Hamilton wins thrilling race at Silverstone
Lewis Hamilton is the winner of the Formula 1 British Grand Prix. The ace driver has managed to come to the top in what was one of the most interesting races of the season. The Mercedes driver and reigning champion had a lot of work to do as both the Williams’ cars looked great in most of the race, but Hamilton proved his mettle.
Williams had a perfect start with Felipe Massa going straight to the top and Valtteri Bottas in second position for a short period, but Lewis Hamilton managed to keep second place. Nico Hulkenberg moved up to fifth leaving both Ferrari cars behind, but at the back of the grid was an incident after which Jenson Button had to retire, adding more misery to his team.
Soon after, the Lotus pair Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado were also forced to retire as a result of a tangle with one of the Red Bull’s cars. The safety car was employed for two laps and after the restart Max Verstappen was third driver who had to retire as he slid out of the track and stayed stucked in the gravel. Actually, he was fourth driver out of the race as Sauber’s Felipe Nasr couldn’t manage a start due to some problems with his car.
Hamilton was too aggressive as he tried to overtake Massa and that resulted with a loss of the second place. The reigning champion went wide and Bottas moved up in front of him. Ferrari was in trouble as Kimi Raikkonen dropped to ninth and Sebastian Vettel to tenth position. It was a rare situation to see both red cars behind Sauber or Force India…
The battle between Williams and Mercedes was pure joy to watch, but after the pit stops Hamilton again was on the top in front of Massa and Bottas, while Nico Rosberg remained fourth. Ferrari moved up to fifth and sixth while Daniel Ricciardo was next to retire. Red Bull’s Australian complained about loss of power and finally he was forced to go to the garage.
With a clear road in front of him, Hamilton was safe in the first spot and it looked like only the coming rain could stop him. In a meantime, Carlos Sainz’s Toro Rosso stopped at track and a safety car was deployed again with 17 laps to go. Three laps later, light rain started and teams had to gamble with the decision of changing tyres or not. It was obvious that some drivers were struggling to control their cars and one of the was Bottas who made a mistake and Rosberg overtook him.
With nine laps to go, the rain became more serious so all drivers decided to change tyres and Williams’ were the losers of the moment as their drivers dropped to fourth and fifth, while Rosberg and Vettel moved up to second and third respectively, keeping their positions until the end.
Daniil Kvyat won sixth place in front of Nico Hulkenberg and Kimi Raikkonen, Sergio Perez was ninth, while Fernando Alonso won the first point in the season as he was tenth. Only two more drivers completed a race – Marcus Ericsson and Roberto Merhi – while Will Stevens slided out three laps before the end.