CARLOS SAINZ has won the British Grand Prix on a dramatic day at Silverstone.
The Spaniard held his nerve to prevail, while Lewis Hamilton raced brilliantly to grab a place on the podium in third.
Red Bull's Max Verstappen endured plenty of technical issues to slip to seventh, although team-mate Sergio Perez kept pushing after a difficult start and was able to profit on a late safety car to rise to second.
The beginning of the race was marred by a horrific crash involving Zhou Guanyu, sending the Chinese star skidding 20 metres upside down before flipping into the crowd.
Zhou, 23, was thankfully okay after receiving lengthy medical attention.
Sainz, 27, shook off some recent bad luck to deservedly grab his first ever win.
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The emotional Spaniard beamed as he exited his car at the end, fist pumping to the crowd in elation.
Hamilton, 37, grabbed a record 13th podium at Silverstone.
As he crossed the line, the British hero said: "That was a tough one guys.
"A great effort. We've got to sharpen up all around, but thanks so much for the hard work. Good points."
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Zhou took to Twitter to reassure fans after the race, posting a selfie and writing: "I’m ok, all clear. Halo saved me today. Thanks everyone for your kind messages!"
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