Hamilton & Rosberg Separated By A Single Point Post Silverstone

by Wade Massey July 12, 2016, 2:44

Hamilton mastered a tricky wet start followed by a drying track to equal Nigel Mansell's haul of wins on home soil and cut title rival Nico Rosberg's lead in the drivers' standings to just on point.

When the safety vehicle peeled in at the end of lap five, Hamilton opened up an astonishing lead of nearly four seconds in just one lap.

Mercedes have announced they will not challenge the decision by the stewards to penalise Nico Rosberg with a timed penalty in Sunday's British Grand Prix.

After overtaking the Mercedes with a stunning move on the outside of Chapel as the Silverstone circuit dried out following a pre-race downpour, Verstappen then lost time running wide at Turn One and was retaken by Rosberg at Stowe with 10 laps remaining.

That's why the British fans are the best and most passionate racing fans in the world, so thank you to them for making it a really great event.

But that advantage could yet become one point, with Rosberg under investigation for the advice given to him by Mercedes when gearbox problems threatened to end his podium hopes in the closing stages. With it, Hamilton was able to secure victory in Silverstone for the fourth time. As a result, Rosberg ended the race in 3 while Verstappen was promoted to 2 place.

"Lewis deserved it. I'm behind that now, I'm over it".

Heavy rain 15 minutes before the start meant that the race started behind a safety vehicle and Hamilton once again proved himself the master of wet conditions.

As the track improved, Verstappen and then Rosberg picked up the pace before Hamilton responded. Carlos Sainz of Toro Rosso was eighth, ahead of struggling Sebastian Vettel, who said his Ferrari was too slow.

Verstappen's Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo was fourth, with Kimi Raikkonen fifth for Ferrari. However, on Lap 38 Rosberg managed to reclaim second place, and set about chasing Hamilton.

"Having considered the matter extensively, the Stewards determined that the team gave some instructions to the driver that were specifically permitted under Technical Directive 014-16", said a statement from race officials. In a radio call to help resolve the problem, his engineer told him to "chassis default 0-1" and to "shift through" seventh gear, otherwise they risked not finishing.

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