Can Lewis Hamilton be stopped?
That is perhaps the easiest question to answer after Sunday’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone after Hamilton again took first place in the British GP. Hamilton achieved his seventh career win at Silverstone, extending his own record with a broken tire in the last lap of the race. Fortunately for Hamilton, he was 30 seconds higher in second place Max Verstappen.
Interestingly, Hamilton wasn’t the only Mercedes driver with tire issues, while teammate Valtteri Bottas was hit in the final laps of the race, allowing Verstappen to overtake him. It also opened the door for Charles Leclerc to take a podium finish after holding fourth in the race.
Hamilton has now won the last three races in a dominant fashion, with victories at the Styria and Hungary GP in July. Silverstone turned out to be more of the same. Hamilton dominated the circuit while behind the wheel for Mercedes, taking British GP wins in five of the past six years.
So to come back: can Hamilton be stopped en route to another F1 championship? If a flat tire can’t stop it, what can it do?
Sporting News followed live updates, highlights and more from Round 4 of the 2020 F1 season below.
(All times east)
Formula 1 Results: British Grand Prix
|2||Max Verstappen||Red Bull|
|8||Alex Albon||Red Bull|
|9||Lance Stroll||Racing Point|
|14||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo|
|17||Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo|
|DNF||Nico Hulkenberg||Racing Point|
10:43 STAGE: Hamilton finishes the race just before Verstappen after popping his left front tire. Leclerc finished third, with a podium finish after Bottas lost his left front tire in the final laps of the British GP. Incredible ending.
10:41 am: Lewis Hamilton has lost his left front tire. Verstappen closes, but Hamilton takes the race. Unreal ending.
10:37 am: Bottas has lost his left front tire. Verstappen caught up with Bottas. Wow. Drama in the last rounds.
10:35 am: Four more laps to go and Hamilton, Bottas and Verstappen form your podium. Verstappen
10:31 am: Alex Albon rose from 17 to 13, then 12, with Vettel ahead of him.
10:25 am: An interesting development: Bottas says he feels a vibration in his car and Verstappen has just driven the fastest lap of the race. Overtaking Verstappen is not excluded here, depending on what Bottas decides to do here.
10:22 am: Another disappointing day for Sebastian Vettel.
10:17 am: 15 more laps and Hamilton and Bottas dominate the field, somewhat unsurprisingly.
10:13 am: And now Hamilton takes the fastest lap of Bottas.
10:07 am: Bottas currently has the fastest lap, being just under two seconds behind teammate Hamilton.
9:56 am: Carlos Sainz drives past Romain Grosjean and is in the top five.
9:51 am: Alex Albon will receive a five-second penalty for the wreck with Magnussen. Teammates Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz compete for sixth place.
9:46 am: Kvyat’s car is finally on the rig and leaving. Racing again soon.
9:44 am: Lewis Hamilton seems disappointed with the speed of the safety car and begs to accelerate.
9:35 am: Daniil Kvyat has been destroyed. The safety car and the medical car are out. It looks like he lost grip on a corner. His day is over.
9:32 am: It is all Team Mercedes in the beginning up to and including round 11. Hamilton and Bottas open a lead over Verstappen and Leclerc.
9:27 am: Vettel is in 10th place – he’s just in 10th place. Hamilton opens up ahead of Bottas, with Verstappen, Leclerc and Sainz rounding out the top five.
9:26 am: Albon is down early, effects of the collision? Possibly.
9:24 am: The safety car is coming and racing will resume soon.
9:15 am: Safety car is out when Alex Albon and Kevin Magnussen collide. Magnussen has been destroyed and goes into the wall. His day is over.
9:14 am: Hamilton leads Bottas, Verstappen, Leclerc early on. A quick start for Leclerc as he and Verstappen jockey for third.
9:10 am: Nico Hulkenberg is out after a problem with his car. This comes after he got the start for Racing Point after Sergio Perez tested positive for COVID-19.
9:01 am: There are drivers on and off, and we are minutes away from the lights on Silverstone Circuit.
8:53 am: F1 drivers deliver a powerful message to start the day:
British Grand Prix starting grid
|Grid position||Driver||Team||Lap time|
|3||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||1.25.325|
|6||Lance Stroll||Racing Point||1’25,839|
|7||Carlos Sainz Jr.||McLaren||1’25,965|
|12||Alex Albon||Red Bull||1’26,545|
|13||Nico Hulkenberg||Racing Point||1’26,566|
|15||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo||1’27,164|
|16||Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo||1’27,366|