How Lewis Hamilton three-wheeled it to F1 British GP victory

How Lewis Hamilton three-wheeled it to F1 British GP victory

Hamilton said: "Up until the last lap, everything was relatively smooth sailing". Red Bull made a decision to pit at the end of that lap and switch to softs with a free stop allowing Verstappen to chase the fastest lap, but with Lewis Hamilton also getting a puncture and limping to victory on the final lap, the Dutchman would have won without that stop if he avoided a similar tire failure.

But there was no real sign of the drama to come until Bottas' left front tyre deflated shortly after starting lap 52, with two to go.

The Dutchman concluded he was both "lucky and unlucky" in taking second place in a race that Mercedes had ultimately dominated until the closing laps.

Max Verstappen was third fastest for Red Bull, three-tenths off the pace, ahead of Friday's pace-setter Lance Stroll of Racing Point, Carlos Sainz of McLaren and Ferrari's Charles Leclerc. We did well. We should be happy with second, but when you have this.

Hamilton looked then to be cruising to the flag, until he too suffered a puncture, this time heading down the back straight towards Brooklands. So we pitted just to be sure, of course for the soft tires, and then Lewis had his puncture but that's also unlucky - it could have been lucky for me but unlucky for Lewis.

"The auto seemed to turn OK through Maggotts and Becketts", Hamilton said, "and then it was a real struggle in the last two corners. Obviously, we're very happy for Lewis to win his home grand prix, but for Valtteri it's a big drop in the drivers championship, and we could have collected a lot of constructors points which we didn't".

"Lewis' luck rolls with him at the moment, that we missed out on the victory. They had a very dominant vehicle today".

A zero score in finishing 11th behind Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari acts as a potentially devastating blow to Bottas' hopes of claiming his maiden world title at such an early stage of the season.

And, yeah, the tyres at one point they didn't look great.

Hamilton is now on 88 points in the overall standings, with Finland's Bottas on 58. Normally you don't get punctures.

"What can I do?" It's not ideal but I can't change what has happened, just got to move on and take the learnings and try again next weekend. Then you started to see the gap open up, and then I felt quite comfortable with where I was. "I'm just not going to do that, I'll keep pushing, keep believing, because you never know".

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