Hamilton unstoppable at home track
For the fourth time in his career, Lewis Hamilton won the Formula 1 British Grand Prix at Silverstone. The reigning champion scored his 47th victory and after the relatively poor start of the season managed to get back on the track.
The race started under safety car because of wet track what definitely wasn’t necessary as the conditions weren’t as bad. Finally, in lap 6 safety car went in but many cars went into the pit for tyres change but didn’t change anything.
Hamilton was comfortable at the top while Nico Rosberg struggled to keep Max Verstappen behind. Talented Dutchman was all over the Mercedes driver and in lap 16 finally managed to overtake the championship leader and move up to second place.
It was another disastrous race for Ferrari as both Raikkonen and Vettel made too many mistakes and were far from the top of the grid. At the half point of the race, Hamilton was more than 6 seconds ahead of Verstappen and 9 ahead of Rosberg while four cars were out of race –Manor’s Pascal Wehrlein and Rio Haryanto, Romain Grosjean in Haas and Marcus Ericsson in Sauber.
Hamilton only needed to be calm as he had a solid advantage but behind him, we could see a huge battle between Verstappen and Rosberg. Nico managed to retake 2nd position from the Red Bull driver but in the last three laps, he drove without 7th gear. Verstappen had a chance for another overtake but he decided not to risk after he has been told that Rosberg is under investigation.
However, Hamilton scored fourth victory this year and reduced the gap in the Drivers’ championship to only four points behind Rosberg who finished second in this race. Verstappen completed the podium while his teammate Daniel Ricciardo finished at fourth.
Kimi Raikkonen, Sergio Perez, Nico Hulkenberg, Carlos Sainz Jr, Sebastian Vettel and Daniil Kvyat also scored points in the 2016 British Grand Prix. Interestingly, both Williams cars left empty handed. Felipe Massa was 11th and Valtteri Bottas 14th.