Lewis Hamilton wins dramatic British Grand Prix after controversial Max Verstappen crash

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Lewis Hamilton has won the British Grand Prix for the eighth time in controversial circumstances. 

The seven-time world champion overcame a 10-second time penalty to take  the race lead with only three laps left to win a dramatic grand prix at Silverstone. 

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But Hamilton’s victory wasn’t without its fair share of controversy. 

He was given a 10-second time penalty by race officials for his role in nudging championship leader Max Verstappen off the track and into the tyre wall at 180 mph on the opening lap. 

The Dutchman crashed out of the race but he walked away unscathed and underwent a medical examination at the track before being taken to a local hospital for further tests. 

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner was furious and lobbied hard for Hamilton to be penalised. 

“As far as I’m concerned, full blame is on Hamilton, who should never have been in that position,”  he told FIA race director Michael Masi over radio.

“You could have had a massive accident. Thank god he’s walked away unscathed. I hope you’re going to deal with it appropriately.”

He doubled down after the race, saying Hamilton’s move to overtake Verstappen on the Copse “looked desperate”.

“Lewis Hamilton is a world champion and he shouldn’t be making manoeuvres like that,” Horner told Sky Sports. 

“It’s unacceptable. He’s put a driver … thank goodness the biggest result for us today is he was uninjured.

“He’s having to go to hospital for precautionary checks after a 51G accident so I hope Lewis is very happy with himself.”

Horner added: “For me, that’s a hollow victory.”

Hamilton didn’t believe he was at fault. 

“I always try to be measured in how I approach, particularly with battling with Max, he’s very aggressive,” he said.

“I don’t feel like he needs to be as aggressive as he is.

“Then today I was fully alongside him and he didn’t leave me any space.”

Red Bull supremo Helmet Marko argued Hamilton deserves to be banned for a race.

After the race restarted, Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc took a dominant lead and despite having some engine trouble, looked like he could win the race. 

But once Hamilton served his time penalty in the pits, he was a man on a mission – flying through the field and constantly setting fastest lap times. 

At one stage, he trailed Leclerc by ten seconds, but made up the gap with three laps to go. 

The win is Hamilton’s first since the Portuguese Grand Prix in May and closes the deficit to championship leader Verstappen to just eight points. 

“Lewis, we never give up, this is still on,” Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff told Hamilton over team radio after the race. 

“Damn right, Toto, damn right,” his driver replied. 

The Hamilton-Verstappen crash is sure to be the subject of much debate over the coming days. 

“Red Bull will be furious,” Sky Sports commentator Martin Brundle said. 

“They’ve got a wrecked car and a bruised driver and no championship points.”

Australian Daniel Ricciardo finished fifth for his best result of his first season with McLaren. 

British Grand Prix results

1st: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

2nd: Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)

3rd: Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)

4th: Lando Norris (McLaren)

5th: Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren)

6th: Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)

7th: Fernando Alonso (Alpine)

8th: Lance Stroll (Aston Martin)

9th: Sebastian Ocon (Alpine)

10th: Yuki Tsunoda (Alpha Tauri)

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Lewis Hamilton is absolutely flying and with six laps to go he trails race leader Charles Leclerc by only three seconds.

The Mercedes driver is constantly setting the fastest lap times of the race.

This will be a sensational finish to the British Grand Prix.

“He has put the hammer down, has Lewis Hamilton,” Sky Sports commentator David Croft.

Anyone else thinking Hamilton will do this? #F1 #BritishGP pic.twitter.com/dZsnDbxU2I

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Red Bull has released an update on Max Verstappen’s condition, saying he was been taken to a local hospital for further checks.

“Following a first lap incident at Copse Corner between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton at the British Grand Prix, we can confirm that Max Verstappen walked away from his car and was immediately taken to the Silverstone Circuit Medical Centre,” Red Bull said.
“Following an assessment by the trackside doctors at Silverstone Circuit Medical Centre, Max Verstappen has been taken to a local hospital for further precautionary tests.”

The Dutchman crashed into the wall at 180 miles per hour on the first lap of the race and may be suffering from concussion.

We’re past the halfway point of the British Grand Prix and it’s game on.

Lewis Hamilton has served his 10-second time penalty and is flying on fresh tyres.

He quickly overtook Lando Norris to move into third position and now has his sights on Charles Leclerc and Valtteri Bottas ahead of him.

Leclerc leads the race by nine seconds.

A very slow pit stop for Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz proved costly, as he came out behind Daniel Ricciardo, who is in P5.

LAP 29 & 30/52: Ferraris into the pits

Sainz pits first but it’s slow, he returns to the track in P6

Leclerc’s is much quicker and he comes back out in P1#BritishGP 🇬🇧 #F1 pic.twitter.com/0byWqeey4M

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Very slow left front for Sainz – 12.3s! Nightmare. How are the Ferrari nerves now?! #F1 #BritishGP

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A slow pit stop has cost Lando Norris dearly.

The McLaren driver was was stuck in the pits for six seconds – four seconds longer than he would have liked as his team had issues changing his right rear tyre.

The delay allowed Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas to pass Norris into fourth spot and could prove costly as Norris strives to make the most of Hamilton’s penalty in a bid to win his first grand prix.

Slow stop for Norris! Free position for Bottas, nightmare #F1 #BritishGP

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LAP 21/52

Norris pits from P3, but it’s a slow stop – 6 seconds

He returns to the track in P6 behind Alonso #BritishGP 🇬🇧 #F1 pic.twitter.com/012AKEwGhK

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Daniel Ricciardo has also pitted and is currently in seventh position.

Meanwhile, Charles Leclerc still leads the race but he has been struggling with engine trouble for quite a while.

Red Bull boss Christian Horner was furious over radio when speaking to to FIA race director Michael Masi about the Hamilton-Verstappen crash.

“That corner, Hamilton was never anywhere near alongside,” he said.

“Every driver that’s driven this circuit knows you do not stick a wheel up the inside of Copse.

“That’s an enormous accident and it was 100 per cent Max’s corner. As far as I’m concerned, full blame is on Hamilton, who should never have been in that position.

“You could have had a massive accident. Thank god he’s walked away unscathed. I hope you’re going to deal with it appropriately.”

And Red Bull supremo Helmet Marko argues Hamilton deserves to be banned for a race.

In contrast, Hamilton believes he was not at fault.

“I was ahead going in there. Pulling alongside, it was my line,” he said over the team radio.

“He turned in on me, man, giving the guy space.”

The race stewards have handed Lewis Hamilton a 10-second penalty for his role in Max Verstappen’s crash.

It means the Mercedes driver will have to wait 10 seconds when he takes his pit stop in a huge blow to his hopes of winning his home Grand Prix at Silverstone.

🚨 Lewis Hamilton is given a 10-second penalty by the race stewards for the earlier incident with Verstappen#BritishGP 🇬🇧 #F1 pic.twitter.com/5zif0xKE27

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Charles Leclerc leads the British Grand Prix after the race resumed following a dramatic start.

The Ferrari is followed by Lando Norris, Valtteri Bottas and Daniel Ricciardo, whose car is emitting smoke.

We have a red flag as the wreckage of Max Verstappen’s Red Bull is cleared from the track and he is taken in an ambulance for a medical assessment.

Fans and experts are split on whether it was simply a “racing incident” or if Lewis Hamilton should be penalised for his role in the crash and if he pushed Verstappen wide off the track.

Verstappen’s car is untangled from the barriers, lifted onto a pick-up truck and is on its way back to the pits

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Red Bull’s boss Christian Horner is lobbying hard with race officials for Hamilton to be penalised, while his Mercedes counterpart Toto Wolff has even resorted to sending an email to FIA race director Michael Masi “with the diagrams where the car should be”.

The race is set to resume in a few minutes with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc now leading the field.

It’s lights out for the British Grand Prix and we have carnage already on the opening lap. Max Verstappen got off to a good start but Lewis Hamilton was right on his tail from the opening corner. The championship rivals went almost wheel-to-wheel over the first few moments before Verstappen went wide off the track, crashing into the tyre wall at high speed. https://twitter.com/F1/status/1416761887967088643 The championship leader is out of the race but has a big enough lead over Hamilton that he will still lead the championship regardless of the result at Silverstone. Verstappen climbed out of his Red Bull and thankfully appears unharmed.”That was a very, very high-speed accident,” said Sky Sports commentator Martin Brundle.

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