Hamilton piles pressure on Rosberg with Silverstone hat-trick


Lewis Hamilton became the first driver in over 50 years to win three straight British Grands Prix to cut Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg's lead in the Formula One drivers championship to four points.

Tensions between Hamilton and Rosberg rose significantly following a collision between the two on the final lap of the Austrian Grand Prix last week, which forced the latter to limp home in fourth with a damaged car while the double defending world champion took victory.

A heavy downpour shortly before the start threatened to result in a similarly dramatic race at Silverstone, however, it proved a relatively straightforward day for Hamilton as he headed a Mercedes one-two.

The inclement weather led to the first five laps taking place behind the safety car, with much of the field diving into the pits for intermediate tyres on a drying track at the end of that period.

Hamilton and Rosberg chose to stay out but benefited from a virtual safety car shortly afterwards that enabled them to change tyres and maintain track position.

Having survived the chaotic start, Hamilton's race victory was never really threatened, the Brit becoming the first man to win three in a row since Jim Clark took four in succession, the last coming in 1965.

But Rosberg was made to work significantly harder for second place.

The German appeared to have won an elongated battle with Max Verstappen, only for gearbox problems with his Mercedes to put the Red Bull man back in contention for second.

Rosberg held on, however, his result could be in jeopardy with an investigation into instructions given to him over the radio set to take place after the race.