London | Jagran Sports Desk: Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton won a record sixth British Grand Prix and claimed his 80th career victory on Sunday. The Brit took benefit of the safety car being deployed to race 25 seconds ahead of his Mercedes teammate Valterri Bottas. The victory was special as it came in front of the home soil.

Charles Leclerc of Ferrari was third. Pierre Gasly finished fourth ahead of his Red Bull team-mate Max Verstappen, whose race was compromised by a late collision when Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari drove into him, and Carlos Sainz of McLaren. Daniel Ricciardo was seventh for Renault ahead of Kimi Raikkonen of Alfa Romeo, Daniil Kvyat and his Toro Rosso team-mate Alex Albon.

The win helped Hamilton extended his championship lead to move ahead of Jim Clark and Alain Prost in British GP. Hamilton has won seven out of 10 races this season and eyeing his 6th Formula 1 championship title continues to be on top of the points table with 223 points, 39 points ahead of Bottas. The five-time F1 champion, Hamilton completed 52 laps in 1:21:08.452

A 141,000 crowd was available at the scene in Silverstone, London despite Wimbledon final and Cricket World Cup final.

"What a day," said Hamilton. "To all the crowd, thank-you so much for coming out."
Hamilton, who stopped on his slow-down lap to collect a British 'Union Jack' flag, added: "I love you, Silverstone. I appreciate everything and the opportunity to be a part of this. I couldn't have done this without these guys or without my team."

A glum Bottas said: "Congrats to Lewis... It wasn't my day."

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma