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Hamilton closes gap on Rosberg with win

AP

Defending champion Lewis Hamilton reeled off his fourth win in five races Sunday to storm to victory in the British Grand Prix. Hamilton now trails Nico Rosberg by one point in the standings.

The 31-year-old Englishman came home 6.9 seconds clear of Mercedes teammate Rosberg, but the German was later relegated to third place after a 10-second time penalty for a breach of radio communication rules as he tried to resolve a gearbox problem.

Dutch teenager Max Verstappen was promoted from third to second, with his Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo of Australia in fourth.

Hamilton’s victory completes a hat trick of consecutive home wins at the British GP for the Mercedes driver, and is his fourth win on home soil and 47th F1 career victory.

Kimi Raikkonen finished fifth for Ferrari ahead of Sergio Perez and his Force India teammate Nico Hulkenberg. Carlos Sainz of Toro Rosso was eighth, ahead of the struggling Sebastian Vettel who said his Ferrari was too slow. Daniil Kvyat in the second Toro Rosso was 10th.

In a reversal of the scenes last week at the Austrian Grand Prix, where a victorious Hamilton and Rosberg collided on the final lap, Rosberg was booed by fans during the podium ceremony.

“A great job and thank you so much guys for your efforts back at the factory,” said Hamilton on his victory lap. “Right now, I’m thinking about all the people.”

He then ran and cavorted in front of them before getting in among the spectators.

From the podium, Hamilton said: “We’ve got the best fans here, so thank you so much . I am not sure you can be as happy as I am.

“I did everything I could to save that engine,” he added, explaining why he had not performed any ‘donuts’ to celebrate his win. “I saved it for quite a long period of time . So now, keep your fingers crossed, I’m catching him!” he added, pointing at Rosberg, who didn’t offer a direct reply.

“It was a tricky start in the wet. Then, Max got ahead of me and it was an exciting race. l got back past him, which I was very happy about, but I couldn’t catch Lewis. He did a great job today,” Rosberg said.

Rosberg leads Hamilton overall with 168 points to Hamilton’s 167, with Raikkonen third on 106.