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Lewis Hamilton overcomes poor start to win British Grand Prix

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For the second year running Lewis Hamilton triumphed in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone and extended his world championship lead to 17 points over his team-mate Nico Rosberg.

It wasn't plain sailing, however, as Hamilton had to overcome a poor start from pole position for the second race in a row. There was also a misjudgment of pace after a safety car left the track following an incident on the first laps. Finally, a change in the weather from blue skies and sunshine to several rain showers towards to end of the race.

At the start of the race, when the cars were lining up on the grid following the formation lap, Hamilton was heard over his radio complaining to his race engineer Pete Bonnington that he had no grip on the track. Once the green light came on he was overtaken by the Williams driver Felipe Massa.


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On the first lap, however, there was an incident between Lotus team-mates Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado, which resulted in McLaren driver Fernando Alonso colliding with his team-mate Jenson Button while trying to avoid the Lotus drivers.

This incident resulted in a safety car being deployed, which gave Hamilton the opportunity to get up right behind the race leader Massa and attempt an aggressive move once the safety car came in.

Perfect pit stop

Unfortunately for Hamilton, he messed up the manoeuvre and briefly ran off the track allowing the other Williams driver Valtteri Bottas to overtake him.

For the next 30 minutes, Hamilton had to bide his time behind the two Williams drivers and wait for the opportunity to pass them.

That opportunity arose on lap 19 when Hamilton was called in first by his Mercedes team and drove a stunning in-lap, and aided by an almost perfect tyre change routine by his mechanics, managed to get out in front of both the Williams drivers with team-mate Rosberg back in fourth place.

Rainy day

Nothing much happened then until lap 36 when the rain started, which gave Rosberg the opportunity to pass both Williams drivers as his Mercedes car handled the conditions better than the Williams.

The rain then stopped very briefly but returned much heavier and all the cars had to come in and change to intermediate tyres. The only change in positions from then until the end of the race was Sebastian Vettel moving up from fifth place to third and getting himself on the podium.

After the race, Hamilton admitted that making a bad start had made the race more exciting for the fans, but also admitted to being completely elated at achieving the victory in front of his fans on his home track.

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