Hamilton Holds Off Verstappen and Norris in Dramatic Weather-Influenced Battle at Silverstone


In a thrilling race at Silverstone, Lewis Hamilton claimed a historic ninth British Grand Prix victory, setting a new record and marking his first win since the 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. The Mercedes driver held off fierce competition from McLaren’s Lando Norris to secure the win.

The race began with pole-sitter George Russell leading away from Hamilton. However, an exciting battle soon unfolded between the two Mercedes cars and the McLaren duo of Norris and Oscar Piastri, amid changing weather conditions.

The lead changed hands several times as the field switched to intermediate tyres after the opening phase of the race. Hamilton capitalized on pitting for slicks one lap before Norris, who also faced a slow pit stop, to become the new race leader.

Russell’s race ended prematurely due to a water system issue, and Max Verstappen took advantage of this by snatching P2 from Norris in the latter stages. Hamilton managed to hold his position and clinched an emotional victory.

Despite looking increasingly quick on the hard tyres in the final laps, Verstappen did not have enough time to fight for the lead and crossed the line in P2 for Red Bull, while Norris completed the podium in third.

The other McLaren of Piastri took fourth, ahead of Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz in fifth and an impressive Nico Hulkenberg in sixth for Haas. It was a better weekend for Aston Martin, with Lance Stroll and Fernando Alonso finishing seventh and eighth respectively, while Alex Albon scored two valuable points for Williams in ninth. Yuki Tsunoda rounded out the top ten for AlphaTauri.

Key Moments

  • Russell's Strong Start: George Russell made a strong start, leading the race early on. However, he was forced to retire due to a water system issue.
  • Weather Challenges: Changing weather conditions played a crucial role in the race. The lead changed hands multiple times as drivers switched between intermediate and slick tyres.
  • Hamilton's Strategic Move: Hamilton’s decision to pit for slicks one lap before Norris proved to be decisive, allowing him to take the lead.
  • Verstappen's Late Charge: Max Verstappen made a late charge to snatch P2 from Norris but couldn’t catch Hamilton.
  • Emotional Victory for Hamilton: This victory was particularly emotional for Hamilton, marking his first win since 2021 and setting a new record for most wins at a single Grand Prix.

Final Standings
The race ended with Hamilton taking a record ninth victory at the British Grand Prix, Verstappen finishing second, and Norris in third. Piastri and Sainz rounded out the top five. Hulkenberg, Stroll, Alonso, Albon, and Tsunoda completed the top ten.

“I can’t stop crying!” said an emotional Hamilton. “It’s been since 2021, every day getting up, trying to fight, to train, to put my mind to the task and work as hard as I can with this amazing team. This is my last race here at the British Grand Prix with this team, so I wanted to win this so much for them. I’m forever grateful to everyone in this team, everyone at Mercedes, all of our partners. And to all our incredible fans… I could see you lap by lap as I was coming around, and there’s just no greater feeling than to finish at the front here.”

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