Lewis Hamilton reacts to Max Verstappen crash and iconic British Grand Prix victory

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Lewis Hamilton has taken an iconic eighth British Grand Prix victory, in one of the greatest fightbacks of his career, despite a ten-second time penalty for crashing out his main title rival Max Verstappen on the opening lap of the race,

Hamilton swept past the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc on lap 50, with just a handful of laps to go, despite serving a ten-second time penalty thanks to a dramatic opening lap at Silverstone.

After an electric start from his main title rival, Verstappen fought hard for position as the seven-time world champion pilled the pressure on the 23-year-old.

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The duo went wheel-to-wheel in some of the closest racing we’ve seen all season between the pair, with a fire lit under Hamilton’s belly in front of his home crowd.

But disaster struck when Hamilton’s front right tyre made contact with the rear left of Verstappen’s Red Bull, which sent the Dutchman spinning hard into the barriers and out of the Grand Prix at turn nine of the opening lap of the race.

The incident brought out the red flag, with Red Bull immediately on the radio to the race director, placing the blame firmly on Hamilton, with the Briton picking up a hefty penalty.

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After serving his penalty, Hamilton rejoined in fifth and fought his way back to take the fight to the Ferrari driver, cheered on by his home fans, with cheers echoing around the Silverstone circuit.

And Hamilton thanked the fans for all their support, something he said helped him around every lap of the race.

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“It’s massively overwhelming, and it was such a physically difficult race, what great weather, we’ve got the best, best crowd, a home crowd is the best, thank you guys so much.

“I‘m so grateful to the fans. You know we said we want to stay safe, as always, and get home safely, but this is a dream for me today to do this in front of you all.

“I couldn’t done it without the great team-work from Valtteri, and the amazing effort from the team.

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Hamilton had to fight back from the ten-second penalty, as Red Bull confirmed Verstappen had been take to hospital for “for further precautionary tests.”

And the seven-time world champion admitted it was a physically and challenging day, as temperatures hit nearly 30 degrees at Silverstone.

“It is tough, I think, I’ve been giving my all this past week, just trying to uncover performance for this car with the guys and I’m so proud of everyone for just continuing to work, even though we’ve had a bit of a deficit.

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“Today, of course, always try to be measured in how I approach, particularly battling with Max, you know he’s very aggressive. 

 

“I mean today, I was fully alongside him, and he didn’t leave me enough space but regardless of whether I agree with a penalty, I’d take it on the chin and I just kept working

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“I was like I’m not gonna let anything get in the way of the crowd’s enjoyment of the weekend, and the national anthem, and a British flag.

140,000 people watched the drama unfold at Silverstone circuit, as the seven-time world champion looks to fight back this season.

Mercedes also massive cut Red Bull’s advantage in the Constructor’s Championship to just four points heading to Hungary.

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