Baku, July 11, AZERTAC
A brilliant drive in mixed conditions gave Lewis Hamilton his fourth win of the season, his 47th career victory and his fourth triumph in Great Britain, drawing him level with Nigel Mansell for wins on home soil, according to the official website of Formula 1. Only Alain Prost has won more times at Silverstone than Hamilton, and only Prost and Jim Clark have won more times in Britain as a whole.
Hamilton is also just the second driver – after Jim Clark – to have won three British Grands Prix in a row.
Hamilton led 51 of the 52 laps on Sunday to help move Mercedes ahead of Red Bull and into fifth on the all-time list for laps led by teams. Only Ferrari, McLaren Williams and Lotus have led more.
Nico Rosberg claimed his fifth fastest lap of the season to deny Hamilton a British Grand Prix hat-trick. However, subject to appeal, the German became the first driver to lose second place in a Grand Prix because of a penalty since Daniel Ricciardo lost second place at the 2014 Australian Grand Prix over a fuel flow issue.
Max Verstappen scored his second podium in as many races - the first time in his career he has scored successive rostrum finishes. The young Dutchman has now stood on the podium three times – once more than father Jos managed in his 106-start F1 career.
Verstappen's tally of 18 points - he inherited second due to Rosberg's penalty - means he has scored 77 points since joining Red Bull in Spain. Lewis Hamilton (on 110 points) is the only driver to have scored more points over the same period.
Kimi Raikkonen celebrated his 100th start for Ferrari with fifth place - a result that helped him maintain his grip on third in the championship.
Daniel Ricciardo meanwhile leapt ahead of Sebastian Vettel for fourth in the standings with his fifth fourth-place finish in ten races. The Australian has now scored points in six successive races, extending the longest current points streak in F1.
Force India celebrated their home Grand Prix by collecting their fourth double points finish of the season, with Sergio Perez sixth and Nico Hulkenberg seventh.
Carlos Sainz bagged eighth place for the second race in a row. The young Spaniard has failed to finish in the top ten just three times this season.
The British Grand Prix weekend was one to forget for Sebastian Vettel. Disregarding mechanical or tyre issues, Vettel's ninth place represented his worst finish since the Malaysian Grand Prix in 2012 when he was 11th.
With Raikkonen coming fifth, it was just the second time this season (when both drivers have reached the chequered flag) that Vettel has finished behind his team mate – and the result came just a day after he was out-qualified by Raikkonen for just the third time this season…
It was also a poor race weekend for Williams who failed to get either car home in the points for just the second time this season.
Toro Rosso, in contrast, registered their first double-points finish since Spain, when Daniil Kvyat rejoined the team. The Russian matched his finish in that race at Barcelona by finishing 10th, less than one second behind Vettel, while Sainz was two spots up the road in eighth.
Williams lost their grip on the DHL Fastest Pit Stop Award, failing to register the quickest tyre change for the first time this year as Mercedes took the spoils with a 2.33s stop for Lewis Hamilton.
After celebrating their first points of the season in Austria, Manor recorded their first double DNF of the season at Silverstone with both Pascal Wehrlein and Rio Haryanto spinning into the gravel at Abbey.
For the second time this season, the race started behind the safety car. That helped ensure that for just the second time this season – following on from Austria – Lewis Hamilton led the first lap of the race. Will he lead the first lap in Hungary in two weeks' time? The odds look good – the Briton has claimed pole there in three of the last four years…
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