Lewis Hamilton named F1 GOAT by former rival Sebastian Vettel after Silverstone win

Lewis Hamilton named F1 GOAT by former rival Sebastian Vettel after Silverstone win

Lewis Hamilton’s record victory at the British Grand Prix earned him respect from a former F1 rival, who hailed the champion as the greatest of all time.

The final laps at Silverstone were thrilling, with Hamilton managing to hold off a resurgent Max Verstappen to take a ninth victory at his home circuit.

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It is the first time since 2021 that Hamilton has taken victory in Saudi Arabia. The Mercedes driver was in tears after the victory in his home race.

The seven-time champion becomes the sixth different winner in 12 races in 2024 and his latest victory breaks the record for most wins by a driver at a single circuit.

Lewis Hamilton won his first race in 945 days at Silverstone
The Briton held off Max Verstappen to become the sixth different winner in 2024

Vettel calls Hamilton the GOAT

Hamilton’s victory at the British GP marks his 104th career win, extending his lead on the all-time Grand Prix wins list.

The question of who is the best Formula 1 driver of all time leads to heated discussions. Hamilton is mentioned, but also other great drivers, such as Michael Schumacher, Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost.

But after victory at Silverstone, it was the future Ferrari driver who was given the title of ‘GOAT’ of Formula 1 by none other than four-time champion Sebastian Vettel.

Shortly after the race, the German posted a message to his Instagram story, sharing a heartfelt message to his former championship rival, writing: “Goat. Congratulations Lewis”, alongside a photo of Hamilton holding up the Union Jack as he stepped out of his car.

The 37-year-old was a fierce competitor during Hamilton’s Formula 1 career, battling the Briton for world titles at Red Bull and Ferrari.

Vettel left for Aston Martin in 2021 and retired a year later, after four championship wins and a total of 53 career victories.

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