Sky’s Matt Morlidge: “Hamilton ripped up the 2022 formbook”

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Sky Sports’ Matt Morlidge says the fact that Lewis Hamilton was in contention for the win at the British Grand Prix, “possibility makes Hamilton a winner here”.

In his Sky Sports column, F1 journalist Matt Morlidge listed Lewis Hamilton as one of the ‘winners’ of the British Grand Prix.

“No, it was not a fairytale and record-breaking Silverstone victory – but the fact that was even a possibility makes Hamilton a winner here,” Morlidge wrote.

“Hamilton ripped up the 2022 formbook in front of the raucous home support and was the fastest man on track as hunted down Leclerc and Sainz.

“Hamilton even looked like the favourite after the Ferraris stopped but a slow pit-stop lost him time before a Safety Car, while eradicating the gap, also got rid of his tyre advantage.

“He was still happy with a 13th British GP podium – an F1 record at a single circuit – and Mercedes upgrades look very promising indeed,” the Briton concluded.

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F1 journalist Lawrence Barretto also listed Hamilton as one of the ‘winners’ of the race, in his column.

“For the first time since last year’s title deciding Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Hamilton was in contention for a Grand Prix win,” Barretto wrote.

“He led his first laps of the season – and demonstrated the pace to heap the pressure on Ferrari.

“Ultimately, he finished third – scoring consecutive podium finishes for the first time in 2022 while also setting a new record of 13 podium finishes at Silverstone – the record for one track.

“He’s now finished in the top three in his last 10 Silverstone starts,” the Briton concluded.

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