Last weekend Silverstone celebrated a special anniversary – it was the 50th time the famous circuit hosted the British Grand Prix. And to mark the occasion, we had a British driver stand on top of the podium.
Despite a disappointing qualifying for the British driver, starting the race from sixth position in his Mercedes-Benz, Hamilton came through and emerged victorious, putting his title hopes back on track.
Hamilton’s victory was compounded by his teammate, Nico Rosberg’s retirement from the race with gearbox failure. At the time the German was in the lead, but a full points haul for Hamilton and a DNF for the German means Lewis now trails Nico by just four points.
It’s game on at the front of the field for the rest of the season.
RAIKKONEN’S 150MPH SMASH STOPS RACE
This wasn’t the most dramatic headline of the weekend, however. On the opening lap of the race Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen ran off track as he exited on to the Wellington Straight. As the Ferrari rejoined the road surface, it bounced over a little channel in the grass, pitching the car into a spin.
The Finn lost control of his car and impacted the guardrail at 150mph, recording 47g on the on-board sensor.
The smash was so hard it forced a red flag and a lengthy stoppage to repair the broken Armco. Thankfully Raikkonen was ok, with just bruising to his ankles, proving how far safety has come in Formula One.
RACE RESTART BEHIND SAFETY CAR
The race restarted under the safety car with Rosberg still in the lead. Hamilton got passed Jenson Button’s McLaren and conserved his tyres a touch before cutting the 5.7-second deficit to Rosberg.
Hamilton cut the gap to 2.8 seconds with Rosberg then diving into the pits for fresh tyres. But the German later reported problems changing down the gears, which later developed into a problem shifting all gears.
With Hamilton breathing down his neck, the German’s Mercedes eventually failed, with the transmission breakage allowing Hamilton to cruise to victory and keep the title race alive.
There were good results all down the field, with Williams driver Valtterri Bottas going on better than last time out in Austria and recording a second place finish.
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo stood on the podium once more in third with his teammate in fifth.
MCLAREN FORTUNES ON THE UP
McLaren picked the right race to improve their performance, with Jenson Button narrowly missing out on a podium in fourth place.
His teammate Magnussen also finished well in seventh, with both cars converting strong qualifying results into solid points finishes. It was great to see the British fans get behind our local T W White & Sons squad at Silverstone, the home of British motorsport.
BRAVE NEW WORLD
So, at nearly half way through the 2014 Grand Prix season, it seems the new-for-this-year rules and regulations have proved a success, with close racing up and down the field.
But what do you think? Did you watch the British Grand Prix on Sunday? Who would you like to see win the title – Hamilton or Rosberg? Do you think the new regulations have improved the racing this year?