in the middle of the corner, and the impact sent Verstappen flying into the barriers on the outside.

He climbed out of the car and was walking around before being taken to the circuit medical centre for mandatory checks after such a heavy impact and complaining of dizziness.

Team boss Christian Horner said it measured 51G and Verstappen was taken to a local hospital for "further precautionary tests".

In their written reasons for handing down the sanction to Hamilton, the race stewards said the Mercedes driver had "room available to the inside" of the corner and "did not avoid contact" when Verstappen turned in, and concluded that Hamilton was "predominantly at fault".

What happened in the race?

Lewis HamiltonHamilton's drive delighted a capacity 140,000 crowd amid temperatures of around 30C

Leclerc, who had passed Hamilton's team-mate Valtteri Bottas off the line, took the lead out of Copse in the aftermath of the incident and began the re-started race from pole position.

The Ferrari showed strong pace in the first stint and Hamilton was not able to challenge Leclerc, who was 2.3 seconds ahead when Hamilton made his pit stop to serve his penalty and change tyres on lap 27, dropping behind Bottas and McLaren's Lando Norris.

Hamilton passed Norris on lap 31 into Copse, and then closed on Bottas, who was ordered to let Hamilton by on lap 40.

The seven-time world champion then had 12 laps to close an eight-second gap to Leclerc and pass the Frenchman for the lead.

On the basis of Leclerc's pace earlier, it looked a tall order, but Hamilton was soon going a second a lap quicker than Leclerc and he was on the Ferrari's tail with three to go.

He went for the inside at Copse in a very similar move to the one that led to the Verstappen incident. But Hamilton was more cautious, backing off a little more, and then Leclerc ran wide on the exit of the corner allowing Hamilton to sweep by and extend his record of British Grand Prix wins to eight.

And what of the rest?

Leclerc was second after a superb drive by the Ferrari man, but saying he was "so disappointed" to come close without victory, despite scoring his first podium finish of the year. Bottas took third ahead of Norris.

McLaren's Daniel Ricciardo benefited from a pit-stop problem for Ferrari's Carlos Sainz to take fifth, holding off the faster Spaniard to the flag.

And Fernando Alonso drove an excellent defensive race to finish seventh, the starting position he earned with a brilliant drive in the sprint race, in which he passed six cars on the first lap in his Alpine.

Alonso held off Aston Martin's Lance Stroll for most of the race and the second Alpine of Esteban Ocon took ninth ahead of Alpha Tauri's Yuki Tsunoda.

Driver of the day

Charles Leclerc

Leclerc was outstanding in the Ferrari, showing surprising pace throughout the race and coming agonisingly close to his first win of the season.

What's next?

A two-week break before the Hungarian Grand Prix, on one of Hamilton's favourite circuits, where Verstappen will be determined to hit back.

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Comment posted by rellis, today at 17:24rellis

17:24Horner whinges non stop, not just to the Stewards but also to any media outlet who will give him airtime. “You cant overtake at Copse, the fastest corner on the circuit” Hamilton then takes both Norris and LeClerc at………..Copse704155N

Reply posted by Nic77, today at 17:30Nic77

17:30to rellis"Horner whinges non stop, not just to the Stewards but also to any media outlet who will give him airtime. “You cant overtake at Copse, the fastest corner on the circuit” Hamilton then takes both Norris and LeClerc at………..Copse"Nic77 replied: Meanwhile Hamilton claims he was ahead going into the corner.

Not sure how you can be ahead if you hit someones rear tyre with your front tyre…..331224More replies (59)downD

Comment posted by DrNoahGuggenheim, today at 17:21DrNoahGuggenheim

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17:21I know people favour certain drivers, but I hope this race is not divisive. Lewis is a great drive. Max is a great driver. I personally thought the first lap incident was a 50/50 racing incident. But to see someone come back after a 10 second penalty at his home GP is a wonderful thing to witness. Good luck to Max and I hope he is okay – I still think he is favourite to win this season.629146S

Reply posted by SonOfABilic, today at 17:24SonOfABilic

17:24to DrNoahGuggenheim"I know people favour certain drivers, but I hope this race is not divisive. Lewis is a great drive. Max is a great driver. I personally thought the first lap incident was a 50/50 racing incident. But to see someone come back after a 10 second penalty at his home GP is a wonderful thing to witness. Good luck to Max and I hope he is okay – I still think he is favourite to win this season."SonOfABilic replied: If you think that was a 50/50 accident then there really is no sense in some people. Hamilton put his rival in the hospital at the end of the day with a hideously reckless manoeuvre.

“to see someone come back after a 10 second penalty at his home GP is a wonderful thing to witness”

Being let past by a very meek Norris and Bottas made this possible, remember that…333935More replies (151)downR

Comment posted by R Soul, today at 17:23R Soul

17:23Horner: “you don’t put a wheel up the inside at Copse”

Lewis: “hold my beer” and does exactly that on LeClerc.48955S

Reply posted by SonOfABilic, today at 17:29SonOfABilic

17:29to R Soul"Horner: “you don’t put a wheel up the inside at Copse”Lewis: “hold my beer” and does exactly that on LeClerc."SonOfABilic replied: Clear difference was Hamilton understeered into Verstappen despite being given space, whilst Leclerc backed out not wanting to accompany Verstappen to the hospital208363More replies (63)downR

Comment posted by Raedwulf, today at 17:24Raedwulf

17:24The haters will hate & the fans will defend him. I’m in neither camp & am happy to follow Palmer’s opinion on the MV / LH Lap 1 incident. Max was taking risks, Lewis isn’t always going to give way (when does Max? Happily, he seems OK). What you surely can’t deny, even if you don’t like Lewis, is that, with a 10s penalty on top, was a brilliant drive after the restart.51692D

Reply posted by darlohopeful1, today at 17:25darlohopeful1

17:25to Raedwulf"The haters will hate & the fans will defend him. I’m in neither camp & am happy to follow Palmer’s opinion on the MV / LH Lap 1 incident. Max was taking risks, Lewis isn’t always going to give way (when does Max? Happily, he seems OK). What you surely can’t deny, even if you don’t like Lewis, is that, with a 10s penalty on top, was a brilliant drive after the restart."darlohopeful1 replied: Agreed15826More replies (29)downJ

Comment posted by jam89es, today at 17:25jam89es

17:25Expert trolling Sir Lewis

“you can’t overtake at turn 9”

proceeds to overtake several more at turn 929639N

Reply posted by Name, today at 17:33Name

17:33to jam89es"Expert trolling Sir Lewis“you can’t overtake at turn 9”proceeds to overtake several more at turn 9"Name replied: I’m sure if Max had overtaken someone at the same spot Horner would have creamed his pants. But Hamtilton did it, so it’s not allowed29341More replies (16)downI

Comment posted by Itsonlymyopinion, today at 17:27Itsonlymyopinion

17:27Suck it up Horner .. the biggest whinger in sport!29160W

Reply posted by Wookie, today at 17:39Wookie

17:39to Itsonlymyopinion"Suck it up Horner .. the biggest whinger in sport!"Wookie replied: OMG he never shuts up! Get over it and move on. Great race Lewis 🇬🇧16243More replies (9)downD

Comment posted by Danny, today at 17:28Danny

17:28We need to see more of this from Hamilton. For years we have seem him giving max extra space because max is well know to give the other driver two options, let max go ahead or crash. Hamilton needs to adapt the same view and I think that is the view he had today25536W

Reply posted by warwick_hunt_, today at 17:41warwick_hunt_

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17:41to Danny"We need to see more of this from Hamilton. For years we have seem him giving max extra space because max is well know to give the other driver two options, let max go ahead or crash. Hamilton needs to adapt the same view and I think that is the view he had today"warwick_hunt_ replied: Exactly this7810More replies (9)downW

Comment posted by WheresTheBeef, today at 17:25WheresTheBeef

17:25Funny how I don’t see these Hamilton haters at Silverstone

Of course the car is the most important thing. It would be great if Merc can level up with RB and they go head to head for the rest of the season

Racing incident today. The teams crying to race control was disappointing25558N

Reply posted by Nic77, today at 17:32Nic77

17:32to WheresTheBeef"Funny how I don’t see these Hamilton haters at Silverstone Of course the car is the most important thing. It would be great if Merc can level up with RB and they go head to head for the rest of the seasonRacing incident today. The teams crying to race control was disappointing"Nic77 replied: Hamilton “I was ahead going into the corner”

Not sure how you can hit someone’s rear tyre with your front tyre if you are ahead. Max had the racing line as well. It was 100% Hamiltons fault. Deserved at least a drive through penalty.132162More replies (21)downS

Comment posted by Sheikh-Prattle-And-Droll, today at 17:25Sheikh-Prattle-And-Droll

17:25Remind me, where did Hamilton make the two key overtakes in the final laps to win the Grand Prix? Same place where Max crashed into him. Three overtakes, three different rivals, same move… one crash.22953N

Reply posted by nosferatubites, today at 17:30nosferatubites

17:30to Sheikh-Prattle-And-Droll"Remind me, where did Hamilton make the two key overtakes in the final laps to win the Grand Prix? Same place where Max crashed into him. Three overtakes, three different rivals, same move… one crash."nosferatubites replied: Leclerc stayed well out of his way. Don’t blame him.7532More replies (19)downS

Comment posted by slayer, today at 17:23slayer

17:23Verstappen never learns. Norris and Le Clerc did not collide with Hamilton at the same corner, predictably Verstappen did.24675N

Reply posted by napoleons army, today at 17:27napoleons army

17:27to slayer"Verstappen never learns. Norris and Le Clerc did not collide with Hamilton at the same corner, predictably Verstappen did."napoleons army replied: Exactly8723More replies (15)downM

Comment posted by Mish, today at 17:21Mish

17:21I don’t think Mazepin gets the credit he deserves considering he never finishes lower than his starting position on the grid.

He really is the Mr Consistent of Formula 1.1589B

Reply posted by Bennster, today at 17:35Bennster

17:35to Mish"I don’t think Mazepin gets the credit he deserves considering he never finishes lower than his starting position on the grid. He really is the Mr Consistent of Formula 1."Bennster replied: Brilliant! 🙂 Start last on every grid and make sure you finish… hey presto!285More replies (5)downW

Comment posted by warwick_hunt_, today at 17:23warwick_hunt_

17:23Soft penalty, Max was already weaving all over and the onboard showed him open the steering and then turn into Lewis20961S

Reply posted by steve, today at 17:27steve

17:27to warwick_hunt_"Soft penalty, Max was already weaving all over and the onboard showed him open the steering and then turn into Lewis"steve replied: Quite agree MV weaving around cutting back on previous corners.Hamilton gave space MV cut back again ,his fault.Whoever you follow any impartial person would respect Hamilton for his comeback16631More replies (4)downD

Comment posted by DrNoahGuggenheim, today at 17:25DrNoahGuggenheim

17:25I have never heard any Hamilton fan say that they hate Max or that Max is a bad driver. But I hear every Max fan say some awful things about Lewis.18038N

Reply posted by Nic77, today at 17:34Nic77

17:34to DrNoahGuggenheim"I have never heard any Hamilton fan say that they hate Max or that Max is a bad driver. But I hear every Max fan say some awful things about Lewis."Nic77 replied: I’ve literally seen Lewis fans on this HYS say that crash was Verstappens fault.

Lewis fans at the grand prix were cheering as Verstappen slammed into the wall at 150 miles per hour!5759More replies (13)downL

Comment posted by Lounge4k, today at 17:32Lounge4k

17:32Christian Horner is up for an Oscar with his performanace today. Fair racing – his driver has done worse often in the past. Red Bull play at the fringes, today they lost out and out came the acting. The shock! The horror! There was less fuss when Grojean was clipped and had the fire ball crash last year. Christian Horner just comes across as whiney and a bad sportsman.14413K

Reply posted by KLOPP OUT, today at 17:44KLOPP OUT

17:44to Lounge4k"Christian Horner is up for an Oscar with his performanace today. Fair racing – his driver has done worse often in the past. Red Bull play at the fringes, today they lost out and out came the acting. The shock! The horror! There was less fuss when Grojean was clipped and had the fire ball crash last year. Christian Horner just comes across as whiney and a bad sportsman."KLOPP OUT replied: Hamilton has thrown a driver into hospital with SEVERE injuries. Let’s focus on Max’s recovery OK?🧎34131More replies (12)downK

Comment posted by KR, today at 17:22KR

17:22Red Bull will be fuming after today.1389R

Reply posted by R Soul, today at 17:24R Soul

17:24to KR"Red Bull will be fuming after today."R Soul replied: Horner won’t stop whinging.

Oh wait, he never stops whinging anyway.31370More replies (24)downA

Comment posted by asdadsasdg, today at 17:24asdadsasdg

17:24That was just a racing incident on the first lap. I don’t see it any other way. It’s supposed to be a race and accidents happen. It’s going to get really boring if drivers are too wary of taking a chance.13124S

Reply posted by SonOfABilic, today at 17:41SonOfABilic

17:41to asdadsasdg"That was just a racing incident on the first lap. I don’t see it any other way. It’s supposed to be a race and accidents happen. It’s going to get really boring if drivers are too wary of taking a chance."SonOfABilic replied: “That was just a racing incident on the first lap. I don’t see it any other way”

I think you need to watch it again m82081More replies (11)downR

Comment posted by Red Samurai, today at 17:22Red Samurai

17:22Feels a bit tainted, but doesn’t matter now. Driver of the day, Lecrec without a doubt, that Ferrari is not good enough for a podium, I actually reckon he could be better than Verstappen11443S

Reply posted by SonOfABilic, today at 17:27SonOfABilic

17:27to Red Samurai"Feels a bit tainted, but doesn’t matter now. Driver of the day, Lecrec without a doubt, that Ferrari is not good enough for a podium, I actually reckon he could be better than Verstappen"SonOfABilic replied: “Feels a bit tainted”

If Verstappen had done what Hamilton did, BBC Sport, Channel 4 and this HYS would be calling for a race ban.149222More replies (32)downA

Comment posted by andyg, today at 17:23andyg

17:23Surprised they’ve opened a HYS on this race, this will be a train wreck lol767J

Reply posted by jus4jks, today at 17:34jus4jks

17:34to andyg"Surprised they’ve opened a HYS on this race, this will be a train wreck lol"jus4jks replied: Let’s try to get through the 1st corner321More replies (6)downR

Comment posted by Robarb, today at 17:21Robarb

17:21What a race!9832S

Reply posted by SonOfABilic, today at 17:26SonOfABilic

17:26to Robarb"What a race!"SonOfABilic replied: Shame Hamilton ruined a great spectacle by buckling under the pressure on lap 1. Couldn’t pass Verstappen fairly, so had to ram him off. Very sad120387More replies (30)downV

Comment posted by Voice Of Reason, today at 17:24Voice Of Reason

17:24Lovely to see Hamilton hunting down Leclerc last few laps – really good drive.

Penalty was a racing incident, not entirely sure why he was given 10 seconds.

I’d say for the first time this season, Hamilton decided NOT to back out with Verstappen and they crash, there’d have been more of this had it not been for LH backing out.7931S

Reply posted by SonOfABilic, today at 17:40SonOfABilic

17:40to Voice Of Reason"Lovely to see Hamilton hunting down Leclerc last few laps – really good drive.Penalty was a racing incident, not entirely sure why he was given 10 seconds.I’d say for the first time this season, Hamilton decided NOT to back out with Verstappen and they crash, there’d have been more of this had it not been for LH backing out."SonOfABilic replied: “Penalty was a racing incident, not entirely sure why he was given 10 seconds”

And you’re username is Voice of Reason. Should be Voice of Deflection!1027More replies (6)downMore commentsBack to topunknown
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