07/18/2021 at 7:19 PM CEST
The sevenfold English world champion Lewis hamilton (Mercedes), who won the Great Britain Grand Prix, the tenth of the Formula One World Cup, he declared, after raising to 99 his own record for victories in the premier class at the circuit of Silverstone, that this Sunday “has been an overwhelming triumph.”
“It has been tremendous, it has been a very difficult race. It is overwhelming”, declared after his victory, at the foot of the track, 36-year-old Hamilton, who signed his fourth success of the year, with which he cut 25 points from the leader of the World, Max verstappen (Red Bull, 23), retired in the first corner, after having an accident when touching the previous one, who without major injuries, ended up in hospital as a precaution. The young Dutch star, who had started from pole position, commands the championship with 185 points, eight more than the English star, when the equator has not yet been reached.
“We have the best fans, nowhere is an audience like here,” shouted an exultant Hamilton to the nearly 140,000 spectators who filled the stands at Silverstone. “Thank you all. To win in front of you is a real pride,” added the spectacular and eccentric Stevenage champion after extending another record of his own, that of victories at Silverstone, to eight.
“It has been a great job for the team and also for Valtteri (Bottas, his Finnish teammate, third this Sunday and who perfectly complied with the team orders by letting him pass with eleven laps to go before he began to hunt down the Monegasque. Charles Leclerc, Ferrari), to which I am very grateful, “he said Hamilton, which last year equaled the seven titles of the German Michael Schumacher and that also holds the historical record of ‘pole’ in F1: one hundred, in total.
“It has not been easy. I have been all week in the factory and in the simulator, trying to get the most out of the car,” he explained Hamilton, who commented on how he saw the accident Verstappen when both were fighting for first place, it knocked the Dutchman out of the race and cost him a ten-second penalty.
“Max was very aggressive and I was at his side. He did not give me space. Whether I agree or not with my sanction, I am still here,” he said. Hamilton after winning at Silverstone.