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Hamilton’s historic win: Triumph and drama at British Grand Prix

The 2024 F1 British Grand Prix at Silverstone on Sunday, July 7, was a thrilling spectacle, with rain adding to the drama and producing the season’s sixth individual winner. Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton delighted the home crowd with a long-awaited victory.

However, it wasn’t a flawless day for the Mercedes team. Fellow Brit and teammate George Russell was forced to retire on lap 34 due to a suspected water system failure, dashing his hopes of a home win after leading much of the race.

Hamilton’s fans had every reason to celebrate. The seven-time world champion ended a 945-day winless streak with a hard-fought victory over Red Bull’s Max Verstappen. This win also marked Hamilton’s ninth victory at Silverstone, setting a new F1 record for the most wins at a single venue.

An emotional Hamilton, 39, called the win a career highlight, stating, “I can’t stop crying,” reflecting on the mental health battles he’s faced since his last victory. With Hamilton set to join Ferrari next year, this win is a fitting end to his dominant era with Mercedes at Silverstone.

F1 betting enthusiasts who wagered on Hamilton were well-rewarded, with odds of $20.00 early on, narrowing to $3.25 by race start. Lando Norris, another Brit, looked poised for a strong finish but was hampered by McLaren’s race strategy, ultimately finishing behind Hamilton and Verstappen.

Norris, starting from P3, initially lost his position to Verstappen but reclaimed it mid-race. However, a slow pit stop and the decision to use slick tyres in the final stint cost him dearly as Hamilton and Verstappen outpaced him.

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This year’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone was a testament to the unpredictable nature of F1 racing, with hometown heroics, strategic missteps, and standout performances making it a race to remember.

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