Lewis Hamilton wins dramatic British Grand Prix after Max Verstappen crash

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Lewis Hamilton capped a dramatic British Grand Prix by overtaking Charles Leclerc in the final laps of an incredible home race.

The Mercedes man started second on the grid behind title rival Max Verstappen after Saturday's sprint race.

But just halfway through the opening lap, disaster struck for the Red Bull driver, who veered wildly off the track after colliding with Hamilton.

The Brit, who was overtaken Leclerc in the aftermath of the incident, started second when the race finally restarted.

But Formula One race control handed him a 10-second pit-stop penalty for his role in the crash, despite fans calling it a racing incident.

And after dropping back to fourth on the grid after his pit stop, Hamilton raced through the pack to finally catch Ferrari's Leclerc with just two laps remaining.

At the same corner he edged Verstappen wide, he finally managed to topple Leclerc in lap 50.

The supporters packed into Silverstone erupted as the fan-favourite crossed the line in front to earn a huge victory in the battle for the 2021 title.

But it was heartbreak for Leclerc, who led from the restart until seconds before the penultimate lap.

Hamilton now sits eight points behind Verstappen, who will be ruing what could have been after winning Saturday's sprint race.

The Dutchman was lucky to escape the opening lap incident unscathed after hitting the barriers at 180 MPH.

Pictures showed his Red Bull was completely destroyed after the crash, and will need serious work to be ready in time for the race.

As for team boss Christian Horner, he wanted the penalty to be greater after calling the crash "dangerous driving" from Hamilton.

"Look, that corner. He was never anywhere near alongside," he said.

"Any driver who has ever driven this circuit knows you do not stick a wheel up the inside of Copose. It was an enormous accident.

"That was 100 per cent Max's corner. Thank God he's walked away unscathed.

"I hope you're going to deal with it appropriately."

  • Lewis Hamilton
  • F1
  • Max Verstappen
  • Ferrari
  • Mercedes
  • Formula One

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