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Sunday images from the 2018 F1 British Grand Prix

F1: Silverstone thriller ignites title race

Jul 082018

Pole position, a first lap spin, and then a heroic charge through the pack to the podium. It was a true LH44 master class at Silverstone this weekend.

Ever the perfectionist however, and despite beating the odds by racing from near last to second in front of his home crowds at the 2018 British Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton still wanted more.

The Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport Team driver had started at the front of the grid and was going in search of a record breaking sixth victory at his home race. But he was clipped by Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen at the third corner on the first lap, sending him into a spin and dropping him back to 18th.

Down but definitely not out, Lewis produced one of the best performances of his career to fight back to claim second spot on the podium behind race-winner Sebastian Vettel.

The 125,000 crowd cheered on every one of Lewis's laps as he battled his way back through the field. By lap four, he was 14th. Lap six he was up to 10th, lap 10 he was seventh before then eyeing up Raikkonen. A further two safety cars saw Lewis promoted to third place before a late overtake on his Silver Arrows teammate, Valtteri Bottas saw him go into second place.

The result ignites this thrilling title race, as Vettel now holds a slender eight-point lead in the drivers' championship going into the German Grand Prix on July 25th, which now promises to be a great spectacle.

Lewis said: "This is the greatest race of the year and this is the greatest crowd and I'm sorry I wasn't able to bring it home for you, but thank you for your support. It's you guys that helped me get through today. We'll take it on the chin and keep pushing hard, because believe me I will not give up. I will not give up.


"The team did an amazing job this weekend and we've got so much support but so much pressure for us all. We will do what we can to fight them and improve in the next races, but I'm just so grateful for all the support we had here.


"I sweated my arse off in that race. I pushed absolutely 1,000 per cent. Every bit of energy I had. I didn't have anything left when I came in. I was struggling to stand. It's so physical nowadays. It's different when you're in the lead and can control the pace. I was coming from last."

Valtteri, who was leading the race with only a handful of laps to go, slipped down to finish fourth after his tyres eventually lost grip. He too could not hide his frustration after yet another commanding performance.


Valtteri added: "I'm very disappointed, leading the race and then dropping to fourth in the last few laps feels pretty bad. The others pitted under the safety car, but we took the risk and stayed out to get ahead of Sebastian. It worked out initially, everything felt fine in the beginning. I was giving it everything I could in the re-starts, I had to push like in qualifying, but with about five laps to go, the tyres just could not take it any more."


After an intense run of three back to back races – a first in F1 history – the Silver Arrows have a chance to catch their breath before heading to their second ‘home’ race; the German Grand Prix on July 22nd.