HAPPY HAMILTON: Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton is elated after winning the 2015 British Grand Prix the Silverstone circuit, his home GP. Image: AFP/Oli Scarff
SILVERSTONE, England - Lewis Hamilton celebrated an unexpected first at the British Grand Prix on Sunday (July 5) even if his victory was exactly what the army of home fans had expected.
Hamilton said: "I think for the first time probably in my career I made the perfect choice tyre-wise." The double world champion was speaking to reporters after leading a Mercedes 1-2 with team mate and title rival Nico Rosberg.
"So I'm really, really happy with that."
'WHEELS KEPT SPINNING'
The Briton had started on pole but lost out at the start when he suffered wheelspin and Felipe Massa came charging through in his Williams, closely followed by team mate Valtteri Bottas.
Hamilton said: "As I dropped the clutch, just wheel spinning, I'm looking in my mirrors to see what's going, on but it just keeps on wheel spinning.
"(I thought) I'm going to lose my position to at least someone and obviously the Williams came past."
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The safety car was deployed on the opening lap after a collision between the Lotuses and McLarens and Hamilton tried to make a move on Massa when the racing re-started, but went too hard and wide as Bottas swept past.
Hamilton then got ahead of Massa and Rosberg by pitting first but late rain posed an additional problem with the race outcome hanging on when to switch to intermediate tyres.
One taken on too early or too late, could have lost time or destroyed the tyres but Hamilton again called it right and broke compatriot Jackie Stewart's 45-year-old record of 17 consecutive races led.
The 30-year-old said: "It's always trickier for the guy who's out in the lead...and it's questionable how much risk you take."
Hamilton posted a picture on his Instagram account following his victory:
If Sunday (July 5) was one of the trickiest races he has had at Silverstone, the reward was to lay hands on the golden Royal Automobile Club trophy that carries the name of every British GP winner since the championship started in 1950.
So many names are on it that the most recent ones have been inscribed on an extra plinth, whose absence from the prize giving allowed four times world champion Sebastian Vettel a joke at Hamilton's expense.
The German, inspecting it, pointed out that the names stopped in 2005.
"Why did they give you the wrong one?," Vettel enquired, well aware that Hamilton had moaned earlier in the week that many of the sport's current trophies were poorly made and lacking appeal.
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