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Lewis Hamilton breaks F1 record at Silverstone

Britain’s Lewis Hamilton has broken yet another Formula 1 record.

The 34-year-old surpassed Jim Clark and Alain Prost by winning the British GP for a record sixth time.

The championship pace-setter got the better of teammate Valtteri Bottas, who started on pole, to take the lead and from that stage never looked like relinquishing his advantage.

Hamilton led by over 20 seconds entering the final laps of the race and cruised to his sixth win in the race, surpassing both Clark and Prost and moving two clear of Nigel Mansell.

With Bottas second, it was another dominant display from the Silver Arrows who are on course for their sixth constructors’ title in succession.

‘Honestly I’m a bit out of breath,’ Hamilton told compatriot and former world champion Jenson Button.

‘I can’t tell you how proud I am to be here today in front of my home crowd.

‘There’s so many British flags out there and every year I see it and you think you get used to it but it feels like the first time and I’m forever grateful to everyone out here I hope you enjoyed the day.

‘I couldn’t have done it without these guys, I couldn’t have done it without the team and everyone at the factory and their family who support them with all the time they spend away, they work so hard in their jobs.

‘There’s nearly 2,000 people who make this possible and I’m just a chink in the chain and I’m super proud to be a part of this.’

The real drama in the race came in an incident between Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen, as Vettel ploughed into the back of the Red Bull on lap 37.

Both drivers were somehow able to continue, Verstappen finishing an excellent fifth, but Vettel incurred a 10-second penalty and was outside of the points as his frustrating season continued.

The German’s misery was compounded by an excellent drive from Ferrari team-mate Charles Leclerc, who took the final podium spot in a procession for Mercedes and Hamilton, who crowned a superb display with the lap record on the final circuit.

Hamilton’s Britishness questioned

Hamilton took part in a press conference ahead of this race. During the conference, a journalist suggested people had queried his Britishness and accent due to him living in Monaco and spending time in America. She asked him: “Why do you think people question your Britishness?” Lewis was taken aback by the question, as he hesitantly replied: “I don’t really know,” before adding he didn’t have a “good answer”.

The racer then went on to say he knew various other racers including Jenson Button who had immigrated to Monaco, claiming “nobody said anything at the time”.

He then acknowledged that when he moved to Monaco people had something to say about it.

Lewis added Britain was where his “heart is” after he spoke of his favourite things in the UK.

TV Presenter Piers Morgan, 54, shared the clip in view of his 6.5 million followers, telling fans he was disgusted by the question.

He wrote: “Absolutely disgusting that anyone is even questioning @LewisHamilton’s Britishness.

“One of the greatest British sportsmen in history, a man who’s always spoken so proudly of being British, and as he says, someone who’s flown the flag higher than any other Briton in his sport.”

TNT Sport

Photo Credit: Guardian Sport

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