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Motor racing: Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton limps to record 7th British GP win after late puncture

Motor racing: Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton limps to record 7th British GP win after late puncture

2/8/2020 7:13:00 PM

Motor racing: Mercedes ' Lewis Hamilton limps to record 7th British GP win after late puncture

SILVERSTONE, England (REUTERS) - A lucky Lewis Hamilton limped home to a record seventh British Grand Prix victory with his heart in his mouth, a prayer on his lips and three wheels on his car after a last-lap puncture on Sunday (Aug 2).. Read more at straitstimes.com.

In an astonishing end to a race he had dominated from pole position, the Mercedes driver nursed his stricken car across the finish line to stretch his Formula One world championship lead to 30 points."I have definitely never experienced anything like that on the last lap," said Hamilton after inspecting his barely-attached front left tyre.

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Red Bull's Max Verstappen finished second, but would have won had he not pitted for fresh tyres in a successful late bid to score an extra point for the fastest lap, assuming victory was out of reach.Ferrari's Charles Leclerc was third, another surprise for a team struggling for performance.

Hamilton's teammate and closest rival Valtteri Bottas failed to score after also suffering a late puncture and finishing 11th, despite a one-two finish for the pair having looked a nailed-on certainty until late in the race."Up until that last lap everything was relatively smooth sailing," said the six-time world champion of a race with two long safety car periods. headtopics.com

"The tyres felt great. I heard that his (Bottas's) tyre went and I was just looking at mine and everything seemed fine. The car was still turning no problem... Those last few laps I started to back off and then just down the straight it just deflated.

"That was definitely a heart in the mouth kind of feeling... I was just praying to get around and not be too slow. I nearly didn't get around the last few corners. Thank God we did."The victory was the 87th of Hamilton's F1 career - leaving him four short of Ferrari great Michael Schumacher's all-time record of 91 - and his third in a row.

It was also probably the luckiest. Verstappen's race engineer summed it up over the team radio to the Dutch driver:"He's a lucky boy."Mercedes, chasing a seventh successive title double, have won all four races this season.Australian Daniel Ricciardo was fourth for Renault, ahead of future McLaren teammate Lando Norris, whose own teammate - Carlos Sainz - also had a puncture.

Frenchman Esteban Ocon ensured Renault's double points finish in sixth, with compatriot Pierre Gasly seventh for AlphaTauri and British-based Thai Alexander Albon riding a rollercoaster of a race to eighth place.Canadian Lance Stroll was ninth for Racing Point, and Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel took the final point. headtopics.com

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The next round, the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix to mark Silverstone's hosting of the first world championship race in 1950, is at the same circuit next weekend.But it will struggle to match Sunday's sensation.Only 19 of the 20 drivers started, with Racing Point stand-in Nico Hulkenberg failing to make it out of the garage due to power unit problems.

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Hamilton limps to record British GP win after late punctureLewis Hamilton limped to a record seventh home British Grand Prix victory after his Mercedes suffered a dramatic last lap puncture on Sunday.

Formula 1: Hamilton limps to record British GP win after late punctureLewis Hamilton limped to a record seventh home British Grand Prix victory after his Mercedes suffered a dramatic last lap puncture on Sunday.

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