Jul 05, 2022 Hamilton Scores Podium and New Record in British Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton secured an impressive P3 for the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team at the Sunday, July 3 British Grand Prix at Silverstone that was both harrowing and exhilarating.
Hamilton’s P3 result set a record for the most podiums by a driver at a single event, 13, while teammate George Russell suffered a DNF as a result of a stunning, multi-car crash on the opening lap of the race.
Hamilton started P5 on the grid ahead of Russell in P8, but the race was red-flagged due to a crash in the first corner that saw the Zhou Guanyu’s Alfa Romero slide upside-down across a gravel pit and into the barriers. Russell suffered a puncture in the melee, but in a show of supreme sportsmanship, the Mercedes-AMG Petronas driver exited his car to check on Guanyu, who was pinned in his car between the catch fence and tire barrier. Guanyu later announced he was unharmed in the spectacular crash.
“I jumped out the car to see if Zhou was okay… but when I came back to the car, I couldn’t quite get it started for whatever reason, so I ran back to the team to check,” Russell said. “I asked the marshals to leave the car and, next thing, when I got back, the car was on the back of the flatbed, which meant I couldn’t restart. It was obviously frustrating for my race because the car just had the puncture, and there’s no doubt we had the pace to come back to P6 today, but I’m just glad that Zhou was OK.”
When the race resumed, Hamilton advanced to P3, and a safety car on lap 39 presented the opportunity to switch to soft tires. In a thrilling sequence, the restart saw a multi-lap battle between Hamilton, Sergio Perez and Charles Leclerc. Hamilton showed supreme car control in the battle, at one point passing both cars in a single corner, to the delight of his home country’s sellout crowd. While Perez secured P2, Hamilton held off Leclerc to secure his incredible 185th podium.
“I gave it everything today,” Hamilton said. “We’ve got some improvements to make, but this is a huge bonus for us to be on the podium. I’m glad everyone was safe from that big crash at the beginning of the day. Thank you to everybody, we’re going to continue to push.”
Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team Principal and CEO Toto Wolff said he was pleased with the strong pace shown by the team at Silverstone, and he looks forward to continued improvement at the next race.
The F1 season resumes Sunday, July 10 for the Rolex Austian GP at Red Bull Ring. Race coverage will begin at 9 a.m. on ESPN2.