Hamilton claims memorable home victory at Silverstone

Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton resurrected his title hopes by winning the British Grand Prix as Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg was forced out of the race early on with gearbox failure.

Rosberg, who started on pole, was leading following a dramatic opening lap that saw a red flag and the race delayed by over an hour with Kimi Raikkonen involved in a heavy collision, but the German was hunted down by Hamilton.

The gearbox on Rosberg’s Brackley-based Mercedes then started to develop a fault and completely failed just before half distance, allowing Hamilton to take the lead and cruise to a dominant victory in front of euphoric home support at Silverstone.

The victory sees Hamilton cut Rosberg’s lead to just four points in the World Championship.

Williams’ Valtteri Bottas was second from Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo.

Further down, both Toro Rosso cars finished in the points, with Danil Kvyat ninth and Jean-Eric Vergne 10th, while Nico Hulknberg was eighth for Sahara Force India with team-mate Sergio Perez just out of the points in 11th.