Lewis Hamilton ends British Grand Prix drought with Silverstone victory as he struggles to keep emotions in check

Lewis Hamilton won a memorable British Grand Prix on Sunday
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Lewis Hamilton was visibly moved after securing victory at the British Grand Prix, confessing that ending his three-year winless streak was a deeply emotional moment.

The Mercedes ace delivered a stunning performance at Silverstone, achieving a record-breaking win that brought him to tears as he acknowledged his prolonged absence from the top spot on the podium - his last triumph being at the 2021 Saudi Arabia GP. Despite the recent dominance of his adversary Max Verstappen, Hamilton was resolute in his ambition to claim victory at what would be his final British Grand Prix with Mercedes before his switch to Ferrari next season.

"Since 2021, every day I'm getting up and fighting to train to put my mind to the task and work as hard as I can with this amazing team," Hamilton shared with Sky Sports. "This is my last race here at the British Grand Prix with this team. I wanted to win this so much for them because I love them and appreciate them so much."

"All the hard work they put in over these years. I'm forever grateful to everyone at Mercedes and all our partners. And to all our incredible fans. I could see you lap by lap. There's no greater feeling to finish at the front here.", reports the Mirror. He further reflected on the challenges he faced, saying: "It's so tough, I think for anyone, but the important thing is just how you continue to get up and you've got to continue to dig deep even when you feel like you're at the bottom of the barrel."

"There have definitely been days from 2021 to now where I questioned if I was good enough or would return to my current level. However, I've been surrounded by a fantastic group of people who continually lend me support.

"Each time I saw my team giving their all, it encouraged me to do likewise. Also, I want to extend a huge thank you to my fans worldwide for their unwavering support."

Hamilton clinched victory over Verstappen, pushing him into second place, closely followed by Lando Norris, the McLaren driver who kept the heat on his compatriot throughout the race. Hamilton couldn't contain his emotions as he thanked his team via the radio. He said: "It means so much. Thanks to everyone."

Hamilton celebrates his emotional win

His engineer, Peter Bonnington, responded: "This one means a lot to us all," and Hamilton answered: "I love you Bono".

At the same time, Toto Wolff, head of Mercedes, described the result as "a fairytale", expressing that they wanted to send off Hamilton with a "big result".