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Lewis Hamilton claimed the seventh and possibly most dramatic Silverstone win of his career, after his left-front tyre deflated with half of his final lap remaining
Mercedes-AMG Petronas’ Lewis Hamilton and teammate Valtteri Bottas had been formation flying for 50 of the 52 laps at Silverstone until tyre drama struck. Second-placed Bottas was the first to suffer as his tyre deflated on Lap 50, costing him second place, before on the very last lap, Hamilton suffered the same issue.
However, with Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen having opted to pit a few laps from the end to try and claim fastest lap, Hamilton had enough time in hand to just cross the line first, five seconds ahead of Verstappen and the third-placed racer, Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow’s Charles Leclerc.
McLaren F1’s Carlos Sainz had been set to finish fourth, but his own last lap tyre issue saw him eventually come home P13, allowing Renault DP World’s Daniel Ricciardo to claim fourth, following a late pass on the sister McLaren of Lando Norris.
Ricciardo’s Renault teammate Esteban Ocon finished sixth, having enjoyed a race-long battle with BWT Racing Point’s Lance Stroll, with Scuderia Alphatauri’s Pierre Gasly having enjoyed a fine race to finish seventh.
Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s Alex Albon finished eighth, having recovered from a Lap 1 tussle with the Haas’ Kevin Magnussen that saw him fall to last, while BWT Racing Point’s Lance Stroll and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel rounded out the top 10, Vettel holding off a late charge from the recovering Mercedes of Bottas.
Below are the standings of the point-scoring drivers after the 2020 British GP at Silverstone: