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Tears of joy after Hamilton’s first win since 2021 and his last at Silverstone in a Mercedes

LEWIS Hamilton’s emotional triumph at the British Grand Prix marked a historic and poignant moment in Formula One.

The seven-time world champion ended a 945-day winless streak with a record-breaking ninth victory at Silverstone, in what will be his final home race with Mercedes.

Reuters reports that Hamilton was overcome with emotion after crossing the finish line, shedding tears of joy as he celebrated his 104th career win. The British driver’s voice faltered as he choked back tears while thanking his team and the 164,000 fans in attendance.

“I’m still crying,” Hamilton told former champion Jenson Button during the post-race interview, with the British flag draped around his shoulders. The victory was particularly significant as it will be Hamilton’s last race at Silverstone with Mercedes before his move to Ferrari.

The news agency highlights that this win set multiple records for Hamilton. He became the first F1 driver to win a race in 16 different seasons and the first to win nine times at the same circuit, surpassing Michael Schumacher’s previous record.

Reuters notes that Hamilton finished 1.465 seconds ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in a thrilling race that saw changing weather conditions and strategic pit stops play crucial roles. McLaren’s Lando Norris completed the podium in third place.

The article mentions that Hamilton’s victory came after a long period of dominance by Red Bull and Verstappen, adding to the emotional weight of the moment for both the driver and his team.

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“You couldn’t have written it better for our farewell at the British Grand Prix. That was great,” Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff told Reuters, describing the win as a “fairytale” ending to Hamilton’s tenure with the team at his home race.

By The African Mirror