UK F1 GP wrap: It's Hamilton at home

2014-07-06 16:32

  • Rosberg's lead slashed to four points
  • Bottas second for Williams
  • Race re-started after first-lap crash

SILVERSTONE, England - Lewis Hamilton won his home British Grand Prix on Sunday and slashed Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg's Formula 1 lead to four points after the German retired for the first time in the 2014 season.

Hamilton, who last won at Silverstone in his 2008 championship year, now has 161 points to Rosberg's 165 with 10 races remaining and his title hopes fully restored. It was his fifth win of 2014.

Hamilton told a cheering crowd in the post-race interviews: "I don't want to see a team mate fail, I wanted a 1-2, but I really needed this result."


Finland's Valtteri Bottas was second for Williams, 30.1sec behind Hamilton, for a second successive podium and best-yet finish after starting 14th following a nightmare in qualifying.

Australian Daniel Ricciardo was third for Red Bull and a further 16.3sec down the road.

The race was red-flagged almost as soon as it started after Ferrari's 2007 champion Kimi Raikkonen had a big crash that left the Finn limping to the medical centre with a sore ankle but otherwise unscathed.

It was the first time a race had been halted on the opening lap since Monaco 2000.

When it re-started behind the pace car after an hour's delay while a track crew fix the armco barrier where Raikkonen hit, Hamilton went from overnight devastation to delight as Rosberg finally suffered some of the misfortune that had plagued his team mate.


The championship and race leader reported a gearbox problem after 20 of the 52 laps and just after Hamilton's race engineer had informed the second placed Briton it was "hammer time' - time for a full-on charge.

Nine laps later Rosberg slowed, pulled over, and parked up on a wide swathe of grass as Hamilton sped past his only rival for the championship.

"It was just slowly but surely," said Rosberg, who had previously finished first or second in every race while Hamilton has endured two retirements through no fault of his own. "It started on lap 20 and then it just got worse from there.

"There was nothing I could do or that the team could suggest to save the gearbox. I was very much in control until then," added the German. "That's why it's all the more disappointing."

Hamilton's joy as he took the chequered flag was a complete contrast to the despair he felt on Saturday evening after giving pole to Rosberg.

"England!," he warbled as he took the flag to give his compatriots something to celebrate after a sporting summer of disappointment. "I couldn't be happier. I'm sorry about Saturday but a fantastic job today, as ever."


Rosberg had secured the top slot on the grid after Hamilton aborted his final lap in the mistaken belief that track conditions would not allow anybody to beat his time.

"He was devastated," his father Anthony told Sky Sports TV before the race. "Last night was tough for him - it hurt. Not being able to deliver for the fans or team, but he came back with a fresh mind."

Britain's Jenson Button, the most experienced driver in the race who has never finished on his home podium, chased Ricciardo home to take fourth for McLaren on an emotional afternoon for the 2009 champion.

"Just one more lap might have been different," acknowledged Ricciardo. "Jenson was coming but I was able to held on for the podium."

The race was the first at Silverstone for Button, who started third on the grid, since the death of his father John in January. The Briton wore a pink helmet as a tribute while fans donned 'Pink for Papa' shirts.

Red Bull's quadruple champion Sebastian Vettel finished fifth after a lively battle with Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, who took sixth after originally starting 16th and then being hit with a stop/go penalty for overshooting his mark on the grid.


Danish rookie Kevin Magnussen was seventh for McLaren, with Germany's Nico Hulkenberg eighth in a Force India. Russian Daniil Kvyat and Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne were ninth and 10th respectively for Toro Rosso.

There was disappointment for Brazilian Felipe Massa, whose 200th race start did not even last a lap. The Williams driver spun to avoid slamming at speed into Raikkonen's car as it bounced off the barriers and crossed the track but there was still contact and too much damage to make the re-start.

Result from the 2014 British Formula 1 GP at Silverstone
1 Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 2hr26min52.094
2 Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams-Mercedes +30.135
3 Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull - Renault +46.495
4 Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren +47.390
5 Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull - Renault +53.864
6 Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari +59.946
7 Kevin Magnussen (Denmark) McLaren +1min02.563
8 Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India - Mercedes +1min28.692
9 Daniil Kvyat (Russia) Toro Rosso - Renault +1min29.340
10 Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso - Renault +1 lap
11 Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India - Mercedes +1 lap
12 Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus - Renault +1 lap
13 Adrian Sutil (Germany) Sauber - Ferrari +1 lap
14 Jules Bianchi (France) Marussia - Ferrari +1 lap
15 Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) Caterham - Renault +2 laps
16 Max Chilton (Britain) Marussia - Ferrari +2 laps
Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Lotus - Renault 3 laps
Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 24 laps
Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Caterham - Renault 41 laps
Esteban Gutierrez (Mexico) Sauber - Ferrari 43 laps
Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams-Mercedes 52 laps
Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 52 laps

Fastest lap: Lewis Hamilton 1min37.176, lap 26.

Drivers’ and Constructor’ points after the 2014 British Formula 1 GP at Silverstone
1 Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes - 165
2 Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes - 161
3 Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull - 98
4 Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari - 87
5 Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams - 73
6 Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull - 70
7 Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India - 63
8 Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren - 55
9 Kevin Magnussen (Denmark) McLaren - 35
10 Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams - 30
11 Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India - 28
12 Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari - 19
13 Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso - 9
14 Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus - 8
15 Daniil Kvyat (Russia) Toro Rosso - 6
16 Jules Bianchi (France) Marussia - 2
17 Adrian Sutil (Germany) Sauber - 0
18 Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Caterham - 0
19 Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Lotus - 0
20 Esteban Gutierrez (Mexico) Sauber - 0
21 Max Chilton (Britain) Marussia - 0
22 Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) Caterham - 0

1 Mercedes - 326
2 RedBull - Renault - 168
3 Ferrari - 106
4 Williams-Mercedes - 103
5 Force India - Mercedes - 91
6 McLaren - 90
7 Toro Rosso - Renault - 15
8 Lotus - Renault - 8
9 Marussia - Ferrari - 2
10 Sauber - Ferrari - 0
11 Caterham - Renault - 0


  • Jamie Stockley - 2014-07-06 17:09

    Lewis is such a prick

      Koos White - 2014-07-06 20:57

      Speaking about yourself

  • Mike Bosman - 2014-07-06 17:17


      David Mphako - 2014-07-06 19:22

      Jamie & Mike, I don't really blame you for resisting change

  • Themba Khumalo - 2014-07-06 17:34

    Shameful reporting. Hamilton started 6th, NOT 4th!

  • Zee Komani - 2014-07-06 17:58

    He was standing 4th at the restart.

  • Michael Clifford Georgopoulos - 2014-07-07 00:27

    That had to be fore gone conclusion.........can you imagine if he lost AGAIN to Rosberg???........Hollow victory!!!Shame I suppose they had to let him win this one. ....because he would have cried his baby little boys heart out.....thrown his little toys out the cot.Shame poor boy!!!

      David Mphako - 2014-07-07 05:04

      I think I heard more cries from Vettel & Alonso. Strange enough that still Lewis is the only bad guy out of the whole group. Once more, I don't blame another Mike for resisting change

  • Alex Stamp - 2014-07-07 09:35

    There was a GP race this weekend?...

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