Monday, July 6, 2015

2015 BRITISH GP: HOME VICTORY IS ALWAYS SPECIAL

Lewis Hamilton took a third career British Grand Prix win and his fifth victory of the 2015 season in an incident-packed race at Silverstone, despite an early upset which saw the Briton passed by both Williams cars.

Hamilton made a bad getaway at the start and was passed by Felipe Massa into turn one and then, following a short safety car period following a lap one crash at the back of the field, the Briton was passed by Valtteri Bottas on the restart.

The championship leader made amends later on, however, bypassing both Williams in the first pit stop window. Having taken the lead, he then didn’t look back and powered to the 38th win of his career despite the onset of rain in the second half of the race.

Rosberg also got away badly at the start and was passed by the Williams cars. His route to the podium was tricker than Hamilton’s and he spent the bulk of the race chasing down Bottas and Massa. He eventually made his way past the duo in the damp second half of the race to complete Mercedes’ sixth one-two finish of the season.

Sebastian Vettel finished third, profiting in the unpredictable wet conditions late in the race to vault past the Williams cars and claim his sixth podium finish of the year.

2015 BRITISH GRAND PRIX, SILVERSTONE
52 laps, 306.198km., Weather: Sunny/Rain.
CLASSIFICATION:
 P.     DRIVER             TEAM            TIME   
 1. Lewis Hamilton      Mercedes AMG   1h31:27.729
 2. Nico Rosberg        Mercedes AMG    +   10.956
 3. Sebastian Vettel    Ferrari         +   25.443
 4. Felipe Massa        Williams        +   36.839
 5. Valtteri Bottas     Williams        + 1:03.194
 6. Danill Kvyat        Red Bull        + 1:03.955
 7. Nico Hulkenberg     Force India     + 1:18.744
 8. Kimi Raikkonen      Ferrari         +    1 lap
 9. Sergio Perez        Force India     +    1 lap
10. Fernando Alonso     McLaren         +    1 lap
11. Marcus Ericsson     Sauber          +    1 lap
12. Roberto Merhi       Manor           +   3 laps
13. Will Stevens        Manor           +   3 laps

Fastest Lap: Lewis Hamilton - 1:37.136            

2014. Lewis Hamilton - Mercedes AMG - 2h26:52.094

NOT CLASSIFIED:
DRIVER              TEAM             ON LAP       
Carlos Sainz JR      Toro Rosso        32
Daniel Ricciardo     Red Bull          21
Max Verstappen       Toro Rosso         4
Pastor Maldonado     Lotus              1
Jenson Button        McLaren            1
Romain Grosjean      Lotus              1
Felipe Nasr          Sauber       not started


After 9 Races:                
Drivers:                    Constructors:         
 1. Lewis Hamilton    194   1. Mercedes AMG  371
 2. Nico Rosberg      177   2. Ferrari       211
 3. Sebastian Vettel  135   3. Williams      151
 4. Valtteri Bottas    77   4. Red Bull       63
 5. Kimi Raikkonen     76   5. Force India    39
 6. Felipe Massa       74   6. Lotus          29
 7. Daniel Ricciardo   36   7. Sauber         21
 8. Danill Kvyat       27   8. Toro Rosso     19
 9. Nico Hulkenberg    24   9. McLaren         5
10. Romain Grosjean    17
11. Felipe Nasr        16
12. Sergio Perez       15
13. Pastor Maldonado   12
14. Max Verstappen     10
15. Carlos Sainz JR.    9
16. Marcus Ericsson     5
17. Jenson Button       4
18. ernando Alonso      1