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Lewis Hamilton left in tears during interview after emotional British GP win as he breaks historic record

Lewis Hamilton left in tears during interview after emotional British GP win as he breaks historic record

Hamilton won an emotional ninth British Grand Prix ahead of Max Verstappen.

Lewis Hamilton was left in tears on team radio and in his post-race interview after claiming his historic ninth British Grand Prix victory.

The Mercedes driver finished two seconds ahead of Red Bull's Max Verstappen at Silverstone, with fellow Brit Lando Norris in third.

Hamilton started behind team-mate and pole sitter George Russell, but Russell slipped back and then was forced to retire due to issues with his water system.

Verstappen made ground on Hamilton and Norris in the closing laps, and while he overtook the McLaren driver, he was unable to catch the eventual race winner.

For Hamilton, the victory ends a winless streak that dates back to the 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

He also broke Michael Schumacher's record of the most wins at a single circuit, with this year's Silverstone victory his ninth.

Hamilton was emotional as he thanked his Mercedes team on the radio - with long-standing race engineer Peter Bonnington seemingly equally as emotional, before he had a long embrace with father Anthony when he stepped out of the car.

And his interview with Sky Sports F1 afterwards was equally as emotional.

He said: "I can't stop crying! It's been since 2021, every day getting up, trying to fight, train, put my mind to the task, and work as hard as I can with this amazing team.

"This is my last British Grand Prix with this team. I wanted to win this so much for them, because I love them and appreciate them so much for all the hard work they've been putting in over the years. I'm forever grateful for everyone in this team.

"Our incredible fans, I could see you lap by lap as I was coming around. There's no greater feeling than finishing at the front here.

"It's so tough [not winning since 2021]. But the important thing is how you continue to dig deep even when you feel like you're at the bottom of the barrel.

There's definitely been days between 2021 and here that I didn't feel like I was good enough or I was going to get back to where I am today. But the most important thing is that I had great people around me. A big, big thank you to everyone at the factory, and everyone here."

Featured Image Credit: Sky Sports F1

Topics: Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen, Lando Norris, Formula 1, F1