Lewis Hamilton describes heart-stopping final moments before winning British GP

Tanya Simon
August 2, 2020

Interestingly, Verstappen stopped for new tyres following Bottas' puncture. Once the stricken Bottas had been comfortably cleared, Red Bull Racing pulled Verstappen in for a free pit stop to safeguard second place and claim the point for fastest lap.

Hamilton was impressive in his consummate control, both of the race and his final lap but Leclerc was perhaps the stand-out performer, taking third in the uncompetitive Ferrari having qualified it fourth, while his team-mate Sebastian Vettel was a long way behind in an uncompetitive 10th, losing out in fights with midfielders.

The safety vehicle was deployed on two occasions at Silverstone following high-speed shunts involving Kevin Magnussen, and then Daniil Kvyat. He needs five more wins to equal Michael Schumacher's F1 record of 91.

Romain Grosjean was the only vehicle not to stop, and was elevated to fifth, ahead of Carlos Sainz (McLaren) and Daniel Ricciardo (Renault), the latter being passed by the second McLaren of Lando Norris at Luffield at the Lap 19 restart.

"I have definitely never experienced anything like that on the last lap and my heart definitely almost stopped". You could see the tyre was falling off the rim.

'Oh my God, I was just praying to get it round. "But thank God it did, I really owe it to the team, ultimately we should have stopped towards the end once we saw the delamination".

"In my mind, I'm thinking 'how far is it to the end of the lap?' My heart nearly stopped".

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The six-time world champion was barely able to get his vehicle round the final few corners such was the damage to his tyre and front left wheel.

Bottas got a better getaway than Hamilton, but, after failing to draw alongside his team-mate before the first corner, he backed out of a tussle for the lead.

The stewards blamed Albon and gave him a five-second penalty. He crossed the line in eighth, with pressure mounting on the under-performing London-born Thai. We're into the final lap, but Hamilton has a puncture!

Just seven laps later, the safety vehicle was deployed again after Kvyat lost control of his AlphaTauri. He stepped unscathed from his wrecked vehicle. "I am so f****** sorry", he said over the radio before shoving a camera out of his way as he returned to the pits. The Finn dropped to 12th and finished 11th - ironically after Carlos Sainz suffered a tire failure of his own and fell to 13th from fifth. They young Briton, however, was forced to abandon the move.

Nearly the entire field had been running the same strategy after a Lap 12 safety vehicle tempted them into a long final stint that took the hard tire to the limit of its expected life.

The Frenchman continued his aggressive approach, however, in a duel with Ricciardo.

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