Hamilton ends wait for win with record British Grand Prix victory

Lewis Hamilton triumphed in a thrilling British Grand Prix to claim a record ninth victory at Silverstone and end a run of 56 races without a win.

Lee Parker

By Lee Parker
Published on July 7, 2024

Lewis Hamilton 2024 British Grand Prix Winner
Lewis Hamilton the 2024 British Grand Prix Winner for Mercedes // Image: Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton claimed a long-awaited and record-breaking ninth British Grand Prix victory in a thrilling race at Silverstone, holding off a challenge from Lando Norris to take the win.

While pole-sitter George Russell initially led from Hamilton as the race began, an exciting battle unfolded between the two Mercedes cars and the McLaren pair of Norris and Oscar Piastri amid changing weather conditions.

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The lead changed hands as the field switched to intermediate tyres after the opening phase of the race. Later, as the skies cleared, Hamilton capitalized on pitting for slicks one lap before Norris—who also faced a slow pit stop—to become the new race leader.

Russell retired with a water system issue, and Max Verstappen snatched P2 from Norris in the latter stages. Hamilton held his position to clinch an emotional victory, marking a record ninth win in a single Grand Prix and his first P1 result since the 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

Despite looking increasingly quick on hard tyres in the final laps, Verstappen did not have enough time to fight for the lead and crossed the line in P2 for Red Bull, while Norris completed the podium in third.

Piastri took fourth, ahead of Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz in fifth and an impressive Nico Hulkenberg in sixth for Haas. Aston Martin had a better weekend, with Lance Stroll and Fernando Alonso finishing seventh and eighth, respectively, while Alex Albon scored two valuable points for Williams in ninth.

Yuki Tsunoda rounded out the top 10 for RB, with Logan Sargeant just missing out for Williams in P11, followed by Haas’s Kevin Magnussen in P12 and RB’s Daniel Ricciardo in P13.

It was a disappointing outcome for Charles Leclerc, who had made gains earlier but slipped backwards after an early switch to intermediate tyres, eventually crossing the line in P14.

Valtteri Bottas was the lead Kick Sauber in 15th, while Esteban Ocon claimed 16th in a tough day for Alpine. Sergio Perez faced another challenging outing, ending the day in 17th.

Zhou Guanyu was the final classified runner in P18 for Kick Sauber, while Russell was one of two retirees due to the aforementioned water system issue.

Pierre Gasly also failed to finish, having returned to the pits at the end of the formation lap. It later transpired that the Alpine suffered from a gearbox problem.

2024 British Grand Prix race results

The 2024 British Grand Prix Race was held on 7 July 2024, at 3:00 pm local time.

144Lewis HamiltonMercedes521:22:27.05925
21Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing Honda RBPT52+1.465s18
34Lando NorrisMcLaren Mercedes52+7.547s15
481Oscar PiastriMcLaren Mercedes52+12.429s12
555Carlos SainzFerrari52+47.318s11
627Nico HulkenbergHaas Ferrari52+55.722s8
718Lance StrollAston Martin Aramco Mercedes52+56.569s6
814Fernando AlonsoAston Martin Aramco Mercedes52+63.577s4
923Alexander AlbonWilliams Mercedes52+68.387s2
1022Yuki TsunodaRB Honda RBPT52+79.303s1
112Logan SargeantWilliams Mercedes52+88.960s0
1220Kevin MagnussenHaas Ferrari52+90.153s0
133Daniel RicciardoRB Honda RBPT51+1 lap0
1416Charles LeclercFerrari51+1 lap0
1577Valtteri BottasKick Sauber Ferrari51+1 lap0
1631Esteban OconAlpine Renault50+2 laps0
1711Sergio PerezRed Bull Racing Honda RBPT50+2 laps0
1824Zhou GuanyuKick Sauber Ferrari50+2 laps0
NC63George RussellMercedes33DNF0
NC10Pierre GaslyAlpine Renault0DNS0
1Fastest lap: Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) – 1:28.293 (lap 52)

Lewis Hamilton’s headline stats

The headline stats from the 2024 British Grand Prix inevitably focus on the remarkable longevity of its winner, Lewis Hamilton, who either broke or extended several F1 records as he beat Max Verstappen and Lando Norris to victory at Silverstone. Here are the highlights:

  • Hamilton ended a 56-race streak without a win; his last victory was at the 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
  • It was his ninth win at Silverstone, setting an F1 record for the most wins at a single circuit.
  • At 39 years and 182 days old, he became the oldest F1 race winner of the 21st century.
  • This marks his 12th consecutive Silverstone podium and his 15th overall at the venue, extending his F1 record for a single circuit.
  • No driver has ever won a Grand Prix beyond their 300th start—this was Hamilton’s 344th.
  • Hamilton is the sixth different race winner in the first 12 races of 2024; there were only three winners in all of 2023.
  • With 17 years and one month between his first career win and this one, Hamilton holds the record for the longest interval between first and latest wins (previously held by Kimi Raikkonen at 15 years).
  • This victory was Hamilton’s 150th podium finish for Mercedes and the 199th of his career.
  • He is the first driver outside of Norris or the Ferrari drivers to win Driver of the Day in 2024.

Source: Formula1.com

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Lee Parker
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Lee is our staff writer specialising in anything technical within Formula 1 from aerodynamics to engines. Lee writes most of our F1 guides for beginners and experienced fans having followed the sports since 1991, researching and understanding how teams build the ultimate machines. Like everyone else on the team he listens to podcasts about F1 and enjoys reading biographies of former drivers.

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