British Grand Prix: Hamilton's Redemption After Long Wait


July 08, 2024 · 2 min read

British Grand Prix: Hamilton's Redemption After Long Wait
Moto-GP | July 08, 2024
Lewis Hamilton redeemed his wait at the British Grand Prix, reclaiming the Formula 1 podium and securing his record ninth win at Silverstone. (Image: Getty)

British Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton triumphed, reclaiming his place on the Formula 1 podium after two years, seven months, and two days. It was a moment of redemption for the skilled racer. This victory broke the record for wins at a single track and happened in front of his home crowd and family. Overcome with emotion, Hamilton said, “I can’t stop crying,” calling it the most emotional race of his career.

Hamilton’s last win was at the 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. The controversial ending to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix that year, where race director Michael Masi’s decisions cost him an eighth championship, led Hamilton to consider retiring. However, he chose to continue, driven by the desire to right the perceived wrong. Unfortunately, he found his Mercedes team struggling under new regulations.

During the 945 days between victories, Hamilton experienced self-doubt and questioned if he would ever win again. He admitted to facing mental health challenges and feeling inadequate at times. This win was particularly meaningful because it took place at Silverstone, his home track with his family present. It also marked the end of a long win drought.

Hamilton also revealed his intention to leave Mercedes after this season for Ferrari, hoping to finish on a high with the team that supported him since he was 13. The emotional weight of the win was amplified by his family’s presence and his appreciation of their support. The race itself was dynamic with dry starts, wet periods and a dry finish. Hamilton and teammate George Russell initially led but were briefly overtaken by the McLarens of Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri.

Mercedes ultimately triumphed through strategic pit stops and tire management. James Allison’s return and enhanced team collaboration propelled Mercedes’ progress under new regulations at the British Grand Prix. Hamilton expressed optimism about future upgrades and their potential to consistently fight for front-row positions.