Lewis Hamilton seals home success at the British Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton won the British Grand Prix for a record sixth time.

The Formula One world champion took advantage of a safety car to jump ahead of Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas, delighting the bumper 141,000-strong Silverstone crowd.

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Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain, center, celebrates with team members after winning the British Formula One Grand Prix at the Silverstone racetrack, Silverstone, England, Sunday, July 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 14: Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone on July 14, 2019 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton waves the Union flag as he celebrates in parc ferme after victory in the British Formula One Grand Prix at the Silverstone motor racing circuit in Silverstone, central England, on July 14, 2019. - Lewis Hamilton extended his lead at the top of the Formula One championship on Sunday after winning the British Grand Prix for a record sixth time. (Photo by Andrej ISAKOVIC / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)
Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton (C) waves the Union flag as he celebrates in parc ferme after victory in the British Formula One Grand Prix at the Silverstone motor racing circuit in Silverstone, central England, on July 14, 2019. - Lewis Hamilton extended his lead at the top of the Formula One championship on Sunday after winning the British Grand Prix for a record sixth time. (Photo by Andrej ISAKOVIC / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)
Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton waves the Union flag as he celebrates in parc ferme after victory in the British Formula One Grand Prix at the Silverstone motor racing circuit in Silverstone, central England, on July 14, 2019. - Lewis Hamilton extended his lead at the top of the Formula One championship on Sunday after winning the British Grand Prix for a record sixth time. (Photo by Andrej ISAKOVIC / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton (left) celebrates winning the British Grand with Prix during the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Towcester. (Photo by Martin Rickett/PA Images via Getty Images)
Members of the British Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, perform ahead of the British Formula One Grand Prix at the Silverstone motor racing circuit in Silverstone, central England, on July 14, 2019. (Photo by Andrej ISAKOVIC / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)
US actor Michael Douglas (R) and his wife, British actor Catherine Zeta-Jones (C) in the pit-lane ahead of the British Formula One Grand Prix at the Silverstone motor racing circuit in Silverstone, central England, on July 14, 2019. (Photo by Andrej ISAKOVIC / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)
Mercedes drivers Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton at the first corner during the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Towcester. (Photo by Martin Rickett/PA Images via Getty Images)
Mercedes drivers Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton at the first corner during the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Towcester. (Photo by Martin Rickett/PA Images via Getty Images)
Daniel Craig (right) during the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Towcester. (Photo by Martin Rickett/PA Images via Getty Images)
Tania Nell, Mo Farah and Dynamo (left to right) during the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Towcester. (Photo by Martin Rickett/PA Images via Getty Images)
British Union flags flutter in the breeze above the grandstand during the British Formula One Grand Prix at the Silverstone motor racing circuit in Silverstone, central England, on July 14, 2019. (Photo by Andrej ISAKOVIC / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)
Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton drives during the British Formula One Grand Prix at the Silverstone motor racing circuit in Silverstone, central England, on July 14, 2019. (Photo by Andrej ISAKOVIC / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)
Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton during the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Towcester. (Photo by David Davies/PA Images via Getty Images)
Alfa Romeo's Antonio Giovinazzi goes off the track during the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Towcester. (Photo by David Davies/PA Images via Getty Images)
Ferrari's Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc (R) leads Red Bull Racing's Dutch driver Max Verstappen (L) during the British Formula One Grand Prix at the Silverstone motor racing circuit in Silverstone, central England, on July 14, 2019. (Photo by Andrej ISAKOVIC / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)
Red Bull Racing's Dutch driver Max Verstappen (R) leads Ferrari's Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc (L) during the British Formula One Grand Prix at the Silverstone motor racing circuit in Silverstone, central England, on July 14, 2019. (Photo by Andrej ISAKOVIC / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 14: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB15 leads Pierre Gasly of France driving the (10) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB15 on lap one during the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone on July 14, 2019 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
Mercedes' Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas (L) leads his teammate Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton into the first corner during the British Formula One Grand Prix at the Silverstone motor racing circuit in Silverstone, central England, on July 14, 2019. (Photo by Andrej ISAKOVIC / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)
Mercedes' Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas (L) leads his teammate Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton into the first corner during the British Formula One Grand Prix at the Silverstone motor racing circuit in Silverstone, central England, on July 14, 2019. (Photo by Andrej ISAKOVIC / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 14: Sebastian Vettel of Germany driving the (5) Scuderia Ferrari SF90 leads Pierre Gasly of France driving the (10) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB15 on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone on July 14, 2019 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 14: Alexander Albon of Thailand driving the (23) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR14 Honda on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone on July 14, 2019 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 14: Valtteri Bottas driving the (77) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W10 leads Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W10 on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone on July 14, 2019 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)
Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Towcester.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton speaks to Jenson Button during the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Towcester.
Steve Coogan during the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Towcester.
Formula One F1 - British Grand Prix - Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain - July 14, 2019 Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel makes a pit stop during the race REUTERS/Matthew Childs/Pool
Formula One F1 - British Grand Prix - Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain - July 14, 2019 Red Bull's Max Verstappen and Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel crash during the race REUTERS/John Sibley
In an incredibly close qualifying session at Silverstone, Valtteri Bottas narrowly beat Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc to grab pole.
Mercedes locked out the front row for Sunday's race with Ferrari's Charles Leclerc.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain, front, steers his car followed by Red Bull driver Pierre Gasly of France during the third free practice at the Silverstone racetrack, in Silverstone, England, Saturday, July 13, 2019. The British Formula One Grand Prix will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Red Bull driver Max Verstappen of the Netherland's steers his car during the qualifying session at the Silverstone racetrack, in Silverstone, England, Saturday, July 13, 2019. The British Formula One Grand Prix will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Third placed Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc of Monaco greets his funs after the qualifying session at the Silverstone racetrack, in Silverstone, England, Saturday, July 13, 2019. The British Formula One Grand Prix will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas of Finland celebrates after he clocked the fastest time during the qualifying session at the Silverstone racetrack, in Silverstone, England, Saturday, July 13, 2019. The British Formula One Grand Prix will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Alfa Romeo driver Antonio Giovinazzi of Italy steers his car during the third free practice at the Silverstone racetrack, in Silverstone, England, Saturday, July 13, 2019. The British Formula One Grand Prix will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc of Monaco steers his car during the third free practice at the Silverstone racetrack, in Silverstone, England, Saturday, July 13, 2019. The British Formula One Grand Prix will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton (L) shakes hands with Ferrari's Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc (R) after the qualifying session at Silverstone motor racing circuit in Silverstone, central England, on July 13, 2019 for of the British Formula One Grand Prix. - Valtteri Bottas will start the British Grand Prix from pole position after edging his Mercedes teammate and current championship leader Lewis Hamilton by 0.006 seconds in qualifying at Silverstone on Saturday. (Photo by Andrej ISAKOVIC / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his car during the third free practice at the Silverstone racetrack, in Silverstone, England, Saturday, July 13, 2019. The British Formula One Grand Prix will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc waves to the crowd during qualifying for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Towcester. (Photo by Bradley Collyer/PA Images via Getty Images)
Torro Rosso Alexander Albon during qualifying for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Towcester. (Photo by David Davies/PA Images via Getty Images)
Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton (left), Valtteri Bottas with Ferrari's Charles Leclerc after qualifying for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Towcester. (Photo by Martin Rickett/PA Images via Getty Images)
Red Bull's Pierre Gasly during qualifying for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Towcester. (Photo by David Davies/PA Images via Getty Images)
will.i.am, apl.de.ap, and Taboo from the The Black Eyed Peas during qualifying for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Towcester.
English singer Mable presents Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas with the pole position award after qualifying for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Towcester. (Photo by Martin Rickett/PA Images via Getty Images)
Ferrari's Charles LeClerc during third practice for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Towcester.
Mercedes Valtteri Bottas during qualifying for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Towcester. (Photo by David Davies/PA Images via Getty Images)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 13: Pole position qualifier Valtteri Bottas of Finland and Mercedes GP shakes hands with third place qualifier Charles Leclerc of Monaco and Ferrari in parc ferme during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone on July 13, 2019 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 13: Second place qualifier Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP looks on in parc ferme during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone on July 13, 2019 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
Mercedes' Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas (R) chats with Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton (L) after securing pole position in the qualifying session at Silverstone motor racing circuit in Silverstone, central England, on July 13, 2019 for of the British Formula One Grand Prix. - Valtteri Bottas will start the British Grand Prix from pole position after edging his Mercedes teammate and current championship leader Lewis Hamilton by 0.006 seconds in qualifying at Silverstone on Saturday. (Photo by Andrej ISAKOVIC / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)
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The win, Hamilton's seventh from 10 rounds, takes the Briton ever closer to a sixth world title. He is now 39 points clear of Bottas in the championship standings.

On a sensational day for Hamilton, the Englishman also secured a bonus point by posting a stunning track record on his final lap.

Ferrari's Charles Leclerc finished third after Sebastian Vettel crashed into the back of Max Verstappen.

Red Bull driver Verstappen managed to finish fifth, but Vettel dropped to 16th with the damage sustained in the incident.

The Ferrari driver was also hit with a 10-second penalty for causing the collision.

Lando Norris crossed the line a disappointing 11th on his maiden home event, the British teenager's race scuppered by strategy.

For Hamilton, his stroke of luck arrived on lap 20 of the 52-lap race when Antonio Giovinazzi beached his Alfa Romeo at Brooklands.

Out came the safety car, and in came Hamilton for his one and only stop.

Bottas had already pitted, and with the field driving slowly, Hamilton was able to nip in for fresh tyres to retain his lead.

The Englishman crossed the line 25 seconds clear of Bottas, surpassing Britain's double world champion Jim Clark and the Frenchman Alain Prost as the standalone master of his home race.

"What a day, I love you Silverstone," said Hamilton on his warm-down lap.

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