Lewis Hamilton Battled in Britain

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After a double dnf in Austria last week through no fault of the drivers, Lewis hamilton headed to his home Grand prix at Silverstone. Read on to find out what happened next.

Lewis Hamilton Battle in Britain

Last weekend in Austria was one to forget for Mercedes, with both of their drivers suffering a dnf for different reasons. Bottas had narrowly pipped Lewis Hamilton in qualifying, but on the day, Lewis was fast off the line and led the race. Bottas was hit by Vettel in the opening lap , and this ruined his race when he had to pit with a puncture. However having a dnf for both was a big blow, and a loss of a great many points.

So this week, heading to the British Grand Prix was a chance for Lewis to do well in a place that he has dominated for many years with pole position and wins. The turn out of fans was higher than ever, and so were the temperatures. Silverstone in the past has often had wet races, and cold windy condition, but this year, as with the rest of the Uk, it was very hot conditions, and set fair with no rain expected, for the whole weekend.

Lewis took time to meet many of his fans, he seemed relaxed and happy, and indeed led the way in the first two practice sessions. Vettel pipped him in the third, so there was all to play for in qualifying.

Qualifying

Qualifying was very close, and at the beginning of Q3 Vettel posted the fastest time which gave him provisional pole. But Lewis pushed himself to even greater speed, with his last run, he managed to pip Vettel by 0.044 secs, a tiny margin, but enough to take pole position.

Afterward he was overcome with emotion as he thanked the fans , and said it had been them that made him go so fast, their support meant everything to him. Later that very hot evening, he showed his appreciation of the track marshalls, whom he knew had been doing their job in very hot conditions, so he went over to the camp sites with beer and supplies for them. This kind gesture earned him a lot of respect, as no other formula one driver has gone to such lengths.

It was clear by the closeness in qualifying, that it was going to be a tough race, but Lewis vowed to try and bring it home to the fans, saying he was spurred on and motivated by the success of our football team, who had reached the semi finals. One thing that might be tough for him was having the two Ferrari drivers, Vettel and Raikenon right near to him, as Bottas had qualified in 4th, but would obviously try to get further up.

The Race

At the start, Lewis made a bad start with wheelspin, which allowed Vettel to drive off, and Raikenon, even though Lewis gave him loads of space, went straight into the back of him, spinning him round on the track, which dropped him down to last position on the track.

This was later deemed to be a racing incident , with Raikenon at fault, and he was handed a 10 second penalty, and two points on his licence. In the heat of the moment, Toto Woolf did question whether it was deliberate or just incompetence, and Lewis himself at the Drivers Press Conference referred to it as "interesting tactics" but he later accepted Kimi's apology and has now moved on.

I do feel with incidents two weeks running with Ferrari and Mercedes drivers, it shows huge incompetence from Ferrari not being able to start without bringing another driver off, and I hope the championship will not be decided because of racing incidents that clearly give the other team an advantage. It also shows what a great driver Lewis is, as he has virtually no history of ruining another driver's race, and particularly not in recent years. I know this is all part of motor racing, but it doesn't look good for a team like Ferrari for their two top drivers to have these flaws.

So Lewis fought his way back from the back of the grid, spurred on by his fans , who cheered him all the way, it was breathtaking to watch him come up the grid, and finally reach second place. Vettel won,and Raikenon made up the last place on the podium. I felt sorry for Bottas, as he had been leading, but on old tyres, and he was no match for the other 3, with newer tyres, who passed him. In spite of the very hot conditions, Lewis managed his tyres very well, and without that shunt in the first lap, I am sure would have won, but respect to Vettel, he did win. But maybe the tables will turn in Germany, I certainly hope so, as Lewis is now 8 points behind in the championship.

When Lewis got out of the car, he was totally spent, exhausted mentally and physically, and totally unable to be interviewed until he had a chance to cool down and take some water. He later explained this, and on the podium interviews he once again thanked the fans for their unwavering support. Maybe someone might realise that these drivers need time after a race like that to collect themselves before an interview, and maybe the people who accused him of being a bad loser should eat their words, as he wasn't a loser, to come back to 2nd place from the back is a herculean achievement, far more impressive than just driving from the front.
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