Formula One

 
         === Hamilton wins British GP, trims Rosberg's points lead ===
 
 Silverstone,  England  (SportsNetwork.com)  -  Lewis  Hamilton  from  Mercedes
 bounced  back in  the Formula One world championship battle with his teammate,
 Nico  Rosberg, in a big way by winning his home race -- the British Grand Prix
 -- on Sunday.
 
 Rosberg  started  on the  pole and was  leading the way  when he experienced a
 faulty  gearbox, which  forced him to retire on lap 29. That allowed Hamilton,
 who  started  this 52-lap race  from the sixth  starting position, to take the
 lead, delighting the crowd here at Silverstone Circuit. The Briton crossed the
 finish  line a whopping 30.1 seconds ahead of his closest competitor, Valtteri
 Bottas from Williams.
 
 Hamilton  entered this  race -- the ninth  round on the 2014 F1 calendar -- 29
 points  behind  Rosberg, but Hamilton's victory  here moved him to within four
 points of Rosberg.
 
 "[Rosberg]  got quite a  good gap at the beginning, and I really just tried to
 look  after the tires,"  Hamilton said. "I came out on the harder tires, and I
 was  catching him at a second a lap at the time. I couldn't believe I had that
 kind of pace.
 
 "You  never want  to see a teammate  fall behind. We wanted to really work and
 get  those  1-2 [finishes], but  at the  end of the  day, I really needed this
 result, so I'm very grateful for it."
 
 Hamilton  scored his  fifth victory of the  season and the 27th of his career,
 which  placed him  in a  tie  with his  fellow countryman  Jackie Stewart  for
 seventh  on  F1's all-time race winners  list. It was the second time Hamilton
 won  the British  GP. His first victory  in this race occurred during his 2008
 world championship season.
 
 "I  think this  weekend really just showed  that, for one, you never give up,"
 Hamilton said. "Coming here today, I had my family with me. I was just focused
 and  had  the support  from the  fans. They just  spurred me  on, and I really
 couldn't have done it without them."
 
 Rosberg's  last  retirement came in  April 2013 in  the Chinese Grand Prix (25
 races  ago). He  had finished either first  or second in the first eight grand
 prix this season.
 
 "It's  a  pity  what happened  today,  as  I  lost  a  lot of  points  in  the
 championship,"  a disappointed  Rosberg said.  "We are  always aiming  for 100
 percent  reliability,  but unfortunately that didn't  work out for me today. I
 had  a  small issue  in the  installation lap, but  the car  felt great in the
 beginning.  By  lap 20, the  gearbox started to  become a serious problem, and
 from then, it got worse."
 
 Bottas'  second-place  run marked his career-best  finish in F1 as well as his
 second  straight podium appearance. He placed third in the Austrian Grand Prix
 two weeks ago. Bottas started 14th in this race.
 
 "We  knew  that this race could  be good fun. and  we knew that we had a quick
 car," Bottas said. "Maybe it was a bit surprisingly quick today, but since the
 first  stint,  the pace  was good.  I was able  to go  through the field quite
 well."
 
 Daniel  Ricciardo from  Red Bull finished third, while McLaren's Jenson Button
 took the fourth spot. Ricciardo's teammate, Sebastian Vettel, the four-time F1
 world champion, was fifth.
 
 The  British  GP was stopped  for approximately  one hour after Ferrari's Kimi
 Raikkonen  and Felipe  Massa from Williams were involved in a collision on the
 opening  lap. Raikkonen ran  wide coming out of a corner and then came back on
 track  but the Finn  clipped a bump. He lost control and slammed hard into the
 barrier before his car spun across the track and into the path of Massa.
 
 Raikkonen,  the  2007 Formula  One world  champion, climbed  out of his badly-
 damaged  car  under his own  power but  was limping as  he walked away. He was
 complaining  of soreness  in his ankle and taken to the circuit's medical care
 center  for evaluation.  Raikkonen was  later diagnosed  with a  badly-bruised
 ankle.
 
 "The  most important  news right now is  that Kimi is alright, even though the
 impact  with the  barriers  was a  heavy one,"  Ferrari  team principal  Marco
 Mattiacci  said. "He has  some bruising and will now be resting to be in shape
 for the next race [July 20 German Grand Prix]."
 
 Massa  was  not injured during the  incident but sustained heavy damage to his
 car. The Brazilian made his 200th career F1 start.
 
 "Kimi  came  across the track, and  I never really  had a chance to miss him,"
 Massa  said.  "The damage  was too much  to continue. Luckily,  I turned as it
 could  have  been a worse accident.  I hope Kimi is  OK, but it's a weekend to
 forget for me personally. It was not the 200th grand prix I had planned."
 
 Fernando  Alonso from Ferrari finished sixth after he bounced back from a 16th
 starting position and a 5-second stop-and-go penalty for overshooting his grid
 slot at the start.
 
 07/06 14:34:10 ET

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