Lewis Hamilton has ‘delivered everything he could possibly do for Great Britain’, lauds Formula 1 legend Damon Hill after record Silverstone win

15 Jul

Formula 1 legend Damon Hill has hit back at claims Lewis Hamilton is ‘not patriotic’ following his record British Grand Prix win at Silverstone.

The Brit overtook Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas to storm to his sixth victory at his home race – taking him over closer to a sixth world championship title.

But, while the 141,000-strong crowd at Silverstone were delighted by his win, Hamilton faced criticism in some quarters following his landmark triumph.

Hamilton looks unstoppable in his pursuit of a sixth world title
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His incredible achievements in the sport have not stopped the online haters, with the Stevenage-born ace often criticised for taking up residence in tax-haven Monaco and accused by some fans of ‘not being British’

But Hill insists Hamilton has flown the flag for Great Britain with pride and has ‘delivered everything he could possibly do’ for his country.

Speaking to talkSPORT host Jim White, the 1996 F1 world champion said: “It’s difficult to come up with more superlatives; the guy is dominant in his era and he’s had everything thrown at him and he’s delivered on every level.

“It’s very difficult to think what else he can do, apart from of course beat Michael Schumacher’s record of seven world titles.

“He has become a world recognised sports star and that of course means he’s more international, but he’s an English lad… he’s from Stevenage and he grew up in this country!

“He does try to convince us he is very patriotic and I think sometimes the more he does that the less we are inclined to buy that sort of ‘selling tactic’.

F1 driver standings

After 10 races, Hamilton is way out in front in the championship standings. But who comes behind Hamilton in the top 10?

  1. Lewis Hamilton – 223 points
  2. Valtteri Bottas – 184 points
  3. Max Verstappen – 136 points
  4. Sebastien Vettel – 123 points
  5. Charles Leclerc – 120 points
  6. Pierre Gasly – 55 points
  7. Carlos Sainz – 38 points
  8. Kimi Raikkonen – 25 points
  9. Lando Norris – 22 points
  10. Daniel Ricciardo – 22 points

“But he doesn’t have to worry about it.

“He’s delivered everything he could possibly do for this country – he is the highest-winning British driver and second highest in the history of Formula One.

Asked how he would have fared against Hamilton had they raced in the same era, Hill added: “It would have been very difficult to beat him!

Lewis Hamilton celebrates with fans after his victory at Silverstone, but he isn’t loved by all
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“To beat him, what I found from racing against people like Michael Schumacher is that I could do it, but I couldn’t do it all the time, and Lewis can do it all the time.

“He might have the occasional blip, but it doesn’t happen very often.”

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Lewis Hamilton seals record sixth British Grand Prix title at Silverstone

14 Jul

Lewis Hamilton won the British Grand Prix at Silverstone for a record-beating sixth time.
The Formula One world champion took advantage of a safety car to overtake Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas, delighting the bumper 141,000-strong crowd.

Hamilton looks unstoppable in his pursuit of a sixth world title
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The win, Hamilton’s seventh from 10 rounds, takes the Briton ever closer to a sixth world title. He is now 39 points clear of Bottas in the championship standings.

On a sensational day for Hamilton, the Englishman also secured a bonus point by posting a stunning track record on his final lap.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc finished third after Sebastian Vettel crashed into the back of Max Verstappen.

Red Bull driver Verstappen managed to finish fifth, but Vettel dropped to 16th with the damage sustained in the incident.

The Ferrari driver was also hit with a 10-second penalty for causing the collision.

Lando Norris crossed the line a disappointing 11th on his maiden home event, the British teenager’s race scuppered by strategy.

For Hamilton, his stroke of luck arrived on lap 20 of the 52-lap race when Antonio Giovinazzi beached his Alfa Romeo at Brooklands.

Out came the safety car, and in came Hamilton for his one and only stop.

Hamilton delighted the home crowd
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Bottas had already pitted, and with the field driving slowly, Hamilton was able to nip in for fresh tyres to retain his lead.

The Englishman crossed the line 25 seconds clear of Bottas, surpassing Britain’s double world champion Jim Clark and the Frenchman Alain Prost as the standalone master of his home race.

“What a day, I love you Silverstone,” said Hamilton on his warm-down lap.

Who is on pole for the British Grand Prix? Free live stream as Lewis Hamilton eyes F1 glory at Silverstone again

13 Jul

The British Grand Prix is back this weekend but Lewis Hamilton will not start on pole as he looks to claim a historic sixth win at Silverstone.

The five-time world champion will become the most successful driver ever in his home race should he claim victory.

Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton will be looking for his sixth win at the British Grand Prix
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Hamilton and Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas have dominated this season but Red Bull’s Max Verstappen ended their winning run by taking the Austrian Grand Prix crown last time out.

While Hamilton will be eager for another win, he’ll start behind Bottas on the grid for the race.

British Grand Prix: Qualifying results

Bottas beat Hamilton to pole position for the British Grand Prix by just 0.006 seconds in a dramatic end to qualifying on Saturday.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc will start from third while Verstappen will be fourth on the grid.

Pierre Gasly, Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris make up the rest of the top eight.

British Grand Prix: Date and start time

The 74th edition of the famous race will take place on Sunday, July 14 and will start at 2.10pm.

The race will be held at the Silverstone circuit in Towcester, Northamptonshire.

Mercedes star Valtteri Bottas will start from pole for the British Grand Prix
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British Grand Prix: TV channel and live stream

As per usual, Sky Sports F1 will have all the coverage from the race weekend.

Sky Sports customers can live stream this via the app on their computer, tablet or mobile device. You can also purchase a Sky Sports Day Pass with NowTV for £8.99.

But, due to it being the British Grand Prix, Channel 4 will show the full race weekend.

That means it will be on a free-to-air channel, providing you have a valid TV licence. You will also be able to live stream online on All 4.

Lewis Hamilton has won four of the last five F1 championships
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British Grand Prix: What has been said?

Hamilton said: “Firstly congratulations to Valtteri he did a great job in qualifying, and I wasn’t good enough.

“It got a bit away from us, I sacrificed a lap in Q2 which would’ve helped us, and the second lap in Q3 just wasn’t that good. It’s a long race tomorrow and we’ve got a great crowd here so we’ll see what we can do.

“It’s the best grand prix of the whole year and that is because of the energy the people bring, and the tracks are brilliantly designed, but it’s the people that make this the best.”

Finland’s Bottas said: “It was very good again, it reminds you why you do this. It’s been pretty close all weekend and today with Lewis – it’s good to get a good lap and get pole.

“I knew the first lap was good but it wasn’t perfect and honestly I should’ve improved in the second run and I’m glad it was enough – it’s not easy to get a lap together.”

British Grand Prix: Silverstone contract extension confirmed to secure future of Formula One’s oldest race

10 Jul

A contract has been agreed to keep Formula One at Silverstone which secures the future of the British Grand Prix.

In an announcement made at the Northamptonshire circuit days before this season’s race, the sport’s oldest race was confirmed to remain at Silverstone for another five years.

The original contract, agreed with ex-F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone, had a break clause which meant Sunday’s race was set to be the last unless a new arrangement could be found.

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