Lewis Hamilton won a thrilling British Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon to close the gap on his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg at the top of the drivers’ standings after the German was forced to retire at Silverstone.
Hamilton—whose victory was the 27th of his Formula One career, moving him alongside compatriot Jackie Stewart in seventh place on the all-time winners’ list—began the race down in sixth place after mistakenly deciding to abandon his final lap during qualifying on Saturday.
However, the 29-year-old had already managed to make his way up to fourth after only four corners of the opening lap of the race following a blistering start, only for the grand prix to then be red-flagged and suspended as a result of a huge crash involving Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen.
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When the race did finally restart though after an hour’s delay, with the Finn unable to continue after suffering minor injuries to his ankle, Rosberg further extended his lead over his rivals, only for the championship leader to then be forced to retire on lap 29 with a gearbox failure as Hamilton closed in on his team-mate.
And while the British driver went on to complete what could yet turn out to be a pivotal victory in this year’s race for the title, with Hamilton now just four points behind Rosberg after the latter’s first retirement of the season, elsewhere on the track world champion Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso were enjoying a memorable scrap for fifth place, which the German eventually won.
Lewis Hamilton: "I really needed this result I'm very grateful for it". pic.twitter.com/lGGRmnsFcu— BBCF1 (@bbcf1) July 6, 2014
Meanwhile, Williams driver Valtteri Bottas also drove a magnificent race to move all the way up from 14th on the grid at the start to second, and Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo managed to hold off a late charge from Britain’s Jenson Button in the McLaren to secure the final podium position.
All the race highlights, including preview, qualifying results, odds, etc., can be found here.