Hamilton takes record seventh British GP win on three wheels
SILVERSTONE (Reuters) – Lewis Hamilton limped to a record seventh British Grand Prix victory with his heart in mouth and a prayer on his lips after a dramatic last-lap puncture turned his Mercedes into a three-wheeler on Sunday.
In an astonishing end to a race he had dominated from pole position, the six-times world champion nursed his stricken Mercedes across the line to stretch his Formula One world championship lead to 30 points.
“I have definitely never experienced anything like that on the last lap,” said Hamilton after inspecting his barely-attached front left tyre.
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen finished second, but could have won had he not pitted for fresh tyres in a successful late bid to score an extra point for the fastest lap, assuming victory was out of reach.
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc was third, another surprise for a team struggling for performance.