F1 championship leader Lewis Hamilton hails his best season in 12 years

• Hamilton looks to extend title lead at German Grand Prix
• Sebastian Vettel denies he will retire at end of year

Lewis Hamilton has said he believes this has been his best start to a season since his Formula One debut in 2007. The British driver, now in his 13th year in the sport, leads the world championship after a dominant opening with seven wins in 10 races. His rival Sebastian Vettel has insisted he is still strongly motivated to continue with Ferrari, despite a season in which their car has been off the pace and he has failed to match the Mercedes.

Hamilton and Mercedes have delivered with exceptional skill and with two victories to Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas the team have won all but one race. Hamilton leads Bottas by 39 points in the championship with 11 races remaining. Vettel is 100 points behind and out of the title fight.

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W Series takes next step towards female F1 driver with points move

• FIA to award drivers super licence points next season
• Leila Lombardi in 1976 is last woman to compete in F1

The all-female W Series has taken a major step towards its goal of a woman in a Formula One car with the announcement that from next season the FIA will award super licence points to the drivers. The points are required before any driver can compete in F1. The publicity the series has engendered has already proved positive for several competitors, who are convinced it will ultimately deliver an F1 driver.

A woman has not raced in F1 since Lella Lombardi 43 years ago. The six-race W Series season began in May, with 18 drivers taking part in the single-make F3 championship, in which they do not have to pay any costs.

Related: Will the W Series herald a new age for women in motor sport? | Giles Richards

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F1 regulations look to reinvent racing and bring back ‘wow factor’

• Proposed plans for 2021 aimed at getting more competitive races
• Main proposal is to reintroduce ground effect to help overtaking

Formula One has revealed details on its proposed plans to improve the racing with new regulations for 2021 that are set to be officially confirmed in October. Ross Brawn, F1’s sporting director, has been leading the investigation of ways to reinvent the sport. The most detailed version of their vision, including an intent to bring back the “wow” factor, was unveiled on Wednesday.

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Silverstone shows its class with a little help from sensible stewarding | Giles Richards

The track drew praise from several drivers after Sunday’s British GP for encouraging competitive racing and it also benefited from the stewards allowing hard but fair racing

With the signing of a new contract to host F1 for a further five years there was a celebratory air at Silverstone. That F1 had done the right thing was confirmed in spades on Sunday, when the old airfield delivered a marvellous race. The drivers revelled in it and the opportunity for genuine racing it affords. F1’s problems in following closely have not gone away but they are negated on good tracks. Silverstone’s layout encourages a fight and several of the corner sequences give drivers the chance to come back during an attempted pass which makes for compelling action. The previous race at Austria similarly facilitated proper racing. It is no coincidence these tracks repeatedly host a great spectacle. The three men on the podium – Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas and Charles Leclerc – were all in agreement: it was the circuits making the difference. Bottas was unusually and pleasingly blunt in identifying F1’s real problem. “It’s all about selection of the tracks,” he said. “I’m sure many of the track selections for the calendar are just pure political reasons and money, rather than focusing on whether it’s good for racing or not.”

Related: Fervour of F1 fans shows British Grand Prix remains true to its roots | Yassmin Abdel-Magied

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Lewis Hamilton fires warning to F1 rivals as championship lead extends

• British Grand Prix winner increasingly comfortable with car
• ‘Every year you get a bit more comfortable within yourself’

Lewis Hamilton has expressed how at ease he is with himself and his driving after taking his seventh win of the season at the British Grand Prix. After 10 races it is the strongest opening sequence of his career and increased the Mercedes driver’s imposing lead in the world championship standings.

Having taken the flag at Silverstone the five-times world champion, who has often come into his own at this stage of the year, also ominously warned that he is now feeling hugely confident with his Mercedes car.

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Fervour of F1 fans shows British Grand Prix remains true to its roots | Yassmin Abdel-Magied

What makes the British Grand Prix? We sent the writer, social advocate and self-confessed petrol head Yassmin Abdel-Magied to experience Silverstone for the first time

Is there anything more quintessentially British than the Grand Prix at Silverstone? A petrol-fuelled romp in the Midlands couched among country lanes and English villages, the 52-lap race is an unmissable fixture in the sporting summer. This weekend delivered excitement, nostalgia and glory, all wrapped in a neat carbon‑fibre package.

The 10th round of the Formula One world championship faced stiff competition this year, with both Wimbledon and the Cricket World Cup scheduled for the same Sunday. Such clash of commitments suggests that major sporting event planners should coordinate timetables; if not for viewing numbers, at least to ease the FOMO (fear of missing out) for fans. Silverstone has the magic combination of a terrific track, fervent supporters and a proud past. It is, after all, where the first World Championship Grand Prix was held in 1950 and in many ways the British race has stayed true to its roots.

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Lewis Hamilton says British GP win is greatest moment for any home driver

• Hamilton thanks fans after record sixth British Grand Prix win
• ‘It’s been single most incredible feeling,’ says Mercedes driver

Lewis Hamilton celebrated his victory at the British Grand Prix by revelling in the support he received at Silverstone across the weekend.

The British driver expressed how much it had meant to him and how he had been inspired to deliver another outstanding performance for the fans at a race he said he will remember for ever.

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Lewis Hamilton wins a record sixth British Grand Prix – video

Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton hailed the home fans after celebrating a record sixth British Grand Prix win on Sunday and stretching his lead over luckless Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas to 39 points.

Ferrari’s Monegasque Charles Leclerc was third after teammate Sebastian Vettel rammed into the back of Red Bull’s young charger Max Verstappen. Vettel, who had been third but finished 16th, had to pit for a new front wing and collected a 10-second time penalty for causing the collision

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Lewis Hamilton wins F1 British Grand Prix for record sixth time

• British driver leads Mercedes one-two with Bottas second
• Charles Leclerc finishes third, with Vettel out of the points

Lewis Hamilton won the British Grand Prix, taking the victory after an initial dogged fight with his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas fell in his favour during a safety car period. Once in the lead, he ran a controlled race from the front to ensure a record sixth win at Silverstone.

Bottas was second, in front of the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc who had enjoyed an almost race-long scrap with the Red Bulls of Max Verstappen, who was fifth, and Pierre Gasly, who was fourth. Sebastian Vettel also vied with Verstappen but came off badly. He hit the Dutchman and was given a penalty, eventually finishing in 16th place.

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Lewis Hamilton wins the British Grand Prix: F1 – live!

3.46pm BST

Charles Leclerc, who had a fabulous ding-dong with Max Verstappen, is happy:

It’s probably the race I enjoyed the most in my Formula One career. With the safety car we lost a bit of position, it wasn’t great for us. I’m extremely happy to finish third and for the battle we had on the track.

The last race was an eye-opener for me, really showing how far we could go. I’m really happy that this race has gone like this.

3.44pm BST

Valtteri Bottas says this:

I don’t know what to say. I stopped first, and I was still effectively winning the race until there was a safety car, and Lewis got a free stop there and got me there. Not really my day, but at least the pace was good and it felt good out there. For sure there’s positives. We had a good fight. I’ll keep fighting. It’s not over yet.

3.42pm BST

Lewis Hamilton has a chat:

Honestly, I can’t terll you how proud I ame to be here today in front of my home crowd, with my whole family here today, my team. You’d think you would get used to something like that, but it feels like the first time and I’m forever grateful to everyone who’s come out.

I couldn’t have done it without my team, and the guys back at the factory, and their wives and their kids who support them. When I tell people thankyou to the team, there’s nearly 2,000 people who make this possible. I’m just a chink in that chain, and I’m super proud to be a part of this.

3.41pm BST

Confirmation of the final classification:

A race to remember at Silverstone #BritishGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/IAlJkw6xy5

3.39pm BST

Hamilton stops on the track, while a Martial brings him a Union flag to wave. This is his sixth British GP, after previous wins in 2008, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, a remarkable record. He thus overtakes Jim Clark and Alain Prost, who both had five wins, and now has the greatest record of all in this race.

3.37pm BST

The final top 10:

1. Lewis Hamilton
2. Valtteri Bottas (+24.928)
3. Charles Leclerc
4. Pierre Gasly
5. Max Verstappen
6. Carlos Sainz
7. Daniel Ricciardo
8. Kimi Raikkonen
9. Daniil Kvyat
10. Nico Hulkenberg

BREAKING: @LewisHamilton wins a record 6th British Grand Prix!! #BritishGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/aamLgyp2yc

3.35pm BST

Lap 52 of 52: Hamilton sets a new fastest lap with his final effort, and he’s won the British GP yet again!

3.34pm BST

Lap 52 of 52: Hamilton is in his last lap, with space in front and behind. There’s nothing to stop him now.

3.33pm BST

Lap 50 of 52: Sainz v Ricciardo is the red-hot battle for sixth. There’s but fractions of a second between them, but the five places ahead of them look sewn up.

3.29pm BST

Lap 48 of 52: The Mercedes engineers are back out, in case Hamilton decides on a tyre change. Bottas, with his fresh soft tyres, is the fastest car on the track and has just set a new fastest lap. The update is that Bottas reported some tyre trouble, so Hamilton was told to stay out, so no orders were ignored.

3.26pm BST

Lap 47 of 52: Bottas re-emerges, and he’s 22.98 seconds behind Hamilton with just five laps to go!

3.25pm BST

Lap 46 of 52: Now there is action in the Mercedes pits. Bottas comes in for his second change, and Hamilton is told to stay out for the remainder of the race.

3.23pm BST

Lap 45 of 52: Hamilton is called into the pits, but he ignores the request and flies past.

3.22pm BST

Lap 44 of 52: Nico Hulkenberg slips down to 11th, after Daniil Kvyat streaks past him.

3.20pm BST

Lap 43 of 52: Vettel has received a 10-second penalty for causing the collision with Max Verstappen.

3.20pm BST

Lap 42 of 52: Hamilton has 10 laps to go, and looks comfortable, particularly with Bottas likely to pit again.

3.18pm BST

Lap 41 of 52: The floor of Verstappen’s car has been damaged, but nothing that can be changed needs to be changed.

Incredible scenes here at Silverstone!

Stewards are looking at the incident between Vettel and Verstappen#BritishGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/awraiuT6se

3.16pm BST

Lap 40 of 52: The upshot of all that is that Leclerc is third, about 18 seconds behind Bottas in second. Gasly is fourth, with Verstappen fifth. Vettel has dropped down to 17th, with a potential penalty to come.

3.15pm BST

Lap 39 of 52: Both Verstappen and Vettel are back on the track, but the latter at least has sustained significant damage. The Ferrari pits, and gets a new front wing. Verstappen is carrying on.

3.13pm BST

Lap 38 of 52: Crash! Verstappen overtakes Vettel’s Ferrari, who then drives right into the back of Verstappen’s Red Bull! Both skid off the track!

3.12pm BST

Lap 37 of 52: So Leclerc is fifth, but nearly five seconds behind Verstappen in fourth. There is a 12-second gap between Gasly in sixth and Carlos Sainz in seventh.

3.10pm BST

Lap 36 of 52: Leclerc sweeps past Gasly, lovely driving! Gasly tries to get back ahead round Brooklands, but no dice!

3.08pm BST

Lap 35 of 52: Further back, Albon, Raikkonen and Hulkenberg are separated by 1.1 seconds, with Albon clinging on to 10th place at the moment.

3.06pm BST

Lap 33 of 52: It’s unfortunate that the lead has changed hands without any actual overtaking happening. So far it’s been a race of strategy and opportunism. Hamilton is currently a bit over two seconds ahead of Bottas, with Vettel a further eight seconds behind.

3.01pm BST

Lap 30 of 52: Lando Norris gets on the radio, to complain of being “screwed over by the strategy”. He will have to pit again, and is in eighth at the moment.

2.59pm BST

Lap 28 of 52: Bottas will need to return to the pits at some point, while ahead of him Hamilton will hope to stay out for the remainder.

2.56pm BST

Lap 27 of 52: Yellow flags are being waved at Brooklands, though we haven’t been told why.

2.53pm BST

Lap 25 of 52: Approaching the halfway stage, the current front six:

1. Hamilton
2. Bottas
3. Vettel
4. Gasly
5. Verstappen
6. Leclerc

2.52pm BST

Lap 24 of 52: That was nearly ghastly for Gasly, who locks up and his Red Bull team-mate, Max Verstappen, nearly drives into the back of him!

2.50pm BST

Lap 24 of 52: The safety car goes in, and the impact of the various pit-lane shenanigans while it was involved is that Lewis Hamilton leads the race!

2.49pm BST

Lap 23 of 52: Leclerc gets on the radio to ask “how the hell did we lose the position”. He’s told to concentrate on the race. He’s currently sixth, with the safety car still out.

2.48pm BST

Lap 22 of 52: Giovinazzi’s mistake at the Vale, and the subsequent deployment of the safety car, might allow Hamilton to move to a one-stop strategy and thereby give him a crucial advantage over Bottas.

2.45pm BST

Lap 21 of 52: Vettel also comes in, and like Hamilton has hard tyres fitted. Verstappen pits for the second time, and leaves with the same, fresh tyres.

2.44pm BST

Lap 20 of 52: Antonio Giovinazzi is stuck in a gravel trap, and the safety car is deployed. Hamilton takes the opportunity to pop into the pits.

2.42pm BST

Lap 19 of 52: Verstappen v Leclerc is the battle of the moment. Verstappen has a go at Stowe, where he is almost pushed onto the grass as Leclerc dives in front of him.

2.40pm BST

Lap 18 of 52: Lando Norris and Alexander Albon have had some kind of off-camera pit-lane something-or-other. An investigation has been launched, we’re told.

2.38pm BST

Lap 17 of 52: Valtteri Bottas comes in for a fresh set of mediums. Two-stop strategies seem the order of the day.

2.35pm BST

Lap 15 of 52: Leclerc overtakes almost instantly once they get out of the pits, after Verstappen drifted way wide – he gets on the radio to tell his mechanics that he had no grip.

2.33pm BST

Lap 14 of 52: Leclerc and Verstappen both come into the pits! Both come out with fresh sets of medium compound tyres, and Verstappen comes out of the pit lane first!

2.32pm BST

Lap 13 of 52: Pierre Gasly becomes the first of the leading group to pit. He comes out with a fresh set of hard tyres.

2.30pm BST

Lap 11 of 52: Verstappen tries to overtake Leclerc, and when his move fails Vettel attacks him from behind, and from trying to third he’s suddenly fighting off fifth! In the end, positions remain unchanged.

2.28pm BST

Lap 10 of 57: The two Mercedes have stretched their lead a bit, and are about half a second ahead of Leclerc in third.

2.25pm BST

Lap 8 of 57: Kevin Magnussen is back in the pits, and this time he won’t be leaving them. That’s his first retirement of the season.

2.23pm BST

Lap 7 of 57: We see replays of the two Haas cars bumping each other in the opening lap, which was no the ideal start to proceedings.

2.21pm BST

The top four remain in the order they started the race in. Behind them Sebastian Vettel has overtaken Pierre Gasly to take fifth.

2.19pm BST

The race is at the front, where Hamilton is sniffing around Bottas. He looks one side, he looks the other. Then Hamilton takes the lead at Luffield! And then Bottas takes it back at Copse!

2.17pm BST

A horrible start for Haas, with problems to both cars and Magnussen already lapped by the leaders.

2.16pm BST

Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen are forced into the pits in the very early stages, with rear punctures apparently to blame.

2.15pm BST

Norris has overtaken Daniel Ricciardo to take seventh place. Before the race Norris said that him v Ricciardo was his mini-race.

2.13pm BST

Go go go go go! Bottas holds on to his lead into the first corner, and it looks a clean start.

2.13pm BST

The grid fills, and actual racing is about to happen. Hold on to your hats!

2.10pm BST

The lights turn green, and off they go on the formation lap.

2.09pm BST

Preambles complete, we are ready to race. Well, not us. We’re ready to sit on our sofas. But some other people are.

2.02pm BST

Pierre Gasly’s car is also having some last-minute surgery. People in Red Bull overalls are sprinting around the pit lane.

2.01pm BST

Max Verstappen’s rear wing is being changed on the grid, with mechanics scurrying hither and yon, one of them pushing Sky’s cameras away.

1.57pm BST

“Hopefully I can put on a good show and go forwards, not backwards,” Norris says, setting the bar high.

1.56pm BST

“What an embarrassment of sporting riches we have today,” writes Guy Hornsby. “The race should be Lewis’s providing he makes a fast start, but predictions make fools of us all. But it’s hard not to be impressed by Lando Norris, not least because it’s finally an improved year for McLaren.” He is a really engaging character, and given a fair wind could be a star.

1.55pm BST

The national anthem is warbled. The Red Arrows fly past. The clock ticks.

1.54pm BST

Brilliantly chaotic scenes on the grid. Lee Mack is there. Philip Schofield has a quick chat. Two Spice Girls (scary and ginger, since you ask) are there. Daniel Craig is looking predictably suave. “It’s my first time, I’m just trying to take it all in,” he says. Apparently it’s the 1,007th grand prix, which is why he’s been invited, and why Red Bull have a James Bond-themed paint job.

1.49pm BST

Sky and Channel 4 do their grid walks. Both bump into Mo Farah at the same time, and interview him together. He’s asked if he’s spoken to Lewis Hamilton. “He was in that zone,” he says. “Once someone’s in that zone you just want to leave him there.”

1.44pm BST

On Sky, Lando Norris is interviewed while driving round Silverstone, an enterprise ruined both by the fact he is unable to talk and drive at the same time, and by the fact he gets the car stuck in a gravel trap. “that’s the most embarrassing thing I think I’ve ever done,” he concludes.

1.29pm BST

On Channel 4, Gareth Southgate is interviewing Toto Wolff. So far, they have repeatedly established their admiration for each other. They eventually move on to management techniques. “Mistakes happen everywhere, but you can only eliminate them if you discuss them,” says Wolff. Southgate nods enthusiastically.

1.19pm BST

Sky interview Steve Coogan, who “was invited down here by Lewis”. They’re unlikely chums, are they not? “I’m quite friendly with him,” he adds. “He keeps threatening to make an appearance on Alan Partridge. Hopefully Lewis will do what he normally does.”

1.14pm BST

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Over 50 years, Frank Williams has amassed 9 constructor titles, 7 driver titles, 114 race wins, and countless unforgettable memories

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1.13am BST

The third of the three sporting crown jewels glittering their way across this English Sunday afternoon is at Silverstone, where Lewis Hamilton – winner of four of the last five grands prix this year, and four of the last five British grands prix to boot – starts second. Here’s Giles Richards, setting the scene. Welcome!

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