SILVERSTONE RACE ZONE: 60,000 camp out under the rainy sky before Lewis Hamilton’s historic win, Rowan Atkinson mingles with racing royalty and Stuart Broad enjoys the action with former Ashes rival Pat Cummins

Lewis Hamilton claimed his first race victory since 2021 as the Mercedes star triumphed on a home track at Silverstone.

The 39-year-old finished 1.465 seconds ahead of Max Verstappen to claim his record-extending ninth victory at the British Grand Prix.

Despite the less-than seasonal conditions, 480,000 fans watched on in delight in Northamptonshire as the rain poured down.

In addition to the exhilarating action on the track, a host of recognisable stars from sport and the screen could be seen among the audience at the home of British motor racing.

Mail Sport’s Race Zone picks out the famous faces and looks back at yet another eventful British Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton delighted fans at Silverstone with his first Formula One race win since 2021


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Lewis Hamilton delighted fans at Silverstone with his first Formula One race win since 2021

The Briton claimed his ninth British Grand Prix win, 16 years after his first back in 2008
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The Briton claimed his ninth British Grand Prix win, 16 years after his first back in 2008

Mr Bean checks out new wheels

Petrol head Rowan Atkinson was in attendance as a guest of George Russell and was spotted chatting with Red Bull boss Christian Horner, who was later seen with magician Dynamo.

It was nearly a magic drive from Max Verstappen, who almost won having started in fourth.

Well known petrol head Rowan Atkinson, centre, was seen in discussion with Red Bull team principal Christian Horner, right
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Well known petrol head Rowan Atkinson, centre, was seen in discussion with Red Bull team principal Christian Horner, right

Brit hits fueled by roasts?

Asked why British drivers are so good following the qualifying clean sweep, Lewis Hamilton joked the secret was ‘roast dinners’.

Hamilton said after his incredible victory that he had just a ‘normal’ dinner on Saturday evening, but was planning on a celebratory curry last night.

Hamilton joked that the secret to the success of British drivers is their affinity for roast dinners
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Hamilton joked that the secret to the success of British drivers is their affinity for roast dinners

Sixty-thousand unhappy campers

Spare a thought for the 60,000 campers who descended on Silverstone this weekend dreaming of a summer night under the stars and were instead given a royally good soaking as the fields they called home for the week soon became a quagmire.

George stumped by ticket ploy

A nice touch by Mercedes to leave ‘silver tickets’ under the seats of 20 fans in the grandstand.

It was left to George Russell to reveal that news, but he was none the wiser as to what the prize was, joking: ‘The winner is my team-mate next year’. Lewis Hamilton stood only a few metres away.

Brundle given walk of shame by May

Poor old Martin Brundle. It was the turn of Queen guitarist Brian May to decline Brundle’s advances this year.

There was no shortage of stars on the grid with Sir Mo Farah and Owen Farrell, Hollywood A-Listers Brad Pitt, Michael Douglas and wife Catherine Zeta-Jones, plus Jeremy Clarkson.

Brian May became the latest a-list star to give Martin Brundle the cold shoulder on the grid
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Brian May became the latest a-list star to give Martin Brundle the cold shoulder on the grid

Broad jests with old Ashes foe

Former cricketer Stuart Broad was all smiles on the grid with Australia’s Test captain Pat Cummins, the man he told, ‘All these boos are for you’ after Jonny Bairstow’s stumping in the second Ashes Test at Lord’s last year. ‘Oscar (Piastri) is the only Aussie I support in world sport,’ Broad joked.

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