Reigning Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton won a thrilling victory at Silverstone after getting his tyre strategy bang on during one of the most eventful races of the season.
The Mercedes driver snatched his second consecutive British Grand Prix after stopping earlier than his rivals at Williams to change his tyres. Despite starting on pole, Hamilton had to pass both Williams after losing the lead off the line and second place at a re-start following an early safety car. But he fought back to take the lead at the first pit stops.
Clearly elated with his performance, he explained: “The rain came and I just lost temperature in my front tyres. It’s always trickier for the guy who’s out in the lead, because you’re the first one to get it and it’s questionable how much risk you take.
“But for the first time in my Formula One career, I made the perfectly right choice in coming in. I feel extremely happy about that.”
With his Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg coming second and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel taking third place, Hamilton has now extended his championship lead to 17 points.
Paul Hembery, motorsport director for Pirelli tyres, said: “That was certainly one of the most exciting races of the year, during which the timing of the pit stops was absolutely crucial – not just once, but twice, when the rain began to fall properly right at the end.
“Strategy was key to the race, with big gains and losses at stake depending on which tyres were chosen and when. Once more the crowd at the British Grand Prix was absolutely fantastic this year: the scenes of celebration at the end were of the sort that you rarely experience anywhere else in the world.”
Denna Bowman, Head Office