Hamilton wins at home after Rosberg retires
Lewis Hamilton won his home British Grand Prix on Sunday, slashing Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg's Formula One lead to just four points.
Hamilton, who last won at Silverstone in 2008, now has 161 points to Rosberg's 165, after the German retired for the first time this season. With 10 races remaining, Hamilton steered to his fifth win of the year.
"I don't want to see a team-mate fail, I want a one-two, but I really needed this result," said Hamilton in front of a cheering crowd.
Finland's Valtteri Bottas finished second for Williams, 30.1 seconds behind Hamilton, for his second successive podium and best-ever finish.
Mercedes-AMG's British driver Lewis Hamilton leads the race during the British Formula One Grand Prix at the Silverstone circuit in Silverstone on July 6, 2014. Photo: AFP
(L to R) Williams' Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes-AMG's British driver Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull Racing's Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo celebrate on the podium at the Silverstone circuit in Silverstone on July 6, 2014 after the British Formula One Grand Prix. Photo: AFP
Mercedes-AMG's British driver Lewis Hamilton celebrates with fans at the Silverstone circuit in Silverstone on July 6, 2014 after the British Formula One Grand Prix. Photo: AFP
Australian Daniel Ricciardo was third for Red Bull.
The race was red-flagged almost as soon as it started. Ferrari's 2007 champion Kimi Raikkonen's crash saw the Finn limping to the medical centre. BBC reported he had sore ankles but was otherwise unscathed.
It was the first time a race had been halted on the opening lap since Monaco 2000.
The re-start - after an hour's delay to fix damaged barriers - saw Hamilton racing from second place to a sweet triumph on home turf, after Rosberg reported a gearbox problem.
"I was very much in control until then," the German said. "That's why it's all the more disappointing."
- Reuters, BBC