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Lewis Hamilton Performs Undercut, Wins 2024 British Grand Prix

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The seven-time champion is back on top of the podium.

It was a rainy afternoon at the Silverstone Circuit, and the conditions produced another exciting race as Lewis Hamilton took his 104th career F1 win by 1.465 seconds in the British Grand Prix, his first victory in 56 races since the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in 2021.

Hamilton also broke the record for the most wins at a single track previously held by Michael Schumacher, winning his ninth race at Silverstone.

“Since 2021, everyday, getting up trying to fight, to train, to put my mind to the task and work as hard as can with this amazing team – this is my last race here, the British Grand Prix, with this team,” Hamilton said to Sky Sports. “I wanted to win this so much for them because I love them. I appreciate them so much for all the work they’ve been putting in all of these years. I’m forever grateful to everyone on this team, everyone at Mercedes and all of our partners and, otherwise, to all of our incredible fans. I could see you lap-by-lap as I was coming around. There’s just no better feeling than to finish at the front here.”

Max Verstappen passed Lando Norris in the closing laps to make up the podium. Oscar Piastri and Carlos Sainz completed the top five.

Niko Hulkenburg, Lance Stroll, Fernando Alonso, Alex Albon and Yuki Tsunoda complete the top 10.

George Russell won the pole and led the opening laps, but as the first cell of rain started to fall around lap 15, Hamilton passed his Mercedes teammate to take his first lead of the race.

The 39-year-old didn’t hold it for long as the McLarens of Norris and Piastri had faster pace in the damp conditions and rocketed past both Russell and Hamilton.

Norris would hold a three-second lead as the skies continued to pour, but in the final 15 laps of the race, the sun came back out, allowing Mercedes to perform the undercut on Norris.

Norris joined Hamilton in pitting for soft tires instead of putting on a set of medium tires like his McLaren teammate Piastri. Hamilton and his Mercedes team wound up being two seconds faster on pit road than Norris to take and ultimately keep the lead.

“First of all, congrats to Lewis,” Norris said. “That crucial decision at the end, he just did a better job on. So, hats off to him and Mercedes. They deserve it. It was tough. It was enjoyable. It was fun battling these guys, and these tricky conditions are always on a knife’s edge, and you’re…

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