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Hamilton breaks 45-year-old F1 record
After the British GP victory, Lewis Hamilton has set new record for consecutive F1 races led by racking up number 18 today.

That beats Sir Jackie Stewart’s long-standing record, the Scot having managed 17 in succession while driving for Matra and Tyrrell in 1969-70.

Home hero Lewis Hamilton, who started the race in pole position ended up in third place by the end of the second lap.

Williams duo Filipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas took control the race from championship leader but Hamilton soon overtook halfway in to the race following a Williams mix up in the pit lane allowed the Stevenage born racer to overtake.’

The Mercedes F1 team made an outstanding judgment to pit on lap 43 secured Lewis Hamilton the British Grand Prix today.

Williams eventually not only missed a first win since 2012 but also a place on the podium as they pitted late in the rain for intermediate tyres which allowed Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel to come third.

Hamilton stretched his lead again to 17 points over Rosberg who had won three of the past four races in a comeback effort. He can also see the emotional success in front of a sellout crowd of 140,000 as he good omen because he won the world title in the years he previously topped the Silverstone race, 2008 and 2014.

“Thank you for coming out and making my weekend. I am so thankful for all the support. I just felt you carried me along,” the elated Hamilton said on the podium.

“We just kept pushing … For the first time in my career I made the right tyre choice.”

Top Ten Lead Consecutively

PosDriverGrand PrixNb
1Lewis HAMILTONHungary 2014 - Britain 201518
2Jackie STEWART USA 1968 - Belgium 197017
3Michael SCHUMACHERAustralia 2004 - Italy 200415
4Sebastian VETTEL Japan 2010 - Britain 201113
5Sebastian VETTEL Canada 2013 - Brazil 201313
6Ayrton SENNA Spain 1989 - Germany 199012
7Michael SCHUMACHEREurope 1994 - Germany 199512
8Fernando ALONSOChina 2005 - France 200612
9Michael SCHUMACHERMalaysia 1999 - France 200011
10Jim CLARKNetherlands 1967 - South Africa 1968 10

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