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Hamilton storms to British Grand Prix victory

Hamilton, who started from pole in a race that began slowly behind the safety car because of heavy rain, has gradually eaten away at rival Rosberg's lead in the drivers' standings-PHOTO/TELEGRAPH

Hamilton, who started from pole in a race that began slowly behind the safety car because of heavy rain, has gradually eaten away at rival Rosberg’s lead in the drivers’ standings-PHOTO/TELEGRAPH

SILVERSTONE, United Kingdom, July 10- Lewis Hamilton completed a hat-trick of home wins on Sunday when he triumphed ahead of Nico Rosberg in the British Grand Prix to cut his Mercedes team-mate’s championship lead to just four points.

Defending three-time champion Hamilton reeled off his fourth win in five races as he steams up behind Rosberg in the title race, with the German also subject to a post-race inquiry into radio dialogue with the team when he had a gearbox problem.

Talented Dutch teenager Max Verstappen finished third — pushing Rosberg all the way — ahead of his Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, with Finn Kimi Raikkonen coming home fifth for Ferrari.

In a reversal of the scenes at Spielberg following last Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix, where Hamilton and Rosberg collided on the final lap, Rosberg was booed by fans during the podium ceremony at Silverstone.

“A great job and thank you so much guys for your efforts back at the factory,” said Hamilton on his victory lap.

From the podium, he added: “We’ve got the best fans here so thank you so much… I am not sure you can be as happy as I am.”

A downpour shortly before the race created some havoc and an immediate call for “full wet” tyres and a plodding safety car start.

Hamilton led the way for six laps before the real thing began, grumbling on lap four that “this safety car is just really slow.”

On lap five, he made it more obvious: “We can go, Charlie!” he said, a message directed at the race director Charlie Whiting.

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And so racing began on lap six, Hamilton throwing up a high plume of spray ahead of Rosberg as most of the rest — bar the top four — rushed to the pits for intermediate tyres.

In the pit lane, there were two near collisions before the race resumed and settled with Hamilton pulling 3.6 seconds clear by lap seven.

Both Mercedes men pitted for their intermediates on lap eight, ahead of the Red Bulls, as the Virtual Safety Car (VSC) was deployed when Pascal Wehrlein spun off at Abbey curve.

As the track improved, Verstappen and then Rosberg picked up the pace before Hamilton responded. By lap 12, he was 5.2 seconds clear with Rosberg 1.4 clear of Verstappen.

Sebastian Vettel was the first in for slick tyres after 15 laps when, in an outrageous move, Verstappen swept round Rosberg at Becketts to take second.

– Radio dialogue –

The top order stayed unchanged as the top three traded fastest laps while the circuit remained treacherous, with both Spaniards Fernando Alonso and then Carlos Sainz spinning off at Abbey, but surviving.

Rio Haryanto did the same, hit the barriers and retired.

Hamilton almost did the same, but retained control as his car twitched. Verstappen also slithered and the top three were separated by only six seconds.

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By lap 25, Hamilton was surging again, 5.9 seconds clear of Verstappen, who was defending against a rampant Rosberg.

Rosberg finally passed Verstappen on lap 38 and began to hunt down Hamilton, 8.2 seconds ahead.

The German swiftly cut that to 7.6 with 11 laps remaining while compatriot Vettel, who had forced Felipe Massa off a few laps earlier, was handed a five-second penalty.

At the front, Rosberg reeled off fastest laps, but Hamilton nursed his car, and the tyres, as he retained a six seconds’ lead until, on lap 47, Rosberg reported a gearbox problem. He lost three seconds and fell back to 11 seconds behind Hamilton.

“Avoid seventh gear,” the Mercedes team told him. “Shift through it.”

Sensing blood, Verstappen closed up, notably when the stewards launched an investigation into Rosberg’s radio dialogue, but in the end Rosberg hung on.

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  1. aman

    May 24, 2013 at 11:56 am

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  2. Eri

    May 24, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Eritreans tricked into another colonization at the beginning of independence day!!!

    Messengers of independence turned to be aggressive dictators!!!


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