The Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas dominated the British Grand Prix at Silverstone – with Hamilton taking the chequered flag ahead of his team mate, despite Bottas claiming pole position after qualification.
The Ferrari of Charles Leclerc was third.
For Hamilton, this was his sixth British Grand Prix victory – which takes him one ahead of Jim Clark and two ahead of Nigel Mansell.
The victory keeps Hamilton on pace for another F1 Drivers Championship – he is now 39 points ahead of Bottas, and a massive 87 ahead of Max Verstappen in third.
On a day of sporting drama at other British venues, the race was not without its own moments. Bottas had held the lead from pole position despite some severe Hamilton pressure in the early laps. It stayed the same until Bottas, on a medium compound tyre, needed to pit early on Lap 16 – this gave Hamilton the lead, who was employing a one pit stop strategy on harder compounds. The safety car was called out after the Alfa Romeo of Antonio Giovinazzi crashed at Vale – and this allowed Hamilton to make his pit stop and get back into the race with his lead still healthy and intact – which he never relinquished and cruised to victory.
Further down the field though and it was Hamilton’s old rival Sebastian Vettel who grabbed many of the headlines – but for the wrong reasons. Vettel finished 15th in his Ferrari, but was given a 10 second penalty for crashing into the Red Bull of Max Verstappen on lap 37. Although Vettel protested his innocence, after the Red Bull ran wide when overtaking the Ferrari of Vettel, he was given the blame and the penalty which dropped him a place overall.
But this was Hamilton’s day – who becomes the winning most driver at the British Grand Prix ever. After the race, his delight at the victory was clear for all to see via his Instagram post: “I can’t tell you how incredible this feels guys. Everyone’s support and energy out there, that was crazy. I can’t express how grateful I am to all the fans, and to my incredible team. We’ve worked really hard for this. The British Grand Prix means so much to me and to have a sixth win here at Silverstone, in front of all the home fans, this moment will stay with me for the rest of my life.”
2019 BRITISH GRAND PRIX – TOP TEN RESULT
- Lewis Hamilton (GBR) – Mercedes 1:21:08:452
- Valtteri Bottas (FIN) – Mercedes +24.928
- Charles Leclerc (MON) – Ferrari +30.117
- Pierre Gasly (FRA) – Red Bull Honda +34.692
- Max Verstappen (HOL) – Red Bull Honda +39.498
- Carlos Sainz Jnr (SPA) – McLaren Renault +53.639
- Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) – Renault +54.401
- Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) – Alfa Romeo +1.05.540
- Daniil Kyvat (RUS) – Scuderia Toro Rosso +1.06.720
- Nico Hulkenberg (GER) – Renault +1.12.733
2019 F1 DRIVERS CHAMPIONSHIP – LATEST STANDINGS (After British GP)
- Lewis Hamilton (GBR) – 223 points
- Valtteri Bottas (FIN) – 184 points
- Max Verstappen (HOL) – 136 points
- Sebastian Vettel (GER) – 123 points
- Charles Leclerc (MON) – 120 points
2019 F1 CONSTRUCTORS CHAMPIONSHIP – LATEST STANDINGS (After British GP)
- Mercedes – 407 points
- Ferrari – 243 points
- Red Bull Honda – 191 points
- McLaren – 60 points
- Renault – 39 points