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Sebastian Vettel calls Hamilton's legacy 'legendary'—Do you agree with Vettel's high praise?

Today’s British GP has delivered a poetic end to the fans’ long-drawn wait for Lewis Hamilton’s 104th race victory. The last time the Briton saw the face of a Grand Prix win was back in 2021. After that, the 39-year-old experienced a slump that led to all the pundits and some fans call for his retirement. However, he shows no signs of slowing down even now as he just scored a ninth win at the historic Silverstone Circuit which hosts his home race. The Mercedes racer went on to improve upon his second-place start to capture the top step of the podium by conquering his heavyweight rivals like Max Verstappen and teammate George Russell.

As one of Lewis’ on-track rivals and off-track close friends, Sebastian Vettel celebrated his victory in Britain. The German 4-time World Champion has stayed away from F1 ever since his retirement in 2022. However, the 37-year-old had a special message for Hamilton after his roaring race win at Silverstone.

Vettel took to his official Instagram page and congratulated the Silver Arrows driver. He uploaded a photo of Lewis Hamilton holding up the Great Britain flag, and wrote, “Goat. Congrats Lewis.”, implying that the Briton is the ‘Greatest of All Time’ in Formula 1.

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With his British GP victory, Lewis Hamilton has delivered the performance that he had promised after getting a front-row start at yesterday’s Qualifying. Even though his young teammate Russell had beaten him to grab the pole position, Lewis had warned the youngster, saying he had deliberately focused on the balance of his W15 rather than the top spot in the starting grid.

Finally, staying true to his words, Hamilton maintained his balance amidst the rain in Silverstone as he crossed the chequered flag to win the race with Max Verstappen only 1.465s behind him. Besides Lewis, another Britisher made it to the podium at his home race – Lando Norris. The McLaren racer snatched the third spot despite running at the lead for a few laps during the Grand Prix.

With the British GP 2024 win, Lewis Hamilton has scripted history yet again. He has now become the F1 racer with the highest number of victories at a single Grand Prix, as well as the only racer to win 9 times at a single circuit. Previously, he shared this record with the German legend Michael Schumacher who used to drive for Mercedes towards the latter part of his F1 career.

After grabbing the British GP victory, Lewis Hamilton expressed how he felt. Do you want to know why the seven-time World Champion broke down in tears?

Lewis Hamilton confesses he cried after winning the British GP

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Ever since his defeat to Verstappen at the 2021 World Championship fight, Lewis Hamilton had to brave through heavy criticism. While some believed he should retire, others wanted him to shift to another team, since Mercedes could not give him a race-winning car. But when the Briton finished his home Grand Prix at the top of the grid, he put aside all the doubts and question marks.

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Speaking on how emotional he felt after winning for the first time in almost three years, Hamilton said, “It is surreal. My heart is racing. Had so many amazing moments in the past. When I crossed the line, I had this moment when everything came by and I cried.” The Mercedes driver has had the toughest time dealing with his critics in the recent past ever since his deal with Ferrari for 2025 came out in public. In fact, an incriminating mail from an anonymous source even claimed that the Silver Arrows boss Toto Wolff was knowingly sabotaging Lewis’ races because he was disappointed with his transfer news.

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However, like a true Champion, Hamilton turned a deaf ear to all the criticism and kept his head low. Yesterday, he could not score the pole position, but he remained optimistic during his post-Quali interview. The 39-year-old even said he felt confident about his car, and he was happy with its balance. Staying true to his words, Lewis Hamilton indeed played to the strengths of his car in the mild shower that affected the race. And in the end, he came out victorious, by heroically defending his position against Verstappen, Norris, and the other rivals.

Do you think Hamilton can repeat this feat at one of the upcoming races too? Let us know your opinion in the comments below.