Hamilton wins 7th UK Grand Prix despite flat tire

Sports Desk, Aug 2 (efe-epa).- Lewis Hamilton won his seventh British Grand Prix at Silverstone on Sunday despite having a flat tire in the final lap.

The British Mercedes driver has won three Grand Prix in a row in Styria, Hungary and the United Kingdom.

He started in pole position at Silverstone and managed to maintain the lead despite crossing the finish line with a flat tire in a dramatic win.

“Up until that last lap everything was relatively smooth sailing,” he said in a statement after the race.

He added: “The car was turning no problem, last few laps I started to back off and then last lap it deflated.

“That was a heart in the mouth moment. You could see it falling off the rim.

“From then I was just managing it and I was just praying to get round and not be too slow. I didn’t think I would make it round the last two corners.”

Hamilton continued: “I have definitely never experienced anything like that on the last lap and my heart definitely nearly stopped.”

His teammate Valtteri Bottas was the first to suffer as his tire deflated on Lap 50 which lost him second place and his place on the podium.

Max Verstappen was the closest to catching Hamilton but opted to pit a few laps from the end to try and claim the fastest lap and finished second.

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