British hero Hamilton wrapped himself in the flag and went crowd-surfing after “incredible” sixth Silverstone win
Lewis Hamilton admitted making history in front of his home support was “incredible” after romping to a record-breaking sixth British Grand Prix triumph .
Five-time world champ Hamilton delighted a bumper 141,000-strong Silverstone crowd as he leapfrogged Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas during a safety car period.
That moment proved decisive and the Englishman breezed to a victory that moves him clear of Jim Clark and Alain Prost, cementing his standing as the master of this event.
He said: “It feels incredible. To have six and be up there with the greats… I remember growing up watching this sport, watching the greats, meeting the greats and even working with the greats.
“To now be up there with them is one of the cooler things.
“This is the greatest single moment for any athlete in the world – to raise their flag as the No.1 in their own country.”
It was a thrilling encounter, one of the contenders for race of the season, and Hamilton celebrated his 80th career victory with the words, “What a day, I love you Silverstone” as he cruised home on his warm down lap.
The Brit then draped a Union Jack over his shoulders and crowd-surfed on his adoring fans, who had just witnessed history being made.
It was the perfect way for Hamilton to silence his critics after he was forced to defend his Britishness on the eve of Sunday’s race.
After Bottas beat him to pole, Hamilton was quizzed on living in Monaco and not having a British accent.
Former Manchester United and England footballer Rio Ferdinand leapt to his defence and suggested “racial undertones” are driving critics. But Hamilton wanted to focus on the positives and hailed the Silverstone support for spurring him on to history.
Hamilton added: “I’m a bit out of breath. I can’t tell you how proud I am to be here today in front of my home crowd.