Lewis Hamilton survives late drama to secure seventh British Grand Prix victory

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Race winner Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton holds his trophies on the podium. Credit: PA

Lewis Hamilton survived an extraordinary last-lap puncture to win the British Grand Prix for a remarkable seventh time.

Hamilton appeared on course to cruise to victory but limped over the line - virtually on three wheels - following the late drama at Silverstone.

Leading from start to finish, the Mercedes driver kept his cool despite the puncture, and now moves 30 points clear of Valtteri Bottas.

The result leaves the 35-year-old from Stevenage continuing his seemingly inevitable march towards a record-equalling seventh world crown.

"Up until that last lap, everything was smooth sailing," Hamilton said.

"When I heard Valtteri’s tyre went I looked at mine and everything seemed fine.

"The car was still turning, and the last laps I started to back off and then the tyre deflated.

"It was definitely heart in the mouth.

"You could see the tyre was falling off the rim.

"Oh my God, I was just praying to get it round.

"I nearly didn’t do it, but thank God we did.

"I had never experienced anything like that on the last lap.

"My heart almost stopped."

Hamilton recovered from a rare spin in qualifying to take pole position - with the fastest lap ever recorded at Silverstone.

Lewis Hamilton and other drivers took the knee ahead of the race. Credit: AP

Ahead of the race the world champion took the knee as F1 drivers united for an anti-racism video.

Hamilton was joined by 12 drivers, with seven – including Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc – electing to stand.

As with previous rounds, the 35-year-old wore a Black Lives Matter T-shirt - while the other drivers wore tops with the End Racism message.

The choreographed gathering at the front of the grid followed a video of the drivers declaring they were united in the fight against racism.