Lewis Hamilton dominated Sunday’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone – round ten of the 2016 F1 World Championship – to bag his fourth home victory and close the gap on Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg at the head to the Drivers’ Standings to just a single point.
Qualifying on pole, Hamilton led the 22 cars away behind the Safety Car after heavy rain before the start of the race.
When the Safety Car was withdrawn, Hamilton leapt away to lead in his Brackley-based Mercedes AMG Petronas, and there was to be no catching the home favourite who coasted to a thoroughly dominant victory.
The race victory was Hamilton’s fourth of the 2016 season, and his fourth from five races. On the podium he said: “This is amazing. What at atmosphere. Britain has the best fans and I knew everyone was behind me and cheering me on.”
“The fans make this weekend so special. They come every year to Silverstone in big numbers and it is great to be able to meet so many of them and reward them with a win. I feel good and now the race for the championship is very much on.”
Rosberg crossed the line second, but was later penalised by race stewards for receiving illegal radio instructions from his Mercedes team. He dropped a position in the results, promoting Max Verstappen to second overall, another impressive result for the Red Bull teenager.
Rosberg said: “I didn’t have the pace that Lewis had this weekend, but I am still very much in the title race. Lewis has won four races this season, and I have won five. I aim to make that six as soon as possible.”
“The British fans love F1 and it is always good to come to Silverstone. The British fan is very passionate and cheer all the drivers.”
The Silverstone-based Sahara Force India team recorded point-scoring finishes for both of their cars, driven by Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg in sixth and seventh, while the Bicester-based Scuderia Toro Rosso also scored championship points courtesy of Carlos Sainz and Daniil Kvyat.
It was a disappointing day for British racers Jenson Button and Jolyon Palmer. Button finished 12th for the McLaren Honda team, while British Grand Prix debutant Palmer was a race retirement after a botched pit-stop saw his Renault lose a wheel.
The British Grand Prix is the feature event on the British motorsport calendar each season, and Derek Warwick, president of the track owning British Racing Drivers’ Club, said: “This was another memorable Grand Prix at Silverstone.
“The track looked amazing, we had a great race with Lewis winning, and a very patriotic crowd. This was a great day to be British!”
Points after round 10: 1) Rosberg, 171; 2) Hamilton, 170; 3) Raikkonen, 106. Next race: Hungary, July 24.