British Grand Prix 2014: I needed this, says victorious Lewis Hamilton
British Grand Prix 2014: Lewis Hamilton admits his delight after taking home victory in front of the home crowd at Silverstone
A beaming Lewis Hamilton could not hide his delight after his dramatic British Grand Prix victory at Silverstone revived his Formula 1 title hopes.
Hamilton delighted the home crowd as he finished ahead of Williams’ Valtteri Bottas and Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, cutting Nico Rosberg’s championship lead to just four points after his Mercedes team-mate was forced to retire with a gearbox problem.
I don’t want to see a team-mate fail, I want a one-two, but I really needed this result
Rosberg was leading the race but the German’s gearbox began to develop a fault and failed halfway through the Grand Prix.
“I can’t believe it. It’s very mixed emotions at the moment,” said Hamilton, who started sixth. “But we have the greatest fans here. It was you guys who spurred me on.
“At the beginning I allowed him to get a good gap and look after the tyres. But we came out on the harder tyre and could not believe I had that kind of pace.
“I don’t want to see a team-mate fail, I want a one-two, but I really needed this result.”
Mercedes’ executive director Toto Wolff added: “What a day for Lewis, it was the perfect result for the crowd. I’m really sorry for Nico but today was Lewis’ day.
“We will let them race all season no matter what. They know it is important for us to win the constructors’ championship so they will not risk the cars until the very end.”
British Grand Prix 2014: Race result
1. Lewis Hamilton Britain Mercedes-Mercedes 2hr 26m 52.094s 52 laps
2. Valtteri Bottas Finland Williams-Mercedes +00m 30.1s
3. Daniel Ricciardo Australia Red Bull-Renault +00m 46.4s
4. Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes +00m 47.3s
5. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault +00m 53.8s
6. Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari-Ferrari +00m 59.9s
7. Kevin Magnussen Denmark McLaren-Mercedes +01m 02.5s
8. Nico Hulkenberg Germany Force India-Mercedes +01m 28.6s
9. Daniil Kvyat Russia Toro Rosso-Renault +01m 29.3s
10. Jean-Eric Vergne France Toro Rosso-Renault +1 lap
11. Sergio Perez Mexico Force India-Mercedes +1 lap
12. Romain Grosjean France Lotus-Renault +1 lap
13. Adrian Sutil Germany Sauber-Ferrari +1 lap
14. Jules Bianchi France Marussia-Ferrari +1 laps
15. Kamui Kobayashi Japan Caterham-Renault +2 laps
16. Max Chilton Briton Marussia-Ferrari +2 laps
17. Pastor Maldonado Venezuela Lotus-Renault +3 laps
Rtd. Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes-Mercedes 28 laps completed
Rtd. Marcus Ericsson Sweden Caterham-Renault 11 laps completed
Rtd. Esteban Gutierrez Mexico Sauber-Ferrari 9 laps completed
Rtd. Felipe Massa Brazil Williams-Mercedes 1 lap completed
Rtd. Kimi Raikkonen Finland Ferrari-Ferrari 0 laps completed