Lewis Hamilton celebrates with champagne- Photo: Sky Sports
British F1 fans were giving their monies worth as they watched GB driver Lewis Hamilton race to victory at Silverstone on Sunday.
The highly charged race saw a catalogue of accidents and events which saw Ferrari’s Kimi Raikonnen crash his car into the guardrail and Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg retire from the race.
Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso again went head to head as Alonso accused the German of using DRS before he was allowed to- a claim which Vettel strongly denied. Speaking to the BBC after he race, Vettel admitted that Alonso was ‘a challenging’ person to race anyway so he had expected no less than he got. He also rubbished claims he cheated with the DRS saying the cars were automated to use it whe in the DRS zone so there was no way he could have influenced it.
Jenson Button was also denied a podium position in front of the home crowd, coming a narrow 4th as Vettel and Alonso battled for 5th.
An emotional Hamilton told Sky Sports that he was happy to have won the trophy on home soil and dedicated the win to the fans and the British public after a dismal qualifying round on Saturday which saw him starting from 6th position for Sunday’s race.
“It’s you guys who spurred me on so thank you so much,” Hamilton told the crowd from the podium. “We have the greatest fans here. It was you guys who spurred me on. I don’t want to see a team-mate fail, I want a one-two, but I really needed this result.”
Hamilton is now only four points away from team mate Nico Rosberg in the race for the championship title.