Lewis Hamilton crowd-surfs after equalling Nigel Mansell's British Grand Prix record
- Autor: Michael Mitchell Jul 12, 2016,
Jul 12, 2016, 4:28
So a lead that stood at 43 points after Rosberg won the opening four races is down to just one after ten.
The results however were switched after Rosberg was slapped with a 10 second post-race penalty for an illegal team assistance about his gearbox problem.
At the time, Rosberg's auto had developed a gearbox problem and he was being advised on how to circumnavigate it - which Mercedes felt was legal as the rules allow such communication if a vehicle has a potentially terminal problem.
The Mercedes driver is now just four points behind world championship leader and team-mate Nico Rosberg at the top of the standings after chalking up his fourth win in the last five races.
However, on Lap 38 Rosberg managed to reclaim second place, and set about chasing Hamilton.
Highlights of the 52-lap race included a great battle between Rosberg and Verstappen for second place, with the Dutch teenage sensation squeezing past Rosberg on lap 16 but the German, after complaining about Verstappen's defensive moves, got his place back on lap 38. It was simply superb racing from Hamilton at the British Grand Prix, and he can milk the adulation from the crowd as much as he can as his reward.
Hamilton led every lap of a race that started under the safety vehicle in wet conditions but dried.
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For Hamilton, there was no such drama as he claimed his fourth victory in five races to get the defence of his championship firmly back on track.
"I'm catching him, so let's keep going", he told reporters. He dropped off the pace and lost nearly two seconds on Hamilton.
The race stewards claimed that since the new regulations state that the driver must drive the auto alone and unaided, Mercedes' aforementioned instruction was a breach of the Art. 27.1 of the Sporting Regulations.
Head of Mercedes motorsport Toto Wolff argued that the team acted within the rules since it is permitted to advise of critical problems with the auto.
"I could see the crowd there and I just wanted to connect with them in some way".
Meanwhile, Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo finished fourth, followed by Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen, and the Force India duo of Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg. Carlos Sainz of Toro Rosso was eighth, ahead of struggling Sebastian Vettel, who said his Ferrari was too slow.