British GP, Hamilton triumphs

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Third victory in a row in the season, the seventh at Silverstone, for Lewis Hamilton in the British GP. The 6-time world champion on Mercedes, after starting from pole position, dominates the fourth round of the Formula One world championship, remaining in command from the first to the last lap, conquering his 87th career success. Thrilling final with the Briton who punctures the front tire on the last lap but despite this he keeps the Red Bull of Max Verstappen and the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc behind him reaching the finish on three wheels.

Ready to go, Bottas joins the pole-man Hamilton but cannot overcome it, after a duel between Leclerc and Verstappen with the Ferrari driver who passes the Red Bull except having to return him immediately after the position, behind them they lose 2 positions Norris and Stroll to the benefit of Sainz and Ricciardo respectively fifth and sixth. Accident between Magnussen and Albon, the safety car that freezes the race goes into action immediately. Nico Hulkenberg did not show up at Racing Point for an engine problem. We return to race on the sixth lap, Hamilton starts to detach the opponents making the best lap with 1 ” of advantage on Bottas, he immediately goes to the Albon pits after contact with Magnussen to mount the hard tire. The Mercedes begin to make the void behind him with Verstappen increasing his detachment from Leclerc. Bottas stamps Hamilton not giving him breath and remaining in the slipstream at 1”3 after 12 laps. On the 13th lap of the Kvyat accident that spun with his Alpha Tauri, they took the opportunity to change tires Ricciardo, Norris, Vettel and Ocon. Pit stops also for Mercedes and Verstappen with unchanged positions. The hard tires give Hamilton a strategic advantage who must not fear a Bottas undercut in the transition to the pits.

The race returns after 19 laps. Super restart of Lando Norris who burns Ricciardoi blowing his seventh position. For the accident with Magnussen, a 5 ” penalty is imposed on Albon. Fifth Grosjean who has not made the pit stop yet. Hamilton’s fast-lap trying to unplug his teammate Bottas, who is now 1’2 away. Behind is a battle for the fifth place between Carlos Sainz who stamps Grosjean, the Spaniard of McLaren surpasses him. In front of Bottas replies with the fastest lap approaching the race leader. Norris also passes Grosjean and is sixth. In front, he tries to break Hamilton on Bottas, now 2”2 away, 8 ” Verstappen, 20 ” Leclerc. The Dutchman seems to be suffering from tire wear that could create problems for the Red Bull driver in the course of the race. Without breath in the head with the Mercedes who duel with faster laps. On the 36th lap Ricciardo on Renault overtakes Grosjean and hunts for the McLaren of Sainz and Norris. Blistering in Hamilton’s right front but Mercedes doesn’t seem to lose in performance. Further back Gasly blows the tenth position in Vettel.

When there are 11 laps to go, 41 out of 52, Hamilton has a 2”7 lead over the Finn, 11 ‘Verstappen, behind Leclerc’s Ferrari and Sainz and Norris’ McLaren. Fast lap of Verstappen who can try the assault on Bottas’ second position. Hamilton gains ground which brings the advantage over Botta to 5 ” which must keep Red Bull at bay with Verstappen at 9 ”. On the 50th turn of the scene, Bottas’ tire gave way to Verstappen and Leclerc. The Dutchman decides to go to the pits. He loses a lot of Bottas who closes 11th. Heart-pounding final, in the last lap also Hamilton gives the tire, the left front, despite the whole Briton takes home the victory in front of Verstappen and Leclerc arriving on the finish line on three tires.

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