Hamilton's puncture relief at British GP
Lewis Hamilton said his heart almost stopped before he won the British Grand Prix on three wheels after an extraordinary last-lap puncture.
Hamilton appeared on course to coast to his record-extending seventh victory at Silverstone on his seemingly unstoppable march towards a record-equalling seventh world championship.
But half-way round his 52nd and final lap, Hamilton's left-front tyre suddenly deflated at Woodcote corner.
"Up until that last lap everything was relatively smooth sailing," Hamilton said.
"Then down the straight it just deflated."
Red Bull's Max Verstappen, in second after Hamilton's Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas suffered a puncture of his own one lap previously, could sniff the most unlikely of victories.
Verstappen, who had just stopped for fresh tyres in a bid to gain a bonus point for setting the fastest lap - a decision which ultimately cost him the win - began his last lap more than half a minute behind Hamilton.
The world champion's triumph looked in grave danger - but in a flurry of sparks he managed to navigate the remaining 3.2 kilometres of Northamptonshire asphalt to take the chequered flag 5.8 seconds ahead of Verstappen.
Hamilton's last lap was 28 seconds slower than Verstappen's.
Aside from his championship-winning triumph at the final corner on the final lap of the final race of the year in 2008, this had to rank as Hamilton's most dramatic finish.
"I had never experienced anything like that on the last lap," he said.
"My heart almost stopped.
"If the tyre gave up in a high-speed corner it would have been a much different picture so I feel incredibly grateful that it didn't.
"I don't think I've won a race on three wheels before."
Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc was third, just a second clear of Renault's Daniel Ricciardo - in the Australian's best finish for the season - with Lando Norris fifth at his home event.
"It was a crazy race at the end, and it feels really cool to take fourth place," Ricciardo said.
"I saw Charles getting closer and maybe with a couple more laps we could have had a podium!"
The victory moved Hamilton 30 points clear of Bottas at the championship summit after his teammate crossed the line in 11th.
Hamilton has 87 Formula One race wins, just four short of Michael Schumacher's all-time record.