Lewis Hamilton took a record sixth British Grand Prix victory in a thrilling race featuring a crash between Max Verstappen and Sebastian Vettel.
Battles throughout the field created a dramatic race – by far the best of the year so far – as Hamilton benefited from a safety-car period to take a lead he never lost after Bottas had held back an attack from his Mercedes team-mate in the early laps.
Behind them, Red Bull’s Verstappen and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc staged a duel for the ages in disputing third place for the first third of the race.
Their exquisite driving would have been the talk of the day had it not been for the collision between the Dutchman and Leclerc’s team-mate Vettel, for which the German four-time champion was given 10-second time penalty and two penalty points of his super licence.
Hamilton’s victory extends his championship lead to 39 points at the effective half-way point of the championship, but the discussion will focus on Vettel, and yet another error in the heat of battle – the latest in a series over the past year.
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