F1: Hamilton wins British GP as Rosberg penalised

    The race started with six laps behind the safety car after a heavy shower, though it had stopped raining by the time the grand prix began.

    Published On Jul 11, 2016 09:21:00 AM

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    F1: Hamilton wins British GP as Rosberg penalised

    Lewis Hamilton took a comfortable victory in a rain-hit British Grand Prix ahead of Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Nico Rosberg, who was penalised for a breach of radio rules after a lengthy review.

    Reigning world champion Hamilton, who secured his third straight Silverstone win, crossed the line 6.9 seconds clear of Rosberg with Red Bull's Max Verstappen taking his second successive podium in third after splitting the Mercedes for much of the race.

    Verstappen nearly grabbed second when Rosberg ran into late gearbox problems.

    The German was told to shift quickly through seventh gear and given a line of advice on settings, messages the stewards investigated. Eventually, Mercedes was found guilty of breached the restrictions on team radio.

    The race started with six laps behind the safety car after a heavy shower, though it had stopped raining by the time the grand prix began.

    Several drivers, led by Kimi Raikkonen in fifth, dived straight into the pits for intermediates when the safety car pulled in but Hamilton, Rosberg and Verstappen chose to stay out.

    It proved to be smart decision as the virtual safety car was introduced when Pascal Wehrlein beached his Manor in the gravel, allowing the top three to pit and rejoin with a sizeable gap on the rest.

    Verstappen coped with the drying track better than Rosberg, carrying far more speed through Becketts and then passing around the outside within the high-speed complex for second before pulling away.

    Sebastian Vettel started the trend for dry tyres soon afterwards, with the top three maintaining the same order as they moved to slicks.

    Hamilton and Verstappen were caught out by a puddle at Abbey, pitching them over the runoff and allowing the top three to close to within five seconds just past half-distance.

    Rosberg was quicker than Verstappen as the track continued to dry and after complaining that the Red Bull driver moved too many times in defence, he eventually made a move stick to snatch second around the outside of Stowe.

    Rosberg then closed on Hamilton, getting the gap down from eight to six seconds before the gearbox scare halted his chase.

    Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo finished fourth for the fifth time in 10 races this season, with mid-race Raikkonen fifth after a late pass on Sergio Perez - who had gained ground by staying out on wets as long as the leaders - into Stowe.

    Nico Hulkenberg was seventh, ahead of Carlos Sainz Jr and Vettel, who held onto ninth despite a five-second time penalty for forcing Felipe Massa off track at Village.

    Raikkonen, Perez and Sainz all escaped excursions and spins at Abbey on the same slippery patch that caught out Hamilton and Verstappen.

    Daniil Kvyat completed the top 10 to ensure Toro Rosso's fourth double-points finish of the season.

    Massa missed out on points in 11th ahead of Jenson Button, who started 17th, and Fernando Alonso, who had a spectacular spin at Abbey and nudged the barrier before continuing.

    Jolyon Palmer had a messy home race, with 10-second stop-go penalty after his Renault team released him in the pits without a right-rear tyre, and retired late on.

    Rio Haryanto spun out at Abbey, tapping the barrier, while Kevin Magnussen, Romain Grosjean and Marcus Ericsson also failed to see the chequered flag.

    RESULTS - 52 LAPS:

    PosDriverCarGap
    1Lewis HamiltonMercedes1h34m55.831s
    2Max VerstappenRed Bull/Renault8.250s
    3Nico RosbergMercedes16.911s
    4Daniel RicciardoRed Bull/Renault26.211s
    5Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1m09.743s
    6Sergio PerezForce India/Mercedes1m16.941s
    7Nico HulkenbergForce India/Mercedes1m17.712s
    8Carlos SainzToro Rosso/Ferrari1m25.858s
    9Sebastian VettelFerrari1m31.654s
    10Daniil KvyatToro Rosso/Ferrari1m32.600s
    11Felipe MassaWilliams/Mercedes1 Lap
    12Jenson ButtonMcLaren/Honda1 Lap
    13Fernando AlonsoMcLaren/Honda1 Lap
    14Valtteri BottasWilliams/Mercedes1 Lap
    15Felipe NasrSauber/Ferrari1 Lap
    16Esteban GutierrezHaas/Ferrari1 Lap
    17Kevin MagnussenRenaultGearbox
    -Jolyon PalmerRenaultGearbox
    -Rio HaryantoManor/MercedesSpun off
    -Romain GrosjeanHaas/FerrariTransmission
    -Marcus EricssonSauber/FerrariElectrical
    -Pascal WehrleinManor/MercedesSpun off

    DRIVERS' CHAMPIONSHIP

    PosDriverPoints
    1Nico Rosberg168
    2Lewis Hamilton167
    3Kimi Raikkonen106
    4Daniel Ricciardo100
    5Sebastian Vettel98
    6Max Verstappen90
    7Valtteri Bottas54
    8Sergio Perez47
    9Felipe Massa38
    10Romain Grosjean28
    11Nico Hulkenberg26
    12Carlos Sainz26
    13Daniil Kvyat23
    14Fernando Alonso18
    15Jenson Button13
    16Kevin Magnussen6
    17Pascal Wehrlein1
    18Stoffel Vandoorne1
    19Esteban Gutierrez0
    20Jolyon Palmer0
    21Marcus Ericsson0
    22Felipe Nasr0
    23Rio Haryanto0

    CONSTRUCTORS' CHAMPIONSHIP

    PosConstructorPoints
    1Mercedes335
    2Ferrari204
    3Red Bull/Renault198
    4Williams/Mercedes92
    5Force India/Mercedes73
    6Toro Rosso/Ferrari41
    7McLaren/Honda32
    8Haas/Ferrari28
    9Renault6
    10Manor/Mercedes1
    11Sauber/Ferrari0

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