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Hamilton takes record sixth British GP win

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Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 14, 2019 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton wins the race REUTERS/John Sibley

SILVERSTONE, England (Reuters) – Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton won his home British Grand Prix for a record sixth time on Sunday to stretch his lead over Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas to 39 points.

Bottas finished second, after starting from pole position with Hamilton alongside, and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc was third after team mate Sebastian Vettel collided with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.

It was Hamilton’s seventh win in 10 races this season and 80th of his career. He also took an extra point for the fastest lap.

The five-times world champion made the most of a brief safety car period, after Bottas had already made his pitstop, to come in for fresh tyres and then stay in the lead to the chequered flag.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Christian Radnedge

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