Lewis Hamilton made history on Sunday, adding to his legendary Formula 1 career.
The five-time Formula 1 World Champion won his record sixth British Grand Prix, taking the checkered flag by nearly 25 seconds over teammate and pole winner Valtteri Bottas in the Formula 1 Rolex British Grand Prix 2019 at Silverstone Circuit.
The win was Hamilton’s sixth British GP win in his home country, as he broke what was a three-way tie at five wins with fellow Briton Jim Clark and Alain Prost of France in the 74th running of the event.
Hamilton, who is in first place in the Drivers’ Championship Standings with 10 of 21 races in the books this season, was emotional after the win.
“It’s one of the single most incredible feelings and special moments an athlete can have (to win in your home country),” Hamilton said postrace. “I come here, and I’ve got this incredible support. They always talk about how much it lifts you up and it’s a huge amount of energy, but a lot of weight comes with that, a lot of responsibility. So I just really, really wanted to deliver.”
One could make an argument that Hamilton had the race won before it even started. His team determined that they would only need one pit stop to complete the 52-lap race on the 5.891km circuit.
Bottas and the other contenders all made two stops, and Hamilton’s car didn’t yield too much speed to Bottas even with the Finnish racer having fresher tires.
Hamilton was aided by a caution period on lap 20 due to Antonio Giovinazzi’s spin. That allowed Hamilton to make his only pit stop under yellow.
Even on older tires, Hamilton wasn’t challenged and won the race comfortably.
After a week off, the F1 circuit travels to Hockenheimring for the German Grand Prix on July 28. As luck would have it, Hamilton has won the last two Formula 1 events on that course.