British Grand Prix Hamilton cuts gap to Rosberg with Silverstone treble

Lewis Hamilton won the British Grand Prix to cut Nico Rosberg's lead in the Formula One drivers championship to four points.

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Lewis Hamilton became the first driver in over 50 years to win three straight British Grands Prix to cut Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg's lead in the Formula One drivers championship to four points.

Lewis Hamilton play Lewis Hamilton (AFP/Getty Images)


Tensions between Hamilton and Rosberg rose significantly following a collision between the two on the final lap of the Austrian Grand Prix last week, which forced the latter to limp home in fourth with a damaged car while the double defending world champion took victory.

A heavy downpour shortly before the start threatened to result in a similarly dramatic race at Silverstone, however, it proved a relatively straightforward day for Hamilton as he headed a Mercedes one-two.

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg play Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg (AFP/Getty Images)


The inclement weather led to the first five laps taking place behind the safety car, with much of the field diving into the pits for intermediate tyres on a drying track at the end of that period.

Hamilton and Rosberg chose to stay out but benefited from a virtual safety car shortly afterwards that enabled them to change tyres and maintain track position.

Having survived the chaotic start, Hamilton's race victory was never really threatened, the Brit becoming the first man to win three in a row since Jim Clark took four in succession, the last coming in 1965.

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg play Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg (Reuters)


But Rosberg was made to work significantly harder for second place.

The German appeared to have won an elongated battle with Max Verstappen, only for gearbox problems with his Mercedes to put the Red Bull man back in contention for second.

Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg play Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg (Getty Images)


Rosberg held on, however, his result could be in jeopardy with an investigation into instructions given to him over the radio set to take place after the race.


The safety car start was controversial with the sun soon coming out after the heavens had opened and nobody was more frustrated than Hamilton.

Hamilton repeatedly complained that the safety car was going too slow for him to generate tyre temperature during the opening five laps. 

He eventually made a plea to race director Charlie Whiting over the radio, insisting: "We can go, Charlie".

Once he was released it was plain sailing for Hamilton as he sealed a fourth British Grand Prix triumph.


As drivers were beginning to make the switch to slick tyres, Verstappen made his move on Rosberg, and it was a spectacular one.

Verstappen swept past Rosberg round the outside of Becketts on lap 16 to take second spot, drawing huge applause from the packed crowd.

Rosberg got his revenge on lap 37 at Stowe, but that was not the end of the drama as his car began to fail in the closing laps.

The gearbox issues did not prove decisive, yet it is the stewards who will have the final say on whether Rosberg takes second.


Ferrari had been well fancied by many to challenge Mercedes at Silverstone, but it proved to be a disappointing weekend for F1's most successful team.

Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel each had their share of spills on a drying track with the pair well adrift of the two Mercedes and failing to push the Red Bulls.

Raikkonen eventually secured fifth position, while Vettel - who received a five-second time penalty for pushing Felipe Massa off the track - squeaked into the points in ninth.

A profitable day for Ferrari in terms of points, but way below what they would have hoped for.


Nobody endured a more miserable afternoon than Renault's Jolyon Palmer, who stumbled his way through a nightmarish home race.

The Brit left the pits without his right-rear wheel and - after that error was amended - received a stop-and-go penalty for an unsafe release.

Palmer lost further time when he was slow leaving his pit box following the stop-and-go penalty and was left incredulous at being blue-flagged to let Daniil Kvyat - then in 11th - to lap him.

An ignominious day ended in fitting fashion for Palmer as he eventually pulled into the pits to retire.


1. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
2. Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) +6.911secs
3. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) +8.250s
4. Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) +26.211s
5. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) +69.743s
6. Sergio Perez (Force India) +76.941s
7. Nico Hulkenberg (Force India) +77.712s
8. Carlos Sainz Jr (Toro Rosso) +85.858s
9. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) +91.654s
10. Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso) +92.600s




1. Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) 171
2. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 167
3. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) 106
4. Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) 100
5. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) 98


1. Mercedes 338
2. Ferrari 204
3. Red Bull 195
4. Williams 92
5. Force India 73




Hamilton will look to overhaul Rosberg in the standings in the Hungarian Grand Prix in two weeks' time.

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