Lewis Hamilton weathers the storm to win the British GP for the third time

CJJ604kWUAAh3fCLewis Hamilton won the 2015 Formula 1 British Grand Prix after an inspired drive in changeable conditions at Silverstone – his third triumph on home soil.

The world champion saw off the threat of early leaders Williams, and then made an inspired pit call when rain hit late in the race to ensure victory over Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg and the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel.

Excellent starts for Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas saw Williams in charge of the opening laps and it was only after the first round of stops that Hamilton took control.

But when rain arrived around lap 35, Rosberg began to rapidly close on his team mate and it was Hamilton who blinked first, pitting for intermediate tyres on lap 43. It initially looked premature, but ultimately proved to be perfect timing, as the heavens opened over the circuit.

The leading pack followed Hamilton’s example and after the stops panned out Williams were the losers, with Vettel jumping both their drivers, leaving Massa and Bottas a disappointed fourth and fifth at the flag.

Nico Hulkenberg was seventh in the revised Force India, separated from ninth-placed team mate Sergio Perez by the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen. And there was finally reason to smile at McLaren, as Fernando Alonso scored his first point of the year in tenth.

Drama at the rear of the field on the opening lap had accounted for the Lotuses of Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado, and McLaren’s Jenson Button, as a domino-effect collision at Turn 1 also left Alonso pitting for a new nose.

Sauber’s Felipe Nasr failed to even take the start thanks to gearbox issues on the formation lap, while Max Verstappen put his Toro Rosso into the gravel at Farm on lap 4. Next to retire was Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo – with electrical problems – on lap 23, while Toro Rosso stablemate Carlos Sainz succumbed to technical woes on lap 34.

British Grand Prix Race Results
Pos. Car # Driver Laps Behind Status Points
1 44 Lewis Hamiton 52 Leader Running 25
2 6 Nico Roseberg 52 -10.956 Running 18
3 5 Sebastian Vettel 52 -25.443 Running 15
4 19 Felipe Massa 52 -36.839 Running 12
5 77 Valtteri Bottas 52 -1:03.194 Running 10
6 26 Daniil Kvyat 52 -1:03.955 Running 8
7 27 Nico Hulkenberg 52 -1:18.744 Running 6
8 7 Kimi Raikkonen 51 -1 Lap Running 4
9 11 Sergio Perez 51 -1 Lap Running 2
10 14 Fernando Alonso 51 -1 Lap Running 1
11 9 Marcus Ericsson 51 -1 Lap Running 0
12 98 Roberto Merhi 49 -3 Laps Running 0
13 28 Will Stevens 49 -3 Laps Running 0
14 55 Carlos Sainz Jr 33 -19 laps Retired 0
15 3 Daniel Ricciardo 23 -29 Laps Retired 0
16 33 Max Verstappen 4 -48 Laps Retired 0
17 13 Pastor Maldonado 1 -51 Laps Retired 0
18 8 Romain Grojean 1 -51 Laps Retired 0
19 22 Jenson Button 1 -51 Laps Retired 0
20 12 Felipe Nasr 0 -52 Laps DNS 0

 

Drivers Championship
After Race 9 of the 2015 season at British Grand Prix
Pos. Car # Driver Team Wins Points Behind
1 44 L. Hamiton Mercedes 5 194 Leader
2 6 N. Roseberg Mercedes 3 177 -17
3 5 S. Vettel Ferrari 1 135 -59
4 77 V. Bottas William-Mercedes 0 77 -117
5 7 K. Raikkonen Ferrari 0 76 -118
6 19 F. Massa William-Mercedes 0 74 -120
7 3 D. Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-Renault 0 36 -158
8 26 D. Kvyat Red Bull Racing-Renault 0 27 -167
9 27 N. Hulkenberg Force india-Mercedes 0 24 -170
10 8 R. Grojean Lotus-Mercedes 0 17 -177
11 12 Felipe Nasr Sauber-Ferrari 0 16 -178
12 11 S. Perez Force india-Mercedes 0 15 -179
13 13 P. Maldonado Lotus-Mercedes 0 12 -182
14 33 M. Verstappen Toro Rosso 0 10 -184
15 55 C. Sainz Jr Toro Rosso 0 9 -185
16 9 M. Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 0 5 -189
17 22 J. Button McLaren-Honda 0 4 -190
18 14 F. Alonso McLaren-Honda 0 1 -193
19 98 R. Merhi Marussia-Ferrari 0 0 -194
20 28 W. Stevens Marussia-Ferrari 0 0 -194
21 20 K. Magnussen McLaren-Honda 0 0 -194

 

Constructors Championship
After Race 9 of the 2015 season at British Grand Prix
Pos. Team Wins Points Behind
1 Mercedes 8 371 Leader
2 Ferrari 1 211 -160
3 Williams-Mercedes 0 151 -220
4 Red Bull Racing-Renault 0 63 -308
5 Force India-Mercedes 0 39 -332
6 Lotus-Renault 0 29 -342
7 Sauber-Ferrari 0 21 -350
8 Toro Rosso-Renault 0 19 -352
9 McLaren-Honda 0 5 -366
10 Marussia-Ferrari 0 0 -371

 

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