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Lewis Hamilton won the Silverstone Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton, the British driver from Mercedes won his home race at Silverstone, and increased its leading position in the Formula One championship.

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Lewis Hamilton, the British driver from Mercedes won his home race at Silverstone, and increased its leading position in the Formula One championship. During the Grand Prix, many twists happened, making unpredictable his victory until the end. At the start, Felipe Massa, the brazilian driver from Williams, was able to reach an unexpected first position. Then a change of weather conditions and the beginning of a big rain altered all the race strategies. In these circumstances Hamilton was able to reach and to maintain the lead of race. Instead, other drivers such as Massa and Bottas from Williams and Raikkonen from Ferrari adopted the wet tyres in the wrong moment, losing many positions1. Surprisingly, Sebastian Vettel, the other driver from Ferrari, was able to exploit the uncertain moments of the race to catch an excellent third position with an underperforming car.

After crossing the line during the last lap, Hamilton “shed a tear on his final time round, before saluting the adoring crowd”2. The British supporters were excited and astonished by his remarkable result. During the press conference, Lewis said “To see a sea of British fans out there today with the flags, the caps, it was a huge day for me; A really special day, I can’t find the words to explain how happy I am”3. It is the third win at Silverstone for the Mercedes driver and the 38th one in his career. At the moment, his only concrete rival for the title is his teammate Nico Rosberg, who obtained the 2nd position. In this season the Mercedes team is continuing to have a huge superiority against other teams. In fact, the two “Silver Arrows” already achieved many other one-two wins in 2015.

The big loser of this weekend was Kimi Raikkonen, the Finnish driver from Ferrari. In fact, due to a wrong race strategy, he finished with a disappointing 8th place, despite his 5th position obtained in qualify. Consequently, this episode increased the rumours about the arrival of a new driver at Maranello to replace him in 2016. In fact, according to BBC Sport the Italian team already made a “short list” of potential candidates for the next year, including Nico Hulkenberg, Daniel Ricciardo and Valtteri Bottas4.

At the moment the actual driver and constructor standings in Formula One are5:

Driver Standing

1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 194

2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 177

3 Sebastian Vettel Scuderia Ferrari 135

4 Valtteri Bottas Williams Martini Racing-Mercedes 77

5 Kimi Räikkönen Scuderia Ferrari 76

6 Felipe Massa Williams Martini Racing-Mercedes 74

Constructor Standing

1 Mercedes 371

2 Ferrari 211

3 Williams-Mercedes 151

4 Red Bull-Renault 63

5 Force India-Mercedes 39

6 Lotus-Mercedes 29

1Cfr. http://www.gazzetta.it/Formula-1/05-07-2015/silverstone-capolavoro-hamilton-pioggia-aiuta-vettel-terzo-120438606714.shtml?refresh_ce-cp

2http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/motorsport/formulaone/11719151/British-Grand-Prix-2015-Lewis-Hamilton-battles-to-victory-in-the-rain-after-losing-lead-at-start-of-dramatic-race.html

3Ibidem.

4Cfr. http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/33291701

5http://www.crash.net/f1/championship_tables/content.html