Lewis Hamilton's record eight British Grand Prix victories


Lewis Hamilton has now won the British Grand Prix for a record eighth time. See the pictures and recall the dramas of every victory at Silverstone

Lewis Hamilton holds the trophy after he wins the 2021 British Grand Prix

Hamilton gets his hands on the Royal Automobile Club Trophy for the eighth time

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In 1967, Jim Clark won his fifth British Grand Prix, setting a record that had never been surpassed — until Lewis Hamilton arrived on the scene.

The Mercedes driver’s 2019 win moved him ahead of Clark (and Alain Prost), and he’s not stopped since, winning both races since then to clock up eight British Grand Prix victories.

From his first win, as a 23-year-old, in 2008 to his latest triumph, the sequence of success tells the story of the most successful Formula 1 driver of all time, as he grew in confidence and experience, demonstrating crushing racecraft, sensational speed, and introducing new celebrations that bring fans closer to the post-race party.

This is the story of Lewis Hamilton’s record-breaking victories in pictures, and from the original race reports.



Lewis Hamilton crosses the line to win the 2008 British Grand Prix

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Lewis Hamilton signs autographs with fans after winning the 2008 British Grand Prix

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A masterpiece, was Nigel Roebuck’s verdict on Lewis Hamilton’s first British Grand Prix victory, in his world championship-winning year of 2008.

In wet conditions, where more experienced drivers were repeatedly being caught out, the 23-year-old Hamilton drove an assured race to finish more than a minute ahead of the entire field in his McLaren.

On the podium, with Nick Heidfeld to his right and Rubens Barrichello to his left, Hamilton soaked up the cheers of his home crowd; acclaim that he wouldn’t hear again for another six years.

2008 British Grand Prix race report



Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the 2014 British Grand Prix


Lewis Hamilton waves to the crowd at the 2014 British Grand Prix

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A rare qualifying misjudgement from Lewis Hamilton left the Mercedes driver — in his second season with the team — starting from the third row of the grid, while his team-mate and chief title rival Nico Rosberg started from pole.

But anyone writing off Hamilton hadn’t reckoned on his searing pace. The race was red-flagged on the first lap and delayed after Kimi Räikkönen crashed heavily on the Wellington Straight, but Hamilton maintained focus during the delay of more than an hour before the race was restarted.

Springing away from the lights, he dispensed with the cars ahead, and was in second place, with a five-second gap to Rosberg on lap four. The crowd thrilled to the chase that Hamilton had begun, as he hunted down Rosberg, shrugging off a pitstop delay, to bear down on the German.

Sadly, a gearbox failure robbed fans of a duel for the lead, leaving Hamilton to pull out a crushing 30-second lead over the eventual second-place finisher Valtteri Bottas in a Williams. The celebrations at the end showed that they weren’t too disappointed.

2014 British Grand Prix report



Lewis Hamilton lifts his winning trophy in front of the Silverstone crowd after the 2015 British Grand Prix

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Lewis Hamilton gives the thumbs up from his Mercedes cockpit after winning the 2015 British Grand Prix

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Rain again marked a Hamilton victory at Silverstone. Williams took an early 1-2 lead in the race but Mercedes’ devastating tactical superiority in the pits, enabled Hamilton to take the lead, with both Williams’ providing a buffer between him and team-mate Rosberg.

It looked like another easy win for the Englishman until the rain arrived on part of the track. With fresher tyres, Rosberg had more grip on the damp track than the cards ahead and quickly began to gain ground, passing the Williams then closing in on Lewis in front of a horrified crowd.

This was the moment for an instinctive decision and Hamilton dived into the pits just as the heavens opened. His new green intermediate tyres were perfect for the conditions, unlike Rosberg’s slicks, which forced him to slow: win three at the British Grand Prix for Hamilton, and an emotional one judging by the podium pictures.

2015 British Grand Prix report



Lewis Hamilton celebrates after winning the 2016 British Grand Prix

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Champagne on the podium after the 2016 British Grand Prix

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Starting behind the safety car (thanks to more rain), the Silverstone crowd were forced to wait for Hamilton’s crushing display of superiority in 2016.

When the safety car pulled in, he disappeared into the distance, with a lead of two seconds before the end of a single racing lap.

Behind Hamilton, Max Verstappen battled with Rosberg for second, but the Brit was untouchable. “I just couldn’t reach him this weekend,” said Rosberg, who would go on to win the championship that year.

Hamilton lapped up the plaudits and put on a show for the ecstatic fans: bowing to the grandstands, hurling the Royal Automobile Club trophy into the air and crowd surfing for what was thought to be the first time at a Grand Prix.

2016 British Grand Prix report



Lewis Hamilton kisses his Mercedes after winning the 2017 British Grand Prix

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Lewis Hamilton meets the crowd at the 2017 British Grand Prix

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2017 was the year in which Hamilton perfected his trophy throw, sending it high above the podium next to a nervous-looking Valtteri Bottas. This was the year that Hamilton really was the master of Silverstone, as he equalled Jim Clark’s record of four consecutive grand prix victories.

Leading from the lights, Hamilton maintained a steady gap between himself and the Ferraris behind. Not only could they fail to keep up, but the effort made by Vettel and Räikkönen to close the gap destroyed their tyres in the closing laps, leaving the path clear for Bottas to drive past and secure a Mercedes 1-2.

At the chequered flag, Hamilton knew what he needed to do, with a fan-pleasing throw of the trophy, selfies with the spectators and more crowd surfing.

2017 British Grand Prix report



Lewis Hamilton with trophy and Union Jack after winning the 2019 British Grand Prix

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Lewis Hamilton crowd surfs at the 2019 British Grand Prix

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Cunning, spectacularly quick and lucky to boot: Hamilton’s win this year was the more remarkable for just how much he had in reserve.

Despite Bottas qualifying on pole and taking the lead at the start, Hamilton had the tactical advantage, thanks to a strategy that he had kept from his team-mate and even Mercedes. The British driver had calculated that he could complete the race with just one pitstop, while maintaining a similar pace to the two-stopping Bottas.

The trap was set, but a lucky safety car, which was deployed just after Bottas had pitted, effectively gave Hamilton a free stop, so that he could breeze past his team-mate.

It meant that Hamilton also advanced past the five-times race-winners Jim Clark and Alain Prost to become the only driver to win six British Grands Prix, grabbing a Union Jack on the slowing down lap to ensure that his celebrations – as with his performance – were on point.

2019 British Grand Prix report



Lewis Hamilton lifts the F1 British Grand Prix winner's trophy after the 2020 Silverstone race

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Lewis Hamilton looks at his deflated tyre after winning the 2020 f1 British Grand Prix at Silverstone

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The grandstands were empty at Silverstone as F1 raced on through the Covid pandemic. We can only imagine the noise that would have erupted from spectators as the 2020 British Grand Prix reached its finale.

Hamilton had looked to be on course for a straightforward win, after leading from the start. But with six laps to go, team-mate Valtteri Bottas, who up to that point had kept pace with Hamilton, started dropping back into the clutches of Max Verstappen. Two laps later it became clear why the Finn was struggling so much when his tyre went flat and began disintegrating.

On a circuit known to be tough on tyres, a nervous Red Bull team pitted Verstappen but Mercedes left Hamilton out in front, only needing to nurse his car home.

Five corners into the final lap that looked to be the wrong decision as Hamilton’s left front tyre suddenly failed, flailing around the hub as the race leader tried desperately to maintain control — and momentum.

The sparking Mercedes slithered through the final two miles on three wheels as a charging Verstappen on soft tyres hunted him down.

The 30-second lead was being hacked corner by corner, and Verstappen was bearing down as the Mercedes snaked through the final corner. At the flag, just six seconds separated the pair.

2020 British Grand Prix report



Lewis Hamilton waves the Union Jack from his car after winning the 2021 British Grand Prix

Red Bull is appealing for a tougher penalty to be imposed on Hamilton for Silverstone clash

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NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 18: Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W12 takes the chequered flag during the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone on July 18, 2021 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

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It was a race in which Lewis Hamilton halted Red Bull’s run of five consecutive race wins — literally.

He was the fastest qualifier, but this only meant that he started first for the first trial of Formula 1’s sprint qualifying race. After being jumped by Verstappen at the start, Hamilton couldn’t regain the lead and started second for the Grand Prix.

Verstappen led from the lights but the Mercedes driver wasn’t prepared to let this race get away from him and attacked immediately. The duel was nail-biting as the pair were side-by-side into Turn One, down the Wellington Straight and approaching the 180mph Copse corner, where Hamilton dived down the inside and clipped Verstappen’s rear tyre, sending the Dutchman hurtling into the wall.

The controversy would bubble on after the race but the immediate impact for Hamilton was a 10sec penalty to be served at his pitstop. It couldn’t stop a driver who had said earlier in the weekend that he was harnessing the energy of the capacity crowd.

His extended stop dropped him to fifth, but there would be no stopping Hamilton who had the pace — and a team-mate who obliged in moving out of the way — to catch the unfortunate Charles Leclerc with a lap to go and take the record eighth win.

2021 British Grand Prix report

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