WATCH: George Russell congratulates Lewis Hamilton on his British Grand Prix victory

In a heartwarming display of sportsmanship, George Russell was the first to congratulate his Mercedes teammate, Lewis Hamilton, following his spectacular victory.

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In a heartwarming display of sportsmanship, George Russell was the first to congratulate his Mercedes teammate, Lewis Hamilton, following Hamilton's spectacular victory at the British Grand Prix. This win was particularly significant for Hamilton, marking his first triumph in 945 days and setting a new record for the most race wins at a single event, with his ninth victory at Silverstone.

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The race began with George Russell in pole position, leading the pack confidently in the early laps. However, the seven-time world champion, Hamilton, demonstrated his expertise in wet conditions as a drizzle began to fall.

On Lap 18, at the renowned Stowe corner, Hamilton made a decisive move, overtaking Russell. Russell, struggling to maintain his lead, eventually dropped to third after a brief off-track excursion. Hamilton's overtake was a masterclass in skill and tenacity, setting the stage for an electrifying race.

By Lap 21, the dynamics of the race had shifted dramatically. Lando Norris, who had been passed by Max Verstappen on the opening lap, began a determined charge towards the front. Norris's momentum saw him surge past both Hamilton and Russell, seizing the lead. The competition intensified as all three drivers pitted for intermediate tyres on Lap 27, with Norris emerging with a 3.2-second lead over the Mercedes duo.

George Russell retired on Lap 34

The race took another dramatic turn on Lap 34 when Russell retired, prompting strategic tyre changes among the frontrunners. Hamilton switched to soft tyres at the end of Lap 38, while Verstappen opted for hards, and Norris delayed his pit stop by a lap before also switching to softs. This set the stage for a thrilling final chase between Hamilton, Norris, and Verstappen.

In the closing stages, Hamilton's experience and strategic acumen shone through. He managed to fend off his competitors, securing a historic ninth British Grand Prix victory. This win broke the record he previously shared with himself (Hungary) and Michael Schumacher (France) for the most wins in a single race.

Max Verstappen finished in second place after a late surge, while Norris secured a commendable third. The race also featured notable performances from Oscar Piastri, Carlos Sainz, Nico Hulkenberg, Lance Stroll, Fernando Alonso, Alex Albon, and Yuki Tsunoda, who all scored points in this unforgettable Grand Prix.

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