SILVERSTONE, England – After a difficult day on Saturday in which he qualified a disappointing sixth on the grid, Lewis Hamilton’s luck turned around Sunday as he drove to victory in the British Grand Prix at the Silverstone Circuit.
The home victory for Hamilton, his second triumph in the British Grand Prix, came after he inherited the lead from teammate Nico Rosberg when the German suffered gearbox difficulties on the 47th lap.
“I couldn’t be happier guys,” Hamilton told his crew on his slow-down lap. “Sorry about yesterday.”
The Briton’s determined performance regenerated his world championship challenge as he closes to within four points of Rosberg at the top of the standings, as once again the Mercedes were in a class of their own.
On lap one there was mayhem as the field streamed down the Wellington Straight. Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen ran wide coming out of Aintree bend and as he tried to rejoin the track at speed, he hit a bump, lost control of his car and struck the inside barrier. The Finn’s F14 T was then thrown back across the track where it was narrowly missed by Kamui Kobayashi’s Caterham before being collected by Felipe Massa’s spinning Williams as he tried to take avoiding action.
Raikkonen’s car was wrecked, and as the Finn limped away from his car, Massa crawled back to the pits on three wheels – sadly though the Brazilian’s FW36 had sustained too much damage, bringing a premature end to his 200th Grand Prix.