Hamilton dominates British Grand Prix

By on Sunday, July 10, 2016
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Lewis Hamilton claimed victory at the British Grand Prix for the fourth time in his career as he dominated proceedings at a wet/dry Silverstone.

Hamilton controlled the race to triumph at home for the third successive year, as Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg provisionally secured a 1-2 finish for the team.

It means Hamilton has cut Rosberg's advantage in the standings to just four points.

Max Verstappen completed the podium in third place for Red Bull.

A deluge prior to the race soaked the circuit and race control opted to start the race behind the Safety Car.

Following five laps at slow speed Hamilton led away, though the circuit was sufficiently dry for Intermediate tyres to be required, with some drivers diving into the pits at the restart

Hamilton rapidly built a gap back to Rosberg, as Verstappen closed in on the German driver in the battle for second position.

Verstappen hounded Rosberg and moved into second with a stunning move around the outside of Becketts.

The pack changed to slick tyres on lap 17 and Hamilton maintained his advantage, despite suffering from a wide moment at Abbey, where the track was at its wettest.

Verstappen also had a couple of moments and came under increased pressure from Rosberg as the circuit dried.

Rosberg feigned a move on a number of occasions before completing the pass around the outside of Stowe, as he attempted to chase down Hamilton.

The gap was reduced to six seconds but Rosberg lost time at Club due to a gearbox problem, drifting over 10 seconds behind his rival.

Mercedes informed Rosberg that he needed to avoid seventh gear and requested he changed settings, potentially contravening radio regulations.

Rosberg’s issue allowed Hamilton a clear run to the chequered flag and the Mercedes driver is under investigation for the incident.

Verstappen collected a fine third place while Daniel Ricciardo was fourth, having missed out early on when rivals pitted under the Virtual Safety Car, caused by an off for Pascal Wehrlein.

Kimi Räikkönen was the lead Ferrari driver in fifth position, as Sergio Pérez beat Force India team-mate Nico Hülkenberg by less than a second.

Carlos Sainz Jr. survived a spin en-route to eighth, while Sebastian Vettel had a messy race and took ninth, having spun and also received a penalty for forcing Felipe Massa wide.

Daniil Kvyat completed the top 10 for Toro Rosso, ahead of Massa, Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso, the Spaniard going off at high-speed at Abbey and brushing the barriers.

Valtteri Bottas was a lowly 14th, in front of Felipe Nasr, Esteban Gutiérrez and Kevin Magnussen, the Renault driver classified despite retiring late on.

Jolyon Palmer was penalised for an unsafe release and ultimately retired from his home race, while Rio Haryanto spun off at Abbey.

Romain Grosjean and Marcus Ericsson also retired due to suspected mechanical gremlins.

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