Historic sixth victory for Lewis Hamilton at the British Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton has won the 2019 British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit, setting the all-time record with six victories in the oldest Formula 1 race and leaving the five-time winners Jim Clark and Alain Prost behind. For Hamilton, it’s his seventh victory this year and 80th Formula 1 victory in a career.
Even when Valtteri Bottas secured a pole position by only 0.006 seconds and stayed in the lead at the start of the race, defending his place from attacks of Mercedes teammate, the crowd at Silverstone wasn’t in doubt that historic sixth victory for Hamilton will come. Bottas didn’t make any mistake but Hamilton had more luck and Safety Car intervention early in the race gave him a free pit stop, allowing him to eventually beat Finnish teammate. At the finish line, the gap between two Mercedes drivers was 24.928 seconds.
Hamilton’s sixth win was not the only great story because there was a fantastic battle for the third place on the podium. In the end, Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc climbed to a podium for the fifth time this season.
Leclerc reached the podium thanks to his teammate Sebastian Vettel, who crashed into Red Bull’s Max Verstappen. The Dutchman survived a crash and dropped to P5, behind his teammate Pierre Gasly, while Vettel dropped back to the field and finished 16th.
The other point scorers are Carlos Sainz (McLaren), Daniel Ricciardo (Renault), Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo Racing), Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso) and Nico Hulkenberg (Renault).