Hamilton: Silverstone victory felt like “first win”
Lewis Hamilton has said that his victory at the British Grand Prix last weekend felt like “the first win” he ever had.
Hamilton took advantage of the safety car period to jump his teammate Valterri Bottas for the lead and went on to win a record sixth victory at the Silverstone circuit.
Despite having won the British Grand Prix so many times, Hamilton said it was like he had never won before.
“I remember my first win here in 2008 and the feeling that I had coming out of Brooklands and going down the straight and seeing the crowd, it felt so reminiscent of that today” commented Hamilton.
“The excitement and happiness and joy that I felt were exactly the same back then”.
“You would think that after so many races you get used to it and the feeling would numb down but it felt like the first win I ever had.”
That win took Hamilton’s total tally to 80 victories, just 11 short of Michael Schumacher’s all-time record.
Mercedes in dominant form
With Hamilton contracted with Mercedes until the end of next season it is possible he will be able to better Schumacher’s 91 wins and Hamilton took the time to thank his team for all their efforts.
“I’m really grateful to all of those people that have helped me achieve this today” added Hamilton.
“I have this incredible team behind me and it’s really amazing to be a part of it, to be breaking down walls and records and pushing the limits and boundaries every weekend.”
Hamilton has now extended his lead in the championship to 39 points and that ensures he will be the championship leader going into the summer break regardless of what happens at the next race in Hungary on the 4th August.
Mercedes have been dominant all season and the British Grand Prix was the seventh 1-2 for the team this year. They have now accumulated 407 points so far and are 164 points ahead of Ferrari in second.