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Hamilton Wins In Native Britain

| , RacinToday.com Sunday, July 10 2016
Lewis Hamilton was a winner at Silverstone on Sunday.

Lewis Hamilton was a winner at Silverstone on Sunday.

Britain’s Lewis Hamilton won the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on Sunday to cap a clean sweep of every competitive aspect of the race weekend.

Fastest in each practice session, fastest in qualifying and fastest in the race, Hamilton captured his 47th career Formula One victory, his fourth this season and second in a row.

Max Verstappen finished second for Red Bull after points leader Nico Rosberg of Mercedes was penalized post-race and dropped from second to third.

Daniel Ricciardo finished fourth for Red Bull while Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen was fifth.

It was Hamilton’s third straight British Grand Prix victory and fourth overall.

Prior to Austria, the margin between the Mercedes duo was 24 points, but Hamilton’s win there cut the deficit to 11 points entering Silverstone. After the British Grand Prix, Rosberg’s advantage over Hamilton is a scant four points.

Eleven races remain, with the next event coming in two weeks with the Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest.

The 50th running of the British Grand Prix proved treacherous when heavy rain fell just before the start of the 52-lap race around the 5.891-kilometer (3.660-mile), 18-turn track. Whatever strategies teams had in place for their drivers were washed away. In their place were seat-of-the-pants decisions as the track quickly changed from wet to dry.

The race saw all 22 drivers begin the race on Pirelli’s Cinturato Blue full wet tire as the race’s first five laps were run behind the safety car. But when the safety car pulled in, so did the drivers who saw firsthand how quickly the track was drying. Off went the full wets and on went Cinturato Green intermediate tires.

Drivers from the American Haas F1 team had a tough day at Silverstone. Esteban Gutierrez finished 16th while teammate Romain Grosjean finished 20th after gearbox problems cut his race short.

A week after scoring its best collective finish at the Austrian Grand Prix in Spielberg when Grosjean finished seventh and Gutiérrez was 11th, Haas F1 Team experienced its worst collective result in the British Grand Prix.

“For sure, it’s been our toughest day since we started this adventure,” Guenther Steiner, team principal, said. “There were a few issues today. When we double stopped, we had a problem with the tire change on Esteban’s car. Then we had the power go down on all our systems. We didn’t have any GPS maps, so we didn’t know when to call them in and when not. Then Romain had a transmission failure ending his race. You always learn from your mistakes. We’ll work on getting ready for Hungary now, but we have to do better again.”

The damage, however, was negligible, as the two outfits bookending Haas F1 Team in the constructor standings – seventh-place McLaren and ninth-place Renault – also finished outside the points. Haas F1 Team remains eighth in the constructor standings with 28 points, keeping its four-point margin to McLaren and its 22-point buffer over Renault.

| , RacinToday.com Sunday, July 10 2016
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