An ecstatic Lewis Hamilton wins his home Grand Prix, setting a record six wins at Silverstone.
A sellout crowd at the British Grand Prix were treated to arguably the most exciting race of the calendar so far as their homegrown hero, Lewis Hamilton, claimed a record sixth win on home soil. But the race was hardly a one-man show as battles galore kept the crowd on their feet.
Valtteri Bottas lead from pole position in his Mercedes, leading a charging Hamilton for the first part of the race until the Briton found a gap in the slow right-hander onto the main straight. Not to be outdone, Bottas immediately filed into the slipstream and reclaimed first once again a short while later.
The two Silver Arrows looked set to remain in this order until Hamilton managed to leapfrog Bottas during a free pit stop after Antonio Giovinazzi beached his Alfa Romeo in the gravel, bringing out the Safety Car.
With the two Mercedes enjoying their time out front, a battle for third raged between the Ferraris and Red Bulls. Ultimately, though, the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel punted the Red Bull of Max Verstappen into the gravel pit after an exciting contest. They both recovered, but Vettel eventually finished 16th. This allowed the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc to claim third.
Verstappen fought back and managed to take fifth behind teammate, Pierre Gasly, with Carlos Sainz finishing sixth after claiming his free pitstop at the same time as Hamilton. The Renault of Daniel Ricciardo and Kimi Raikkonen in his Alfa followed, Daniil Kvyat in his Torro Rosso was ninth, and Nico Hulkenberg took the final point in his Renault on the last lap.
Championship leader, Hamilton, has won seven of the 10 races in 2019 and punched home his intentions by setting the fastest lap of the day on the final lap of the Grand Prix, using 30-lap old tyres.