Lewis Hamilton is victorious in the British GP for the second time in his career.
Mercedes’ driver, Lewis Hamilton came from behind after starting in sixth place and went on to take the chequered flag as the winner of the 50th FIA Formula One 2014 British Grand Prix at the Silverstone circuit. The 2008 World Champion has now picked up his second race victory on home turf with the last one being six years ago.
Williams’ driver, Valtteri Bottas also has a good reason to celebrate after the 52 lap marathon, as he managed to secure second place for himself, which follows his first podium finish in Formula One at the Austrian Grand Prix two weeks ago where he claimed third place.
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo managed to hold onto his position and he crossed the finish line to take the third and final spot on the podium. The Australian driver was being hunted down in the closing stages of the race by McLaren’s Jenson Button, but the Englishman could not catch Ricciardo in time to take the place from him. Button had to settle for a fourth place finish in front of his home crowd as a result.
Button’s team mate, Kevin Magnussen finished the race a few places behind the 2009 World Champion to take seventh place. Ricciardo’s team mate, Sebastian Vettel may have lost out to him in terms of finishing the race lower down the pack, but the German driver had a competitive and successful scrap for position with Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso in the latter stages of the action on the track. Vettel had the upper hand in the end and completed the race in fifth place.
Alonso was not only beaten by Vettel on the track, but the Spaniard was also under investigation by the stewards on lap eight for the purpose of being out of position on the original grid for the start of the race. The Former double World Champion was later issued with a five second stop and go penalty by the stewards and finished in sixth place overall.
Alonso seemed to have more luck in the race than his team mate, Kimi Raikkonen. The Finnish driver’s race came to an unfortunate end before it had barely begun. Raikkonen ran wide, which led him into a spin in his car and he was on, then off and across the track before he crashed into the barrier at the Wellington straight. Raikkonen got out of his car following the accident and was taken to the medical centre at the circuit. It has been reported that Raikkonen is ok, suffering only a bruised ankle and is being checked over by the medical team there.
Bottas’ team mate, Felipe Massa was also a victim of Raikkonen’s accident, but he appeared to escape it fairly unscathed. The Brazilian driver took evasive action and turned his car to avoid being collected by Raikkonen. Massa ended up with left rear tyre damage to his car and he retired from his 200th Formula One race on lap two, when it was red flagged as a result of Raikkonen’s accident.
Caterham’s Kamui Kobayashi ended up with a damaged nose cone on his car, as he went off the track in an attempt to avoid Raikkonen. Marussia’s Max Chilton was also at the forefront of the action at the time of Raikkonen’s incident. The Englishman had damage to the front of his car when a wheel off Raikkonen’s car hit it. Chilton was then under investigation by the stewards for entering the pits after the red flag and was issued with a drive through penalty as a result of this.
The stewards’ work continued as there was contact at the start between Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne and Force India’s Sergio Perez for the purpose of causing a collision. It was later reported that no further action would be taken with the pair.
Vergne picked up the 10th and final point scoring position for himself, while Perez just missed out on the points by finishing behind the Frenchman.
Vergne’s team mate, Daniil Kvyat managed to pip him in terms of securing a place higher up the final race classification list. The Russian rookie driver crossed the finish line just in front of Vergne to take ninth place.
Perez’s team mate, Nico Hulkenberg secured eighth place for himself and picked up some points for the team in the process. The drivers faced a delay of one hour until the race was restarted, in order for the barrier to be repaired at the side of the track and to allow the stewards to clear Raikkonen’s car and the debris left behind from his accident.
There were further retirements to come when the race got underway again. Sauber’s Esteban Gutierrez had contact with Lotus Renault’s Pastor Maldonado on lap 10. It was reported that the two drivers would be investigated after the race for the purpose of causing a collision. It has not yet been announced whether any further action will be taken with the pair. Gutierrez was out of the race instantly following the incident and Maldonado pulled off the track on the penultimate lap which spelt the end of his race as well.
Kobayashi’s team mate, Marcus Ericsson also failed to make the finish line. The Swedish driver returned to the pits on lap 12 and retired from the race due to left front suspension damage on his car.
Hamilton’s team mate, Nico Rosberg was among those who retired from the race. The pole sitter and last year’s winner of the British Grand Prix, had mentioned via his team radio during the race that he was having problems with the gears on his car. The German driver then pulled off the track on lap 30 and took no further part in the action.
Following a dramatic 50th British Grand Prix at the Silverstone circuit, the events that unfolded on the track prove just how unpredictable the sport is and Hamilton was the man of the moment who was rewarded with the race victory on home turf.
Hamilton’s race result also means that he has closed the gap by just four points to his team mate Rosberg, who is still leading the Drivers’ Championship standings at present.
The drivers and teams now have two weeks to prepare until they head to the Hockenheimring for the German Grand Prix. It remains to be seen whether the tables will turn to favour Rosberg when he will be racing on home turf there, or if Hamilton will continue his winning formula demonstrated in the race today.