Can Lewis Hamilton be stopped?
That might be the easiest question to answer after Sunday’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone after Hamilton took home another first-place finish in the British GP. Hamilton earned his seventh career win at Silverstone, extending his own record, and he did so with with a popped tire in the final lap of the race. Luckily for Hamilton, he was 30 seconds up on second-place Max Verstappen.
Interestingly, Hamilton wasn’t the only Mercedes driver with tire issues, with teammate Valtteri Bottas having a blowout in the closing laps of the race, allowing Verstappen to overtake him. It also opened the door for Charles Leclerc to take a podium spot after holding firm in fourth all race.
A dramatic final minute at Silverstone, as @LewisHamilton and his Mercedes hold on for a famous victory! 😮 🏆#BritishGP 🇬🇧 #F1 pic.twitter.com/CmD8hrz2Fw— Formula 1 (@F1) August 2, 2020
Hamilton has now won the last three races in dominating fashion, with victories at the Styrian and Hungarian GPs in July. Silverstone proved more of the same. Hamilton has dominated the circuit while behind the wheel for Mercedes, taking home British GP victories in five of the last six years.
So, to revisit: Can Hamilton be stopped en route to another F1 championship? If a flat tire can’t stop him, then what can?
Sporting News tracked live updates, highlights and more from Round 4 of the 2020 F1 season below.
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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 a.m. PODIUM: Hamilton finishes the race just ahead of Verstappen after popping his left front tire. Leclerc finishes third, taking a podium spot after Bottas loses his left front tire in the closing laps of the British GP. Insane end.
It’s a magnificent 7️⃣th win for @LewisHamilton at Silverstone 👏👏👏— Formula 1 (@F1) August 2, 2020
What an incredible finish!
Max Verstappen takes second with Charles Leclerc in third! #BritishGP 🇬🇧 #F1 pic.twitter.com/hFpfHHKn0I
10:41 a.m.: Lewis Hamilton has lost his left front tire. Verstappen is closing, but Hamilton takes the race. Unreal end.
10:37 a.m.: Bottas has lost his left front tire. Verstappen has overtaken Bottas. Wow. Drama in the closing laps.
10:35 a.m.: Four laps to go and Hamilton, Bottas and Verstappen comprise your podium. Verstappen
10:31 a.m.: Alex Albon moving up from 17th to 13th, and then into 12th, with Vettel ahead of him.
10:25 a.m.: An interesting development: Bottas says he’s sensing a vibration in his car, and Verstappen just set the fastest lap for the race. Verstappen catching up isn’t out of the question here, depending on what Bottas decides to do here.
10:22 a.m.: Another disappointing day for Sebastian Vettel.
LAP 39/52— Formula 1 (@F1) August 2, 2020
Superb move from Gasly as he passes Vettel to take P10 and move into the points! #BritishGP 🇬🇧 #F1 pic.twitter.com/5k7GnWPbCh
10:17 a.m.: 15 laps left and Hamilton and Bottas are dominating the field, somewhat unsurprisingly.
10:13 a.m.: And now Hamilton takes the fastest lap from Bottas.
10:07 a.m.: Bottas currently holds the fastest lap, he’s behind teammate Hamilton by just under two seconds.
9:56 a.m.: Carlos Sainz powers past Romain Grosjean and he’s into the top five.
9:51 a.m.: Alex Albon is assessed a five-second penalty for the wreck with Magnussen. Teammates Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz fighting for sixth place.
9:46 a.m.: Kvyat’s car is finally on the rig and heading off. Should have racing again soon.
9:44 a.m.: Lewis Hamilton seems disappointed with the speed of the safety car, begging him to speed up.
LAP 17/52— Formula 1 (@F1) August 2, 2020
Hamilton like a coiled spring behind the Safety Car as he complains it’s not going quick enough over team radio
Get ready for fireworks at the restart… #BritishGP 🇬🇧 #F1 pic.twitter.com/Qet8VaAZSf
9:35 a.m.: Daniil Kvyat is wrecked. The safety car and medical car are out. Looks like he just lost grip heading into a turn. His day is done.
9:32 a.m.: It’s all Team Mercedes early on through lap 11. Hamilton and Bottas opening up a lead on Verstappen and Leclerc.
9:27 a.m.: Vettel is sitting in 10th — just sitting in 10th. Hamilton opening up a lead on Bottas, with Verstappen, Leclerc and Sainz rounding out the top five.
9:26 a.m.: Albon is pitting early, effects of the collision? Potentially.
9:24 a.m.: Safety car is heading off and racing will resume shortly.
9:15 a.m.: Safety car is is out as Alex Albon and Kevin Magnussen collide. Magnussen is wrecked and heads into the wall. His day is done.
LAP 2/52— Formula 1 (@F1) August 2, 2020
Safety Car is out early at Silverstone after a collision between Albon and Magnussen 💥 #BritishGP 🇬🇧 #F1 pic.twitter.com/sQj147ARU0
9:14 a.m.: Hamilton leads Bottas, Verstappen, Leclerc early on. A quick start for Leclerc as he and Verstappen jockey for third.
9:10 a.m.: Nico Hulkenberg is out after an issue with with his car. This comes after he got the start for Racing Point after Sergio Perez tested positive for COVID-19.
BREAKING: Nico Hulkenberg is out of the British Grand Prix and will not start Sunday’s race following an issue with his car #BritishGP 🇬🇧 #F1 pic.twitter.com/vIYEgHXmiL— Formula 1 (@F1) August 2, 2020
9:01 a.m.: Drivers are strapping up and in, and we’re a few minutes from lights out at Silverstone Circuit.
8:53 a.m.: F1 drivers delivering a powerful message to start the day:
END RACISM #WeRaceAsOne #F1 pic.twitter.com/pOKDuM8eYa— Formula 1 (@F1) August 2, 2020
British Grand Prix starting lineup
STARTING GRID: BRITISH GRAND PRIX 🚦— Formula 1 (@F1) August 2, 2020
Here’s how the drivers will line up when the lights go out at Silverstone on Sunday 👀 #BritishGP 🇬🇧 #F1 pic.twitter.com/b4UnBrPVag
|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|