Max Verstappen wins the British Grand Prix over Lando Norris.

After a late safety car, McLaren’s Lando Norris fought off an attack from Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes to finish second, giving the 160,000 supporters a double home podium to cheer on.

Verstappen’s eighth win in ten races this year equaled the record set by McLaren in their famous 1988 season with Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost.

Oscar Piastri completed a successful day for McLaren by finishing fourth, ahead of George Russell’s Mercedes.

Verstappen was unstoppable at the front after retaking the lead from Norris on lap five after the McLaren went ahead when the world champion suffered too much wheelspin at the start.

His triumph, which extends his championship lead over teammate Sergio Perez to 99 points, extends Red Bull’s winning streak to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix last season.

Red Bull will smash McLaren’s record in the next race in Hungary in two weeks, and are likely to go far beyond it as the season develops, based on Verstappen’s current seemingly unbreakable form.

Verstappen, like so many others this year, reduced this grand prix to a display run once he took the lead.

But the race behind him, which had been still for a long time, sprang to life as the safety car was deployed after Kevin Magnussen’s Haas caught fire down the Wellington straight.

The safety vehicle throws the dice.

Diverse tyre selections added danger and intrigue to the closing 14 laps for everyone else.

McLaren had hoped for a double podium with Norris and Piastri after introducing a big upgrade for Norris to great effect at the previous race in Austria and giving it to Piastri as well at Silverstone.

But the safety car changed everything, allowing Hamilton to not only pass Piastri but also momentarily threaten Norris.

The seven-time champion raced calmly in the first laps, biding his time after re-passing Fernando Alonso’s Aston Martin, which overtook him on the first lap.

He advanced as the pit stops ahead of him began, with initially Charles Leclerc pitting his Ferrari from fourth place, followed by Carlos Sainz’s second Ferrari, Russell’s Mercedes, and Piastri’s Mercedes.

Hamilton was set to finish fifth, behind Piastri and Russell, but a pit stop behind the safety car allowed him to pass both and line up behind Norris at the restart.

McLaren stuck with their choice of hards as he came in, just as a virtual safety car turned into a full safety car, because changing tack would have caused too many risks and too much delay.

With the Mercedes on soft tyres and the McLaren on hard, Norris expressed concern over the radio that he would struggle to hold Hamilton back, but the 23-year-old weathered an early storm after the restart with ease and then edged away to solidify his second spot.

Piastri, who was also shod with hard tyres during his pit stop, was similarly brilliant in a car that lacked a new front wing like his teammate.

The safety car ended the Australian rookie’s chances of a podium finish, allowing Hamilton to pass him.

However, as Hamilton pulled away from Norris in the final circuits, the Mercedes came under pressure from Piastri, who crossed the line less than a second later.

Ferrari’s demise

Russell was the only man in the top ten to start on soft tyres rather than mediums, and he leapt up a place at the start to challenge Leclerc for fourth place.

However, he lost out by stopping before the safety car, finishing fifth, while Sergio Perez recovered from another dismal qualifying session to finish sixth from 15th on the grid.

The final driver he passed was Alonso, whose Aston Martin team had slipped from their great form in the first six races of the season in recent events.

After a bright start, Ferrari’s day unraveled. Leclerc had no pace in the opening half of the race, spending the entire time with Russell right behind him, unable to pass.

Leclerc came in under the safety car for mediums after an early stop for hard tyres.

But he struggled again and fell to seventh place in the final laps behind the superb Williams of Alex Albon, who chose soft tyres during the safety car.

Sainz, who was left on hard tyres after failing to stop under the safety car, dropped three positions in a few circuits as Perez, Leclerc, and Albon all passed him following the restart, leaving him in a disappointing tenth place.

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