British F1 Grand Prix 2014 Results: Winner, Standings, Highlights and Reaction

Stuart NewmanFeatured ColumnistJuly 6, 2014

Britain's Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes drinks champagne as he celebrates after winning the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone circuit, Silverstone, England, Sunday, July 6, 2014. Finland's Valtteri Bottas of Williams finished second, and Australia's Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull finished third. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
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All eyes were on Lewis Hamilton heading into the British Grand Prix on Sunday, and the home favourite didn’t disappoint, cruising to a convincing victory at Silverstone.    

The Englishman finished 30 seconds clear of runner-up Valtteri Bottas to close the gap on Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg at the top of the F1 standings, claiming the second British Grand Prix triumph of his career.

Rosberg led at Silverstone thanks to some expert racing once again, but was forced to retire with a gearbox issue just before the halfway point, leaving Hamilton to romp to victory. Here’s how it finished on Sunday:

British Grand Prix Results
PositionDriverTeamTime
1Lewis HamiltonMercedes2:26:52
2Valtteri BottasWilliams+30 seconds
3Daniel RicciardoRed Bull+46
4Jenson ButtonMcLaren+47
5Sebastian VettelRed Bull+53
6Fernando AlonsoFerrari+59
7Kevin MagnussenMcLaren+62
8Nico HulkenbergForce India+88
9Daniil KvyatToro Rosso+88
10Jean-Eric VergneToro Rosso+101
11Sergio PerezForce India+108
12Romain GrosjeanLotus+1 LAP
13Adrian SutilSauber+1 LAP
14Jules BianchiMarussia+1 LAP
15Kamui KobayashiCaterham+2 LAPS
16Max ChiltonMarussia+2 LAPS
17Pastor MaldonadoLotus+3 LAPS
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Dream Victory for Hamilton

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Though Sunday’s victory was Hamilton’s fifth of the 2014 F1 season, this particular chequered flag holds special significance.

Not only did it put him right back in the hunt in the drivers’ standings, but winning on home soil is also a feeling like no other.

Clearly elated with his victory, Hamilton was patriotic in his celebrations, seemingly dedicating his victory to England when he crossed the line, as Autosport Live reported:

The win was nothing more than Hamilton’s driving deserved, though, despite his Mercedes teammate’s retirement.

Rosberg has driven phenomenally all weekend around Silverstone, and Mercedes labelled his early exit from the race as “undeserved":

However, despite leading at the time of his gearbox fault, Hamilton was eating up the seconds on Rosberg in second place and may well have passed him in the closing laps.

The German’s first retirement of the season meant that it wasn’t a grandstand finish on Sunday, but it sets up a thrilling World Championship race, as Sky Sports F1 revealed:

Here’s a look at the 2014 Formula One standings following Hamilton’s triumph:

2014 Formula One Standings
PositionDriverNationalityTeamPoints
1 Nico RosbergGerman Mercedes165
2 Lewis HamiltonBritish Mercedes161
3 Daniel RicciardoAustralian Red Bull Racing-Renault98
4 Fernando AlonsoSpanish Ferrari87
5Valtteri BottasFinnish Williams-Mercedes73
6 Sebastian VettelGerman Red Bull Racing-Renault70
7 Nico HulkenbergGerman Force India-Mercedes63
8 Jenson ButtonBritish McLaren-Mercedes55
9 Kevin MagnussenDanish McLaren-Mercedes35
10 Felipe MassaBrazilian Williams-Mercedes30
11 Sergio PerezMexican Force India-Mercedes28
12 Kimi RäikkönenFinnish Ferrari19
13 Jean-Eric VergneFrench STR-Renault9
14 Romain GrosjeanFrench Lotus-Renault8
15 Daniil KvyatRussian STR-Renault6
16 Jules BianchiFrench Marussia-Ferrari2
17 Adrian SutilGerman Sauber-Ferrari0
18 Marcus EricssonSwedish Caterham-Renault0
19 Pastor MaldonadoVenezuelan Lotus-Renault0
20 Esteban GutierrezMexican Sauber-Ferrari0
21 Max ChiltonBritish Marussia-Ferrari0
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Elsewhere, Jenson Button narrowly missed out on joining his countryman Hamilton on the podium after he was pipped to third place by Daniel Ricciardo.

Button ran the Australian close, but it could have been a different story had McLaren got their tactics right—just bringing him in a few laps too late to reach the podium.

Lefteris Pitarakis/Associated Press

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso also raced well to cross the line in fifth, but the day belonged to Hamilton, who said that he was pleased with his performance despite the lack of a crowd-pleasing finish, per Andrew Benson of BBC Sport:

“I honestly feel I had the pace today," he said. "I was catching Nico in the first stint and was feeling pretty comfortable. I never want to see my teammate fail like that. I was looking forward to a wheel-to-wheel battle but I'm sure we'll get many in the future.”

Indeed, there will be many more battles between the Mercedes pair as the race for the World Championship heats up, starting with the German Grand Prix on July 20.

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There, Rosberg will be the fan favourite as he looks to restore his dominance at the top of the drivers’ standings.

However, if Hamilton emulates his Silverstone form in Germany, Rosberg will have a tough time keeping tabs on the Englishman, both on the track and in the race for the World Championship.