Hamilton cruises to Silverstone success

Home favourite Lewis Hamilton drove a controlled and unchallenged effort to take victory at the British GP at Silverstone in front of thousands of adoring fans.

The Mercedes man finished around 20 seconds clear of Williams driver Valtteri Bottas in 2nd and Daniel Ricciardo in 3rd for Red Bull, the big factor of this race was the retirement of the championship leader Nico Rosberg, his Mercedes stopped near the halfway point of the Grand Prix.

Rosberg would start from pole but the start was overshadowed by a nasty accident for Kimi Raikkonen, the Finn ran wide before spinning into the barrier on the Wellington straight in a heavy impact crash which resulted in an hour delay as the barrier was fixed and some ankle worries for the Ferrari driver.

The incident also saw Felipe Massa retire as he nearly smashed Raikkonen, luckily though he managed to spin the car before the collision which meant there would be less damage.

Just over an hour later, the Grand Prix would start again, though with Hamilton now upto fourth after his quick start the first time round, he would quickly dispose of McLaren duo Magnussen and Button before setting his sights on Rosberg.

Having showed relentless pace in catching Rosberg, Hamilton would in fact take the lead on lap 29, after the German had gearbox issues which forced him to retire from the lead and in doing so close the championship tussle to only 4 points.

With Hamilton far clear and Bottas a comfortable second place, the fights were between Daniel Ricciardo and Jenson Button but mainly the epic duel between Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso.

Ricciardo made the tyres last a remarkable 37 laps and was only just able to hold off Button for the final spot on the podium, another top three for the smiling Aussie whilst the McLaren driver would make do with 4th in front of largely pink grandstands in honour of his father John with the #PinkforPapa campaign.

Vettel and Alonso, the names which for the past few years would be at the front contesting race wins and even championships was now a battle for 5th place, however you could not tell that on the way the two men pushed each other to the very limit.

Fernando would find a way past Sebastian at Copse with a brilliant and brave move around Copse but from then on it would be close combat between these two great champions.

Alonso who had already served a stop-go penalty for overshooting his grid slot provided a very effective defence which despite coming close to on many occasions, Vettel could just not make the pass work much to his anger as he complained over team radio repeatedly.

Eventually though Vettel would find a way through, like Alonso it would be at Copse in a battle of who would brake the latest, the German made the move stick and there was nothing Alonso could do to really get back through.

Behind the great scrap was Magnussen, Hulkenberg, Kvyat and Vergne to round out the points scorers.

Race result
1 HAMILTON – MERCEDES – 2:26:52.094
2 BOTTAS – WILLIAMS +30.100
3 RICCIARDO – RED BULL +46.400
4 BUTTON – MCLAREN +47.100
5 VETTEL – RED BULL +53.500
6 ALONSO – FERRARI +59.500
7 MAGNUSSEN – MCLAREN +62.100
8 HULKENBERG – FORCE INDIA +88.200
9 KVYAT – TORO ROSSO +88.800
10 VERGNE – TORO ROSSO +101.000

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