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Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton revels in family high after 'constant challenge'

Lewis Hamilton was joined by his family in celebrating his historic British Grand Prix victory.

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Lewis Hamilton celebrated not only winning the British Grand Prix but a special moment with his entire family, with crucial time with his loved ones being a "constant challenge". 

The seven-time world champion had his entire family with him throughout last weekend's British GP, as it was his last for Mercedes.

Mercedes themselves has been part of Hamilton's family, given he has been supported by the German manufacturer since he was 13. None of the 39-year-old's family wanted to miss his last British GP for the Silver Arrows, a decision that worked out in perfect fashion. 

Hamilton ended his 946-day wait for victory at the home of motorsport in the United Kingdom, and was quick to have an emotional embrace with his parents in parc fermé. 

Following some tremendous podium celebrations, the 104-time race winner took to the main stage with his whole family, with having them all there with him having meant a huge amount. 

"Yeah, it really does, because I think, I've had my parents come to a race here and there," Hamilton told select media including RacingNews365

"We've had, my mom was there when we won a championship. My dad's been there when we won a championship. It's always been just at a different point of life. First World Championship, was incredible, but it was really difficult to absorb it all at the age I was at. 

"I think this weekend, I think just within life, your parents are getting older, we're travelling so much. Time with family is a constant challenge. My niece and nephew are growing up and growing out their cuteness. 

"But I've had them here this weekend. We all try to be there for each other, even at a distance. I know I've always had their support, but to be able to see them there and share this experience, they wanted to be at my last race, the last British Grand Prix with this team that have been so incredible to us. 

"I mean, Mercedes obviously supported me since I was 13. So it's definitely meant the most today to have them there and to be able to share it with them."

Feeling the crowd

It was not just Hamilton's family by his side, the statistical greatest F1 driver of all-time also had over 160,000 supporters cheering him on at every corner. 

A relentless roar from the crowd was heard for the entirety of the final lap, before the Silverstone grandstands erupted as the Briton crossed the line for victory. 

Hamilton could not hear the fans whilst driving due to the significant noise F1 cars produce, but he could see the crazy reaction he was receiving everywhere.

"The car's so loud, so hard to hear, but I could see it, and I really could feel it," Hamilton revealed. 

"When you go through Turn 7, it's a long, long corner, and you see the guys on the left, or through the last couple of corners, you can also see this incredible crowd, or into Turn 15. 

"It's really, really an unbelievable feeling to be on that track. This is the best track for me, personally. 

"I think this is the best track in the world. But it's the fans also, the whole place, the wind direction that you have going into Stowe. That corner is incredible."

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