SILVERSTONE, 6th July 2014 (F1Plus / Rosie Baillie) - Lewis Hamilton won his home race after capitalising on Nico Rosberg’s retirement.
The Briton had a strong start but the red was red flagged on the opening lap when Kimi Raikkonen crashed into the barriers on the Wellington Straight and made contact with Felipe Massa.
Raikkonen ran wide and hit a bump as he rejoined the circuit and skidded across the track. He was sent to the medical centre and deemed ‘okay’ but had a precautionary x-ray on his right foot. Ferrari confirmed that the Finn’s accident measured a huge 47G.
As he careered across the track, Massa swerved but caught the Ferrari damaging his left rear tyre. The Brazilian limped back to the grid but was unable to restart and retired from his 200th race.
The restart was delayed while stewards fixed the guardrail and the British Grand Prix got underway again just after 2PM local time.
Hamilton climbed up to second place and was there to take the lead when teammate Rosberg pulled over on lap 30 when he suffered a gearbox issue.
The Briton’s win means he has now significantly closed the gap to title leader Rosberg and is just four points behind him.
Valtteri Bottas had a strong comeback after qualifying 14th to finish second and made a few brilliant passes. The Finn's second podium finish in a row proves that he and Williams have strong pace.
Daniel Ricciardo was once again the fastest Red Bull and took the final step on the podium for the third time this year.
Jenson Button was unable to close in on Ricciardo and crossed the line fourth, just 0.8s behind the Australian.
A fantastic battle played out between Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso towards the end of the race with both drivers complaining about each other on team radio for exceeding track limits.
In the end it was Vettel who finished fifth and Alonso in sixth, though the latter was adamant that Vettel should give the position back.
Kevin Magnussen finished eighth, ahead of Nico Hulkenberg who once again picked up points. The Force India driver has picked up points at every race so far this season.
The Toro Rosso’s finished in the starting positions with Daniil Kvyat ninth and Jean-Eric Vergne 10th.
Sergio Perez crossed the line 11th ahead of Romain Grosjean and Adrian Sutil.
Jules Bianchi dropped down the order after starting 12th and finished 14th, a good five seconds ahead of Kamui Kobayashi.
Max Chilton finished last after being handed a drive through penalty for pitting under the red flag.
Pastor Maldonado retired on the penultimate lap after smoke was seen coming out the back of his car.
Marcus Ericsson retired after complaining about a left front suspension issue.
Sauber’s Esteban Gutierrez was caught up in a tangle with Maldonado and ended his British Grand Prix in the gravel. The stewards are investing the incident after the race.