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Is Lewis Hamilton's era of dominance officially over with Verstappen's latest victory?

For 945 days, the F1 Gods had deprived Lewis Hamilton of a Grand Prix victory. But today, they showered the Mercedes racer with all their blessings as he took over the top step of the podium at his home race in Silverstone. Despite not winning the pole position during the Qualis, he managed to improve his rank as he climbed to the front from #2 on the starting grid. With this, Lewis is now the record-holder for the highest number of victories at a Grand Prix and the highest number of wins at a single circuit. On such a happy day, even Red Bull, the Championship rival of Hamilton’s team, Mercedes, buried the hatchet and congratulated him.

Lewis Hamilton grabbed victory at the British GP by defending his position against his 2021 World Championship rival Max Verstappen. When the Briton crossed the chequered flag, he was only 1.465s ahead of the Dutchman. And behind Max, there was another Briton who completed the top 3 – Lando Norris.

At the post-race press conference, when the three gathered for some chitchat with the journalists, Hamilton and Verstappen got into a banter about the Dutch language. Being a true-blue Briton, the 39-year-old confessed he has no knowledge of Verstappen’s mother tongue. So, the Red Bull racer ended up giving Lewis a crash course in the language. But how did the conversation between the two racers go?

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Lewis Hamilton becomes Max Verstappen’s student for the day

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One might think, being one of the most experienced F1 racers on the current grid with 104 race victories and 7 titles, Lewis Hamilton does not need any more lessons from his fellow drivers. However, that is not true since the Briton turned into an obedient pupil of Max Verstappen during the post-race press interview at Silverstone. While Hamilton was in a giddy mood after attaining his F1 victory in almost 3 years, Verstappen brought up a conversation on the Dutch language.

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Being a complete novice with a very limited idea of Dutch, Lewis Hamilton admitted, “I don’t know much Dutch besides “Hoe gaat het met jou.is that good?” Verstappen replied, “Yeah!“, and then he translated Hamilton’s sentence into English – “How are you?”. To this, the Mercedes racer said, “Oh cool!“, as he was seemingly happy to get the Dutch line correct.

This friendly exchange showed that the once-rivals have gotten closer as their 2021 fight is a thing of the past now. Even Verstappen’s team, Red Bull became a great sport and forgot their differences with Mercedes to congratulate Hamilton.

Red Bull shares a warm message for Hamilton despite their British GP woes

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Red Bull’s outing in Silverstone today showed how the team’s Championship hopes are hanging on to Max Verstappen’s shoulders only. While the Dutchman scored second place amidst the rain in Britain, his teammate Sergio Perez ended up with another disastrous Grand Prix. Walking into Silverstone, Checo had scored only 15 points in the last five races and now his tally remains the same as he failed to get any Championship points with his P17 finish at the British GP.

The Mexican’s poor results have led to widespread speculations about Daniel Ricciardo replacing him at Red Bull soon. The Australian, in his VCARB racecar, got a better position than Checo. But, amidst the hopeless results of Sergio Perez, the RBR social media admin still remembered to congratulate Lewis Hamilton on his victory. Red Bull shared a reel starring Lewis and Max as they popped the champagne on the podium alongside Hamilton’s race engineer Peter Bonnington.

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With Hamilton’s win in Britain, the temperament around the paddocks has changed. The 7-time World Champion is back to his winning ways, and Mercedes is performing well once again. Meanwhile, Red Bull is currently faltering because one of their racers has almost become deadweight for them. At a time like this, which team do you want to support? Name your favorite squad and also give your reasons for supporting them in the comments below.