It appeared as if teammate Valtteri Bottas would spoil the occasion for the 141,000 visiting followers, however a well timed security automotive intervention gifted Hamilton first place.
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc claimed a powerful third place after an intense, wheel-to-wheel battle with Max Verstappen all through the race.
Victory strikes Hamilton 39 factors away from Bottas on the high of the driving force standings after additionally securing the bonus level for quickest lap.
However Sebastian Vettel’s bid to cease Hamilton from successful a sixth world title is sinking with out a hint after yet one more error earned him a 10 second penalty for a crash with Verstappen.
It should take one thing really particular from one of many different drivers to cease Hamilton from claiming one other title. The Brit has been completely dominant lately, successful 53% of all races over the previous six seasons.
Each different driver mixed in that interval has gained 47%.
“Silverstone, I really like you!” an emotional Hamilton stated after the race. “I can not inform you how proud I’m to be right here at the moment. I am without end grateful to all of the followers who got here. I could not have achieved it with out my crew … I am tremendous proud to be part of this.
“That is the best single second for any athlete on this planet — to lift their flag because the No.1 in their very own nation. It feels unimaginable. I’ve by no means been one to take a look at statistics and solely take one race on the time. I just like the strain I’ve.
“To have six and be up there with the greats, I keep in mind rising up watching this sport, watching the greats, assembly the greats and even working with the greats. To now be up there with them is among the cooler issues.”
Battle with Bottas
After failing to capitalize on two of his earlier three pole positions this season, Bottas revealed in Saturday’s press convention that his begin was the a part of his race he had been engaged on most in latest weeks.
All these hours of observe have been referred to as upon within the opening three corners, because the Finn fought off an aggressive assault from Hamilton, who was determined for that sixth victory at Silverstone.
However Bottas barely had time to breathe earlier than Hamilton was throughout him once more and this he did go previous him, although solely very briefly earlier than being compelled again into second.
As soon as the battle for first place had cooled down, the actual motion was again within the battle for third.
Lap after lap, nook after nook, Verstappen and Leclerc have been driving wheel to wheel because the Dutchman appeared to get previous the Ferrari into the ultimate podium place.
The 2 21-year-olds — rivals all through their childhood karting careers — have been placing on a masterclass in attacking and defending, with Leclerc narrowly getting the higher of his opponent.
Neither was making a gift of an inch and that prolonged into the pit lane. Each got here in for a tire change and exited on the similar time, nearly touching popping out of the pits and continued to battle out on the observe, with Leclerc persevering with to narrowly squeeze out his rival.
However this combat felt private following the pair’s battle in Austria two weeks in the past. Verstappen got here out on high then, aggressively muscling Leclerc out of the lead with only one lap remaining.
The post-race inquiry took greater than three hours earlier than it was finally determined Verstappen had achieved nothing unsuitable and was awarded the win.
Dangerous luck, Bottas
Nevertheless, on lap 20 Alfa Romeo driver Antonio Giovinazzi would unwittingly turn out to be a protagonist on this action-packed British Grand Prix.
The Italian locked up his rear and dumped the automotive into the gravel, forcing the security automotive into motion for the following three laps.
Hamilton took the prospect to pit with the remainder of the sector held up behind the security automotive and got here out to steer his dwelling grand prix for the primary time.
It was an unlucky flip of occasions for Bottas who had pitted solely two laps earlier and, regardless of driving a faultless race, would as soon as once more fail to transform pole into victory.
Earlier than the race was over, there was to be an embarrassing finish for four-time world champion Vettel, who’s quickly having a season to neglect.
The German was looking down Verstappen on lap 38 and hit the brakes far too late, smashing into the again of the Purple Bull.
Vettel was awared a 10 second penalty for his position within the incident and ended up ending down in 16th place.
The Ferrari driver finds himself languishing in fourth within the drivers’ standings and a full 100 factors behind Hamilton.
“I am a bit out of breath,” the Brit stated. “I can not inform you how proud I’m to be right here at the moment in entrance of my dwelling crowd.
“There’s so many British flags on the market and yearly I see it and also you assume you get used to it but it surely appears like the primary time and I am without end grateful to everybody out right here I hope you loved the day.
“It was top-of-the-line days I can keep in mind having. I keep in mind my first win right here in 2008.
“The thrill, happiness and pleasure that I felt was precisely the identical at the moment. You’ll assume after so many races that I might get used to it however at the moment felt simply as wonderful as the primary win I ever had.”