efe-epa(Update 1: Adds details and quotes) Silverstone, UK

Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton won Sunday the British Formula One Grand Prix held at the Silverstone circuit.

The current leader of the overall classification earned his 80th win of his career and his record sixth at Silverstone.

On home turf, Hamilton strengthened his grip over the rankings, having earned himself his 7th win of the season and his team its ninth triumph.

"Can't tell you how proud I am to be here today," Hamilton was quoted by the F1 Twitter account as saying after the win, "I'm forever grateful to (all the fans) who came."

Hamilton's teammate Valtteri Bottas of Finland came second ahead of Ferrari's Charles Leclerc of Monaco.

"I stopped first and was controlling the gap; unfortunately Lewis got a free stop. Not my day but the pace was good and I was quickest on track. I'll keep fighting," Bottas, who started the race from pole position, told the F1 media.

Leclerc, meanwhile, seemed to be satisfied with both his performance and the outcome.

"It's probably the race I have enjoyed the most in my F1 career. Very happy to finish third and for the battle on track," the Monegasque driver said afterwards.

Following an interesting opening stretch of the race, Hamilton overtook Bottas, while Leclerc completed the podium.

Leclerc took advantage of contact between Dutchman Max Verstappen's Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari.

Due to the crash, the German Vettel did not only have to stop and change the front spoiler, but also was handed a 10-second penalty.

Subsequently, Vettel finished the circuit pointless, as he came in the 15th spot.

Verstappen managed to wrap up the race in fifth place, just behind his teammate Pierre Gasly of France.

McLaren's Carlos Sainz of Spain had to stave off attempts by Renault's Daniel Ricciardo of Australia during the final stretch to hold the sixth spot.

Having pocked his seventh win of the season, Hamilton reached 223 points, increasing his lead over second-placed Bottas to 39.

Verstappen, meanwhile, holds the third spot in the drivers' standings with 136 points.

The world championship's next stop will be in Hockenheim for the German Grand Prix scheduled for July 28. EFE-EPA