Jul 20, 2021 Hamilton Delights Home Crowd with Eighth British Grand Prix Victory
Lewis Hamilton won his home British Grand Prix for the eighth time on Sunday after battling back from a 10-second penalty to pass Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc with two laps remaining. Teammate Valtteri Bottas, who reached P2 before being asked to let a surging Hamilton past to fight with Leclerc for the checkered flag, secured an impressive P3.
The double-podium finish helped the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team (285 points) move within four points of Red Bull (289 points) atop the Constructors’ Championship standings. Hamilton (177) trails Red Bull’s Max Verstappen (185 points), who crashed after colliding with Hamilton on the opening lap, by eight points in the Driver’s Championship; Bottas (108) moved up to P4.
“I have been giving my all the past week, working in the factory, just giving it everything to uncover performance in this car with the guys and I am so proud of everyone for continuing to work, even though we had to recover a deficit,” said Hamilton. “I couldn’t have done it without the great teamwork from Valtteri and the amazing effort from the team so I’m very grateful and just so happy to deliver this result for the team and the fans.”
The F1 season continues with Round 11 at the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday, August 1. Live coverage begins at 9 a.m. ET on ESPN.