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Lewis Hamilton survives ‘heart-in-the-mouth’ finish to win British Grand Prix

The chaotic end meant Bottas dropped from second to 11th, while Hamilton, whose tire trouble came on the final lap, held on to cross the line five seconds ahead of a chasing Max Verstappen.Bottas' late woes meant Ferrari's Charles Leclerc completed the podium. Visit CNN.com/sport for more news, videos and featuresIt was Hamilton's third consecutive victory following a delayed start to the season amid the coronavirus pandemic and sees him move 30 points clear at the top of the championship."The last few laps I started to back off and then down the straight (the tire) just deflated," Hamilton said after the race."I just noticed the shape shift a little bit and that was definitely a heart-in-the-mouth kind of feeling … I was just praying and trying to get it round and not be too slow. "I nearly didn't get round the last two corners but there you go, we did it and I really owe it to the team."I've definitely never experienced anything like that on a last lap. My heart definitely nearly stopped."READ: Sergio Perez tests positive for Covid-19, misses British Grand PrixAs he has done after previous victories this season, Hamilton raised his fist after collecting the trophy.Hamilton, Bottas and Verstappen had occupied the front three positions on the grid and were unscathed for much of the race before the late drama.Had Verstappen not pitted before the final lap, he would likely have taken the win from Hamilton. "It's lucky and unlucky," said Verstappen as he reflected on catching one Mercedes but not the other. "They were too quick in the race. The tires at one point didn't look great with 10 laps to go so I was already on the radio … then of course they boxed me to go for the fastest lap."I'm very happy with second, it's a very good result for us."

Tire trouble

Racing Point's Niko Hulkenberg, who had stood in for Sergio Perez after the Mexican tested positive for coronavirus, was unable to start after a fault with his car, while Haas's Kevin Magnussen crashed on the first lap to bring out the safety car.The safety car was called upon again in the opening stages when AlphaTauri's Daniil Kvyat crashed heavily on lap 12. Fortunately, the Russian walked away Read More – Source

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