Lewis Hamilton has won the 2015 British Grand Prix after battling through hard rain and losing the lead early on in the race. The Mercedes driver managed to clinch the lead at the first pit stops and, despite contest from Williams racer Felipe Massa, was able to bring home his third win at Silverstone.
The race started poorly for Hamilton, as he lost his lead early on to Massa and had to fend off a challenge from William’s Valtteri Bottas for second place. At the end of the first lap, both Lotus cars and both McLarens were knocked out of the race in a pileup on the first corner, for which the safety car was brought in.
Hamilton attempted to regain his lead from Massa at the safety car line, but ran off track, losing second place to Bottas. However, Hamilton was able to regain the lead following an undercut maneuver after the first pit stop.
The last few laps of the race saw heavy rain falling, causing the Williams racers to struggle and falter due to poor tire selection. This allowed Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel to take the third place spot behind the two Mercedes drivers.
Many commentators have argued that the rain allowed the racers to demonstrate their real skill, making particular note of Hamilton’s patient and cool-headed approach to the end of the race. Hamilton’s timing for tire changes was – many argue – what won him the race.
Mercedes came under fire from competitor Williams after calling a ‘dummy’ pit stop, bringing their mechanics into the pit lane to give off the illusion of preparing for a pit stop in the hopes that Williams would do the same, thereby robbing them of the initiative. However, Williams did not fall for the tactic and continued to race unabated.
Hamilton, who had previously expressed a desire to secure a home win for this year’s Grand Prix, conveyed sincere joy at his victory, stating that he was ‘tearing up’ on the last lap of the race. The result was met by elation from fans, 140,000 of whom filled the seats at Silverstone.
This week’s win is the fifth of the season for the British racer and sees his championship lead extend to 17 points ahead of German competitor Nico Rosberg, at 194 and 177 points respectively. It is his third British Grand Prix win and his 38th win overall, which puts him just two places behind Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in the all-time race winner’s list.
Hamilton’s next race will be the Hungarian Grand Prix on July 26th, and fans are hoping for sequel to this week’s victory. The Briton’s win will put him in pole position for Hungary, which is theoretically good news. However, Hamilton failed to make the most of his pole position in the Austrian Grand Prix.
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