There’s no place like home for Formula 1 superstar Lewis Hamilton.
The Mercedes ace triumphed in this year’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone to claim his fourth win of the season and 47th of his career.
An eventful final lap saw the reigning world champion capture the lead in the race’s closing stages after trailing teammate Nico Rosberg by a mere half-a-second.
Hamilton enjoyed yet another comfortable drive, winning from pole in a race held in mixed conditions and eventually in a winning total time of one hour 34 minutes 563831 seconds.
Max Verstappen of Red Bull Racing finished in second place. He was originally third, but a 10-second time penalty handed to Nico Rosberg hours after the race saw the pair switch positions.
“Best weekend of the whole year!” an elated Hamilton said after the race. “I couldn’t believe it started raining at the beginning of the race. I thought: ‘are you serious?’ " It makes it so much harder for everyone when that was going really slowly and my rear brakes were getting way too cold, so I was trying to heat them up and before I knew it I’m heading straight for the back of the thing! Thank goodness I could turn! Luckily it was okay and from there I was feeling great in the wet conditions.
"A huge thank you first of all to the team for doing such an amazing job. Our performance this weekend has been outstanding. The engineers and mechanics did a great job, so big thanks to all of them once again. And then the crowd... I mean, where do they all come from? It’s absolutely amazing! Nothing we see in any other country even comes close - and that for me just shows the passion us Brits have for sport, regardless of the weather. It’s pouring down and these guys are just like ‘yeah, we love it!’”
In fourth place was Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, fifth was Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, sixth and seventh were Force India’s Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg, while Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz Jr. rounded out the top eight.
|2||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||8.25|
|4||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull||26.211|
|6||Sergio Perez||Force India||1'16.941|
|7||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India||1'17.712|
|8||Carlos Sainz Jr.||Toro Rosso||1'25.858|
|10||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso||1'32.600|
|11||Felipe Massa||Williams||1 Lap|
|12||Jenson Button||McLaren||1 Lap|
|13||Fernando Alonso||McLaren||1 Lap|
|14||Valtteri Bottas||Williams||1 Lap|
|15||Felipe Nasr||Sauber||1 Lap|
|16||Esteban Gutierrez||Haas||1 Lap|
|17||Kevin Magnussen||Renault||3 Laps|
|dnf||Jolyon Palmer||Renault||15 Laps|
|dnf||Rio Haryanto||Manor||28 Laps|
|dnf||Romain Grosjean||Haas||35 Laps|
|dnf||Marcus Ericsson||Sauber||41 Laps|
|dnf||Pascal Wehrlein||Manor||46 Laps|
The 2016 FIA Formula One World Championship resumes from July 22 to 24 with the Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix in Hungary. It will be the 11th round of the 21-race 2016 season.