Lewis Hamilton hailed the ‘incredible work’ of the people back in Brackley for their part in his success after the Mercedes driver clinched his fourth World Championship title, putting him among the sport’s greatest ever drivers.
Silverstone welcomed more than 140,000 racing fans who saw Lewis Hamilton claim the fifth British Grand Prix of his career, and his fourth consecutive win at the Northamptonshire circuit, on an overcast but warm day.
Lewis Hamilton will be aiming to join an exclusive club of drivers when the British Grand Prix takes place this weekend, but the race has been overshadowed by increasing uncertainty over Silverstone’s future as an F1 host.
Formula 1 boss Chase Carey has expressed his ‘deep regret’ at the Silverstone Circuit owning British Racing Drivers’ Club’s decision to publicly announce they are activating the break clause in the contract to host the British Grand Prix.
The 2017 F1 title race may have a new member in the form of Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas after his victory in Austria on Sunday brought him into the mix and he reeled in both Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel.
Fresh doubt has been cast over the British Grand Prix at Silverstone after the circuit’s owners, the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC), formally triggered the break clause in its contract with Formula 1 and its owners Liberty Media.
It was not the outcome he wanted nor one he would have expected but Lewis Hamilton was relieved to at least limit the damage to a seventh place finish in Sunday’s frustrating and problematic Monaco Grand Prix.