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Lewis Hamilton wins British GP to close in on Schumacher’s record

Lewis Hamilton's record-extending seventh Silverstone win saw him finish six seconds ahead of Red Bull's Max Verstappen despite a puncture.

By: AP | Updated: August 3, 2020 9:40:20 am
Lewis Hamilton, Lewis Hamilton BritishGP, Lewis Hamilton news Lewis Hamilton of Britain holds his trophy on the podium after the British Formula One Grand Prix at the Silverstone racetrack. (AP Photo)

Lewis Hamilton held on to win the British Grand Prix on Sunday despite a puncture on the last lap to clinch an 87th career win and move within four of Michael Schumacher’s Formula One record.

The championship leader’s record-extending seventh Silverstone win saw him finish six seconds ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who unexpectedly moved up a place after Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas sustained a puncture with three laps left.

With Hamilton so far ahead, Verstappen went in for a tire change in a bid to gain an extra point for the fastest lap but that pit stop ultimately cost him victory because Hamilton’s front left shredded with half a lap to go. Verstappen swallowed up most of the 25-second gap but ran out of time. Charles Leclerc finished third for Ferrari.

When his tire melted, Bottas had to come back for a tire change and dropped out of the points altogether into 11th spot and 30 points behind Hamilton in the title race.

Sebastian Vettel, a four-time F1 champion, placed 10th and has now failed to get into the top five for his worst start to a season since 2008.

McLaren’s Carlos Sainz Jr. also sustained a puncture on the last lap and fell to 13th.

There is another race at Silverstone next Sunday.

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