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Hamilton takes home win as Rosberg retires

6 July 2014

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  • Second home victory for Hamilton slashes championship gap to four points
  • Rosberg retires with gearbox failure, Bottas climbs from 14th to second
  • Ricciardo holds off Button for P3 while big Raikkonen crash causes red flag

Lewis Hamilton enjoyed the perfect home race as he won the British Grand Prix while team-mate Nico Rosberg retired.

Rosberg had led from pole but had Hamilton closing in when the race leader hit gearbox trouble and retired just past the halfway point, leaving Hamilton a clear run to victory. Valtteri Bottas rose through the field from 14th on the grid to take his second consecutive podium in P2, while Daniel Ricciardo held on for third place from a charging Jenson Button on the final lap by less than a second.

The race was halted for an hour on the first lap after a heavy crash for Kimi Raikkonen, with the Ferrari hitting the barrier at high speed and causing damage to the Armco which had to be repaired. Raikkonen limped away from the crash - which also accounted for Felipe Massa - with a sore ankle but Ferrari said he had escaped serious injury.

The other Ferrari of Fernando Alonso had to settle for sixth place after an enthralling battle with Sebastian Vettel - who took fifth - as both drivers complained vocally about the other over team radio.

Kevin Magnussen came home seventh ahead of Nico Hulkenberg, Daniil Kvyat and Jean-Eric Vergne.

On the first start, Rosberg got away well while Vettel dropped back to fifth place behind both McLarens and Hamilton. However, the pack had only completed half a lap when the race was red flagged.

Raikkonen ran wide at Aintree at the start of the race and attempted to rejoin at racing speed but was launched slightly off the lip between grass and track and lost control, hitting the barrier on the Wellington Straight at high speed.

With the Ferrari bouncing back across the track,Massa was unsighted behind Kamui Kobayashi's Caterham and tried to pitch his Williams in to a spin to avoid contact but hit Raikkonen with his left rear wheel.

Raikkonen had to be helped from his car with apparent discomfort in his leg, but was able to limp to the medical car. However, the damage to the barrier required repairing and forced the race to be halted.

After an hour delay, the race restarted behind the safety car and Rosberg pulled away rapidly from the two McLarens as Hamilton fought his way through. Having got up to second place, Hamilton started to close in on Rosberg ahead of the first round of pit stops as his team-mate complained of issues on downshift.

While Hamilton ran longer on the first stint, he rejoined on the hard compound tyre over five seconds behind Rosberg. However, the lead Mercedes was in trouble and on lap 29 Hamilton breezed past as Rosberg retired at Becketts.

Hamilton was unchallenged but behind him there was plenty of close racing still going on. Bottas had progressed up to second place before his first stop and rejoined in third just behind Vettel, passing the Red Bull on the Hangar Straight and easing home half a minute behind Hamilton.

With Vettel pitting for a second time, Ricciardo was promoted to third and Button fourth as both drivers attempted to make one-stop strategies work with long final stints on different compounds. However, the main action was behind them as Vettel emerged ahead of Alonso before the Ferrari got by around the outside of Copse on lap 34.

Although Alonso was ahead, the Red Bull was clearly the quicker car and Vettel hustled the Ferrari through the corners as Magnussen kept a watching brief. On numerous occasions Vettel tried a move around the outside of Brooklands but Alonso defended excellently, with the reigning champion complaining he was being over-aggressive.

Alonso was also on the radio to try and get Vettel penalised for running wide at the final corner, but eventually he lost out after the Red Bull got its nose alongside out of Woodcote and the pair ran inches apart towards Copse before Alonso had to yield.

The fight had allowed Button to pull away in fourth on the hard tyre and try to close in on Ricciardo, who was doing an impressive job of keeping life in his mediums. The final four laps saw Button lapping over a second quicker in search of his first ever British GP podium, but Ricciardo had enough life in his tyres to hold on at the line.

In the second McLaren, Magnussen was unable to make an impression on Alonso in the closing laps but finished comfortably ahead of Hulkenberg - who continued his run of scoring in every race - and the two Toro Rossos. Vergne finished tenth despite a clash with Sergio Perez at the start, while Esteban Gutierrez and Pastor Maldonado came together at Vale as the Sauber launched the Lotus in to the air, with both eventually retiring.

The result sees Hamilton slash Rosberg's championship lead to just four points, while Bottas rises to fifth in the standings behind Ricciardo and Alonso.


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