Lewis Hamilton Wins At Home In The British GP

Lewis Hamilton took his fifth victory at Silverstone which played host to one of the most drama-filled races of the season in the British Formula One Grand Prix this weekend. It was the 50th Grand Prix held at Silverstone which is dubbed the “Home of Formula One” due to the many team-head-quarters in close vicinity of the track.

Filipe Massa also reached a career-milestone as he started his 200th race and a bit of history was made when Susie Wolff became the first woman in 20 years to take part in a Formula One weekend when she took the Williams out in the first Free Practise session on Friday. It was short-lived though when she had to pull out of the session due to an oil-leak on her car.

Qualifying on Satruday produced a surprise as the crowd-favourite, Lewis Hamilton, slid down five positions in the last moments of the third session to sixth on the grid. Nico Rosberg qualified on pole with Sebastian Vettel next to him on the front row. Button and Hulkenberg occupied the second row.

The race started without any problems on the first corner, but it all came to a halt when Kimi Raikkonen went off the track at the sixth corner and lost complete control when he rejoined. The Ferrari spun off the track into the barrier, which propelled the car back across the track spreading debris all around. Felipe Massa did very well to avoid a head-on collision with Kimi when he swerved to the right, but his left-rear still hit the Ferrari which ended his race. The race was subsequently red-flagged and delayed for an hour to allow the Marshalls to clean the track and repair the barriers before the restart.

The restart proved to be less eventful, except for Hamilton who made an immediate charge up the order going from fourth to second in just two laps. Rosberg in the meantime opened up a lead of about four seconds and kept it that way for at least another 20 laps until lap 29 when he suddenly slowed down with gearbox problems. He was stuck in fifth gear and had to retire on the same lap.

This allowed the 2008 World Champion to go through and take the lead which he kept to the end of the 52-lap race. Rosberg who was leading the Drivers Championship by 29 points saw his lead cut down to only 4 points and with 10 races left in the season it is still an open competition between the two Mercedes drivers.

Valteri Bottas drove brilliantly in his Williams to finish second after having started 17th on the grid ahead of Daniel Ricciardo who took the final spot on the podium for Red Bull. Another home-favourite, Jenson Button, finished fourth and Vettel took fifth after a hard-fought dual with Fernando Alonso which lasted a couple of laps.

Rosberg will be sure to come back in full force in the next race which is at the famous Nurburgring in Germany on the 18th of July and one can only ask:”Which Mercedes will win this time?”.

The Final Classification of the 2014 British Grand Prix:

 

Pos

No

Driver

Team

Laps

Time/Retired

Grid

Pts

1

44

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

52

2:26:52.094

6

25

2

77

Valtteri Bottas

Williams-Mercedes

52

+30.1 secs

14

18

3

3

Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull Racing-Renault

52

+46.4 secs

8

15

4

22

Jenson Button

McLaren-Mercedes

52

+47.3 secs

3

12

5

1

Sebastian Vettel

Red Bull Racing-Renault

52

+53.8 secs

2

10

6

14

Fernando Alonso

Ferrari

52

+59.9 secs

16

8

7

20

Kevin Magnussen

McLaren-Mercedes

52

+62.5 secs

5

6

8

27

Nico Hulkenberg

Force India-Mercedes

52

+88.6 secs

4

4

9

26

Daniil Kvyat

STR-Renault

52

+89.3 secs

9

2

10

25

Jean-Eric Vergne

STR-Renault

51

+1 Lap

10

1

11

11

Sergio Perez

Force India-Mercedes

51

+1 Lap

7

12

8

Romain Grosjean

Lotus-Renault

51

+1 Lap

11

13

99

Adrian Sutil

Sauber-Ferrari

51

+1 Lap

13

14

17

Jules Bianchi

Marussia-Ferrari

51

+1 Lap

12

15

10

Kamui Kobayashi

Caterham-Renault

50

+2 Laps

22

16

4

Max Chilton

Marussia-Ferrari

50

+2 Laps

17

17

13

Pastor Maldonado

Lotus-Renault

49

+3 Laps

20

Ret

6

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

28

+24 Laps

1

Ret

9

Marcus Ericsson

Caterham-Renault

11

+41 Laps

21

Ret

21

Esteban Gutierrez

Sauber-Ferrari

9

+43 Laps

19

Ret

19

Felipe Massa

Williams-Mercedes

0

Accident

15

Ret

7

Kimi Räikkönen

Ferrari

0

Accident

18