Hamilton shines brightest at Silverstone

World champion now leads second-placed Rosberg by 17 points

Afp July 05, 2015
Lewis Hamilton became the first British driver since David Coulthard in 1999-2000 to post successive wins at the British Grand Prix. PHOTO: REUTERS

SILVERSTONE: Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton won his second successive British Grand Prix on Sunday to extend his lead in the championship standings over Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg.

Hamilton — the first British driver since David Coulthard to post successive wins in the race — came home 10 seconds clear of Rosberg in yet another Mercedes 1-2, with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in third.

Hamilton — whose victory was watched by 140,000 people, the largest attendance since 1992 — took his points tally to 194 and a lead of 17 over Rosberg, who had narrowed the gap to 10 prior to this weekend.

Recovering after losing his pole position advantage at the start, Hamilton stormed back into contention and regained the lead with a superbly-executed pit-stop to win by 10.956 seconds.

It was his third win in his home race, his fifth win this year and the 38th of his career.

Four-time champion Vettel took full advantage of the changing conditions with an equally well-timed stop to switch to intermediate tyres during the showers.

“Thank you everyone for coming out today and making my weekend,” said Hamilton. “I really wanted to do it for you guys. I am so thankful.”

Meanwhile, Rosberg accepted his defeat gracefully. “I was pushing hard to try and catch Lewis under difficult conditions,” said the German. “But he made the better call and that is where I lost it. Fair play to him.” 

Published in The Express Tribune, July 6th,  2015.

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