Lewis Hamilton has a record eight wins at the British GP at Silverstone – and could break an F1 record this weekend if he wins again. But what is his best triumph in his home race of the eights Grand Prix victories?
2022 was a disappointment for Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes as they struggled to come to terms with the W13 and its porpoise and jump issues.
The team has fixed the porpoise that plagued it earlier in the season, but the car now springs up thanks to the stiff suspension it runs on – meaning drivers Hamilton and George Russell have been battling for odd podium spots as midfield fodder to have.
This has been exuberantly exaggerated by recent slow and street circuits in Monaco, Baku and Montreal, with Silverstone’s fast, gentle corners likely to suit the stricken machine better.
Hamilton is targeting an eighth win in Silverstone’s last 10 races – he was second in the two he didn’t win – and a record ninth win at the British Grand Prix.
If he gets it, he will eclipse the record he shares with Michael Schumacher for most wins in a grand prix at nine.
Hamilton has eight wins at the Hungarian and British Grands Prix, while Schumacher has eight at the French GP.
But what is Hamilton’s best win at the British GP? HITC ranked all eight wins to date – with an obvious competitor at the top.
British Grand Prix wins by Lewis Hamilton –
Lewis Hamilton’s best win at the British Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton’s first win at the British Grand Prix is also his best – indeed one of the best drives in World Championship history.
It came in 2008 when Silverstone was inundated by a torrential downpour on race day.
Hamilton only qualified fourth for McLaren after opting for the wrong suspension setup, with teammate Heikki Kovalainen on pole.
As the lights went out, Hamilton shot up to P2 and nearly snatched the lead from the Finn on lap one.
Hamilton passed Stowe on lap five and that was it.
All great drivers have at least one outstanding wet weather drive on their CV – think Ayrton Senna Monaco 1984 or Sebastian Vettel Italy 2008.
Great Britain 2008 belongs to Lewis Hamilton.
He just disappeared up the road – and a small mistake at Abbey was the only stain on the booklet.
Hamilton finished 68.5 seconds ahead of Nick Heidfeld in second place, lapping all but P4 with P3 man Rubens Barrichello being the only other driver on the lead lap.
Hamilton’s title rival Felipe Massa spun five times en route to P13, two laps down.
It was Hamilton’s sixth victory in Formula 1 in his 26th Grand Prix. Even now, 97 wins later, it’s still his best.
2021 fightback pushes others ahead
If Christian Horner and Red Bull had had their way, Hamilton would not have had the chance to follow up on his British GP wins in 2021 after colliding with Max Verstappen.
Hamilton was largely blamed for throwing Verstappen into a 51-gram shunt with the Copse tire barrier on the first lap as their fight for the world title turned ugly.
The Mercedes was beaten with a 10-second stop-and-go penalty, dropping it to P4 in the race.
He stormed back past Lando Norris and Valtteri Bottas before targeting leader Charles Leclerc.
Hamilton took the lead over Leclerc on lap 50 of 52 in Copse – in a similar move to Verstappen.
The fact that Hamilton came back from a hefty mid-race penalty pushes 2021 just ahead of Lewis Hamilton’s 2019 British GP wins.
In 2019, he fought for the lead with team-mate Bottas before long relying on strategy and hoping for a safety car.
It came when Antonio Giovinazzi beached the Alfa in Club – ruining Bottas’ strategy as the Finn had already pitted – and was involved in a two-stop.
Hamilton came into the pits and was not seen again.
On 36-lap old tires, Hamilton pumped the fastest lap on the 52nd and final lap for his seventh win from 10 races to start the season.
Similar British GP wins for Lewis Hamilton
Hamilton’s third British GP win of 2015 was a strategic feat.
He used the undercut to leapfrog the fast-starting Williams pair of Bottas and Felipe Massa and looked ready until a late downpour.
He called the strategy perfect for buying intermediate tires just before the skies opened.
This win sits just above the 2016 event where Hamilton clinched another win in wet/dry conditions when Nico Rosberg broke the team’s radio rules and finished third.
He owed his victory in 2014 to Rosberg’s gearbox failure in the W05.
Hamilton had caught himself in qualifying feeling the track getting wetter in Q3 and abandoned his final lap.
However, towards the end of the lap it was dry, allowing Rosberg to take pole while Hamilton was sixth.
He was quick to P2 after the race was restarted after an hour’s delay due to barrier repairs and when Rosberg’s gearbox failed on lap 29 Hamilton claimed a second British GP win
Dramatic doesn’t mean best
Of his eight British Grand Prix victories, Lewis Hamilton’s effort in 2020 is by far the most dramatic.
He suffered a puncture on his left front tire on the final lap at Brooklands, requiring him to hobble home on three wheels for half a lap while Verstappen chased a 30-second lead.
Hamilton shot it between Stowe and Club and took the flag just 5.8s ahead of Verstappen – who would have won if Red Bull hadn’t finished him off as a precaution because Bottas was up front on the left a lap earlier.
Hamilton’s ‘worst’ British GP win was an overwhelming achievement.
In 2017 he scored a big chelem – pole, fastest lap, leading every lap and winning the race.
While it was a fantastic drive from him, it was a pretty boring race.
It was his sixth win at Silverstone in the British GP, overtaking Jim Clark and Alain Prost’s five.
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