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British Grand Prix 2016: Lewis Hamilton takes third straight Silverstone win to narrow Championship gap

The 2016 British Grand Prix ended with Lewis Hamilton cruising his way to his 4th victory of the season and his 3rd consecutive at his home


 

Wet Weather causes drama:    

The race started under a safety car after a large storm dumped plenty of water on the racing surface. Five laps under the safety car brought some agitation to some of the drivers as the rain cleared out at almost the same time the green lights came on. Many drivers followed the safety car into the pits to switch onto the intermediate tires before a full speed lap was even run. The pit phase saw cars weaving in front of each other trying to exit the pits which nearly caused a few incidents.

The wet conditions for the entire first half of the race saw almost all the drivers spin or run wide due to the water on the track. Turn 1 was especially dangerous seeing many cars spin off and some running wide and having to take some emergency actions to stay racing. Mercedes and Red Bull both kept their drivers out longer than the rest of the field which gave Hamilton all the space he needed to cruise to a victory.

 

Verstappen and Rosberg Battle all day: 

There was a fantastic battle all day long between Verstappen and Rosberg after both made the switch over to intermediates, Verstappen stayed out a lap longer and had a good pit stop to give him a lead over Rosberg. Verstappen and the Red Bull was able to hold off the Mercedes for a large portion of the race giving hope to Red Bull and the other teams that the performance gap may be closing.

Rosberg put the moves on heading into Stowe on lap 41 and was able to get around Verstappen and left the youngster to chase him down but with no avail. Rosberg held on to P2 but did have a bit of a mechanical issue when his car got stuck in 7th gear on lap 47 for a few laps which led to the Mercedes engineers talking him through the issue and telling him to skip over the gear, which has led to the team being under review and stirring, even more, controversy over the radio rules set by the FIA

 

Ferarri stumble once again:

Both of the Ferrari drivers wish they could have this weekend back. Vettel and Raikkonen both had incidents in turn 1 with a few spins and Vettel being slapped with a 5-grip spot penalty at the start of the race, followed by a 5-second penalty for forcing Massa of the track on lap 38 in a Hamilton-Rosberg-esque move from last week. While both of the Ferarri boys finished in the points, they relinquished 2nd in the constructors to Red Bull following another disappointing Grand Prix.

 

The rest of the field had no answer for Hamilton all day as he took home P1 with his teammate Rosberg behind him in 2nd barring any penalties from the radio investigation and Verstappen taking the final podium position. Today was another solid grand prix for Force India as they saw both drivers finishing 6, Perez and 7, Hulkenburg. Same goes for Toro Rosso who had both drivers finishing in the points, Sainz in P8 and Kvyat actually finishing the race in P10.

 

Provisional Classification

  1. Lewis Hamilton
  2. Nico Rosberg
  3. Max Verstappen
  4. Daniel Ricciardo
  5. Kimi Raikkonen
  6. Sergio Perez
  7. Nico Hulkenberg
  8. Carlos Sainz
  9. Sebastian Vettel
  10. Daniil Kvyat
  11. Felipe Massa
  12. Jenson Button
  13. Fernando Alonso
  14. Valtteri Bottas
  15. Felipe Nasr
  16. Esteban Gutierrez

 

DNF

Kevin Magnussen

Jolyon Palmer

Rio Haryanto

Romain Grosjean

Marcus Ericsson

Pascal Wehrlein

British Grand Prix 2016: Lewis Hamilton takes third straight Silverstone win to narrow Championship gap

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