Lewis Hamilton thanked the support from the Silverstone fans after taking an emotional third British Grand Prix victory and his fifth win of 2015 on Sunday.
The Mercedes AMG PETRONAS driver recovered from a relatively poor start to drop behind both Williams Martini Racing drivers, but recovered well to lead after the initial pit stop cycle, and then judged his switch to intermediate tyres to perfection to lead home team-mate Nico Rosberg.
“It’s been a very, very special weekend for me,” revealed Hamilton. “I thought I’d seen it all last year but the fans have just been unbelievable. I could never have imagined this level of support – this one is for them. Thank you all so much.
“I’m delighted for the team – everyone back at base has done an incredible job to build this amazing car and everything today was just perfect too. Huge thanks to every single one of the team – it’s great to get this result for them at home.
“The race obviously got off to a bad start but the guys did a great job with the first stop to turn it around. Then, when the rain came, it was really tough out there in a different way. As the one in front it was so hard to judge where to push and my front tyres went so cold.
“I think that’s the best pit call I’ve ever made to come in at that time. From there it was just bringing it home. I have to admit, as I came round that last lap I was welling up seeing all those people on their feet.
“What an unbelievable day and an unbelievable feeling. I’m so, so grateful.”