Lewis Hamilton makes British Grand Prix record revelation ahead of Silverstone return

Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen

"It's the same as every year really but the British Grand Prix is the most special in the sense of all the races that we get to do for me", said Hamilton in the Thursday press conference. Meanwhile, Mercedes opted to keep Hamilton out.

This year's grand prix was held from March 22-25, welcoming nearly 300,000 fans over four days as Melbourne hosted the opening round of the 2018 season, which saw Sebastian Vettel victorious for the second year running.

Verstappen thwarted the challenge of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari en route to his first win of the season to the delight of Dutch fans, who trooped to the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg. This was the best result for the team since their 2016 debut, and it also earned them enough points to move them up to fifth in the championship ahead of McLaren.

"I can only imagine the boys are definitely on a high at the moment", he said of the England team. In the 64 lap, Hamilton lost fuel pressure in his vehicle, forcing him to retire for the first time in 33 races.

Hamilton was kept out while all of his rivals pitted after Valtteri Bottas' retirement had caused a virtual safety vehicle to come in effect.

On lap 12, Nico Hulkenberg retired, his Renault engine spurting flames. Chief strategist James Vowles acknowledged the blunder, telling Hamilton that it was his mistake.

Hamilton then, somewhat unexpectedly, pitted after 25 laps and emerged fourth, ahead of his direct title rival Vettel, but the defending champion was unhappy.

Lewis Hamilton says he will be on the first plane to Russian Federation if England makes it to the World Cup final on July 15. At the front, Verstappen led his Red Bull team-mate Ricciardo by 4.9 seconds with Raikkonen third, a second down, and Hamilton a further six-tenths adrift.

"Every driver is different, and I've never worked with Lewis so I don't know what makes him tick, but it seems a fairly weird thing for someone to need to do - to throw themselves under the bus to motivate a driver to go from fourth back into the lead", Horner said.

"If there is anything I miss when I leave F1, it will be that, [as well as] probably working with a group of guys I get to work with, driving a vehicle, for sure". Verstappen had slight blistering, but Hamilton's left rear was a mass of blistered rubber. Hamilton reeled off two fastest laps, but it was asking too much as Mercedes' unbeaten four-year run in Austria, and his own race, came to an end when he pulled up on lap 64 after losing power.

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