8 July 2018

Six hours after the race

The British Grand Prix was supposed to have a rather different script, with Lewis Hamilton expected to score his sixth victory in front of his home crowd. He was on pole but when the lights went out, he was beaten away by Sebastian Vettel. And then Kimi Raikkonen crashed into him at the third corner and Lewis was suddenly at the back of the field. And thus began an epic climb through the field to third place before the pit stops. He then dropped back to sixth and began to chase the leaders again when Marcus Ericsson crashed and a Safety Car was sent out. The Mercedes strategists gambled. They left Lewis out with older tyres. That jumped him up to third. They did the same for Valtteri Bottas, who moved into the lead. But both Mercedes drivers had to hold off the Ferraris on newer rubber in the closing laps of the race. It was a great spectacle but Bottas could not hold back Vettel, but behind them Hamilton stayed ahead of Raikkonen and ended the day as runner-up, the strategy having worked for him. It wasn't a victory but Hamilton had written another great chapter in the history of the British Grand Prix.

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