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Home win for Hamilton

AND THE WINNER IS: Lewis Hamilton

LEWIS HAMILTON stormed to a British Grand Prix win today (July 6) in front of his adoring fans.

The Silverstone faithful wanted an exciting 50th British Grand Prix and that is exactly what they got with a red flag, a retirement and a safety car in the first two laps.

The race had started superbly for the Britons Jenson Button and Hamilton who moved up one and two places, respectively.

Hamilton was 29 points behind his teammate Nico Rosberg and started the race from sixth after failing to do another lap in Saturday's qualifying; a decision he admitted was a mistake and one he shouldn't have made.

He told the crowd after his second victory at the Northamptonshire track: “We've got the greatest fans here. When I arrived today, it's you guys that spurred me on.”

Kimi Raikkonen found himself in the medical centre after crashing into a guardrail and being clipped by Felipe Massa, before limping from his car. Thankfully, he is okay.

It was a disappointing 200th race for Massa who made the lonely walk from the track after clipping the flying Finn's airborne car. The race was suspended as the guardrail was repaired and the drivers started again an hour later with the cars staying in the position they had gained or lost in the initial race.

Stevenage-born Hamilton took the lead during the 30th lap as Rosberg's gearbox failed and the latter had his first retirement of the season.

The 2008 champion was behind the German at the restart but when he pitted, he came out on hard compound tyres and immediately started taking seconds out of Rosberg's lead and within five laps he was in the lead.

From that 30th lap it was plain sailing for the winner, as no one challenged him as he managed his tyres superbly to ensure he got home in a much need first place.

It was the 27th win of his career, equally the record of F1 legend, Sir Jackie Stewart, and puts him just four points behind Rosberg in the championship race.

Valteri Bottas got his second consecutive podium by finishing just behind Hamilton. Daniel Ricciardo continued to out peform his teammate - current champion Sebastian Vettel - by crossing the line third.

Button just missed out on the podium on a day when Silverstone came together to celebrate the life of his father, John who died earlier this year, by wearing pink shirts.

A delighted Hamilton confessed: "I honestly feel I had the pace today. I was catching Nico in the first stint and was feeling pretty comfortable.

"I never want to see my team-mate fail like that. I was looking forward to a wheel-to-wheel battle but I'm sure we'll get many in the future."

The Formula One roadshow now moves to the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim on July 20.

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