Silverstone (UK): Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton danced his Mercedes to a dominant victory ahead of Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg here yesterday to complete a hat-trick of wins in his British Grand Prix to clinch his fourth home win.
A delighted Lewis Hamilton celebrates his British Grand Prix win by performing a crowd surf with supporters at Silverstone, UK, yesterday. Pic/Getty Images
Pole-sitter Hamilton, unchallenged throughout the 52-lap race which started behind the safety car on a rain-drenched circuit, cruised across the line 6.9 seconds ahead of Rosberg.
The German limped home nursing a gearbox issue and is being investigated by stewards for potentially breaching a ban on receiving assistance from the team over the radio after Mercedes advised him how to get around the gremlins.
Hamilton's win, the 47th of his career and fourth of the season, allows the 31-year-old to slash the gap in the standings to championship leader Rosberg, who has five wins, to just four points.
"I just want to say a big thank you once again to everyone here, I hope that you continue to keep your fingers crossed," Hamilton said. "I'm catching him, so let's keep going." Behind the two Mercedes, Max Verstappen finished third for Red Bull, after a race-long duel with Rosberg.
The 18-year-old held second at one stage, getting past the Mercedes with a brave move in wet conditions around the outside at the high-speed Becketts corner, but Rosberg got him back as the circuit began drying out.
Nevertheless, it was the Dutchman's third podium for Red Bull in five races, including the victory he scored on his debut for the Milton Keynes-based outfit in Spain.
"That was an interesting race guys. We challenged them and I think we had great pace," Verstappen told his team over the radio. "Thank you to Red Bull for giving me such a great car here," he said.
Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo finished fourth. Kimi Raikkonen, handed an extension to his Ferrari contract in the build up to the race, secured fifth with a late-race pass on Force India's Sergio Perez.