Getty Images

F1: Lewis Hamilton wins record sixth British GP

4 Comments

Lewis Hamilton has won his home Grand Prix for a record sixth time.

Hamilton would take the checkered flag in the British Grand Prix at the Silverstone Circuit Sunday afternoon for his seventh win of the 2019 season.

With his victory in the race, the Briton also became the winningest driver in British GP history, passing F1 legends Jim Clark and Alain Prost.

The Mercedes driver, who started second after he lost the pole position to his teammate Valterri Bottas by the slimmest of margins Satruday afternoon, took the lead in the race on lap 21 while the field behind the safety car due to Antonio Giovinazzi spinning into the gravel pit at Vale corner.

With Bottas having pitted a few laps earlier, Hamilton’s crew was able to perform a quick pit stop that allowed him to emerge in front of the pack and take the lead while the rest of the field was slow behind the safety car.

After he took the lead in the race, Hamilton never had to look back, as defending World Champion won by nearly 25 seconds over his teammate.

“[I] can’t tell you how proud I am to be here today,” Hamilton said following the race. “I’m forever grateful to [all the fans] who came. I couldn’t have done it without my team. I’m super proud to be a part of this”.

Charles Leclerc finished the race in the third position, while Pierre Gasly finished fourth for his career-best finish.

Max Verstappen was on-track for a podium finish, however the Austrian GP winner would have to settle for a fifth-place finish after Sebastian Vettel hit him from the back on lap 37, sending both cars off-track.

Both drivers managed to finish the race, however Vettel ended up finishing 16th after being issued a 10-second penalty by race control for causing a collision.

Carlos Sainz finished sixth for McLaren, while Daniel Riccardo, Kimi Raikkonen, Daniil Kvyat and Nico Hulkenberg rounded out the top 10.

Lando Norris, the only other British driver in the race, finished 11th in his first British GP.

Full race results are below. The next race of the 2019 Formula One World Championship is the German Grand Prix on July 28.

Follow Michael Eubanks on Twitter 

Kyle Busch happy with first stint: ‘Put me in the car, there’s excitement!’

AP Photo/Terry Renna
Leave a comment

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Rolex 24 at Daytona debut of the “KB Show” was cut short by a strategy maneuver but still delivered drama and a positive result.

Kyle Busch got the No. 14 RCF GT3 Lexus back on the lead lap and back in contention for a GTD victory at Daytona International Speedway.

“It was good,” Kyle Busch said with a broad smile after a 42-minute stint. “Just, uh, shit, put me in the car, and there’s excitement around! Drove all my way back to the lead lap and everything.

“Overall, we’ve had a good experience and hell I only got one stint in, so I’m ready for more. Sign me up, coach!”

The two-time Cup champion was expected to drive for at least 90 minutes, but the first full-course caution of the race (with 19 hours and 16 minutes remaining) caused AIM Vasser Sullivan to change up its drive plan. Busch was called to the pits in favor of Parker Chase.

“With all the strategy and the way the wave-bys work here, it’s quite different than what we’re accustomed to (in NASCAR),” said Busch, who likely will drive longer now later in the race. “That wasn’t bad. To get ourselves back on the lead lap and back to a position where we can start scrapping again hopefully is what we needed.

“So I got one stint in, but I’m trying to save myself and (teammate) Jack (Hawksworth) for a little later.”

Busch climbed into the car shortly after 6 p.m. as the last of the No. 14’s four drivers. He complained a few times on his radio about traffic, which he said was his biggest challenge.

“There were a couple of instances we ran down a smaller car, and (it was) just mirror driving in front of us,” he said. “That was pretty bad. We lost probably 2 seconds on that. Overall, I guess that’s road racing.

The yellow flag was exactly what Busch’s team needed after being forced to start from the rear of the field when it missed qualifying because of an engine change. Hawksworth, who started the race, said the car was “quick in the wrong places and slow in the right places” after struggling with handling and speed in the first stint.

“I don’t feel we’re out of it,” Hawksworth said. “It’s a very long race. Still early days. We need to work on having speed for the end of the race. The position right now doesn’t really make any difference. We’ll need to find some performance at the end of the race to fight for the win.”