5 things we learned from British Grand Prix


Lewis Hamilton will head to the Hungarian Grand Prix only one point adrift of Nico Rosberg following his victory in Sunday's British Grand Prix.

Hamilton led every lap to finish ahead of his Mercedes team-mate - who was latterly demoted to third following a breach of the sport's strict radio rules. Here we look at five things we learned from the Silverstone race.

1. Title boost for Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton
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Hamilton was already on top of the world after his third consecutive victory at Silverstone, and the defending champion would have found even greater cause for celebration on Sunday night. Nearly four hours after the chequered flag fell, his championship rival Rosberg was penalised for breaking the sport's strict radio rules as he illegally sought advice on how to solve a gearbox issue.
Mercedes have declared it is their intention to lodge an appeal against the decision, and the sport's all-conquering team found a rather unlikely ally in the paddock on Sunday night. Despite the penalty promoting his team's driver Max Verstappen to second, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said: "I think the rule is rubbish. It doesn't make a great deal of sense."

2. Safety car start splits opinion

The race starts behind the safety car
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Race director Charlie Whiting took the rather disappointing decision to start Sunday's race behind the safety car following a heavy rain shower. In front of a bumper crowd of nearly 140,000 fans, and millions more watching on television, Hamilton and co - billed as the best drivers in the world - spent the opening laps of the race crawling around the track until a relatively dry line emerged.
While most of the drivers felt it was the right decision, a typically outspoken Hamilton shared the view of many in the paddock. He said: "I personally felt we could have started on the grid as usual. For sure there were wet patches all over the place, and it would have been tricky but that's what motor racing's all about."

3. Verstappen impresses again

Red Bull's Max Verstappen
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The testing conditions often see the cream rise to the top, and Max Verstappen was proof to that theory on Sunday. After nibbling away at Rosberg's superior Mercedes gearbox, the 18-year-old then pulled off the move of the race as he drove around the outside of the German at Chapel. As one journalist put it: "Verstappen may only be 18, but we already know he is a better driver than Rosberg."

4. Debut disappointment for Palmer

Renault's Jolyon Palmer
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British rookie Jolyon Palmer lamented a home debut to forget following an embarrassing pit stop and race-ending car failure. Palmer was left with just three wheels on his Renault after he exited the pits without his rear-right tyre. He was then told to park his car with a gearbox failure. "Today wasn't the result I wanted for my home race," said Palmer. "When I pitted for slick tyres, I had a green light to go but the rear right wasn't finished and I'd already started to leave the box. We then retired the car as there was a strange feeling with the gearbox."

5. Vettel slips back

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel
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Sebastian Vettel was supposed to be the big threat to Mercedes this year, but the four-time world champion has now slipped to fifth in the championship. The Ferrari driver started only 11th after he served a five-place grid penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change - his second in as many races - before he crossed the line in ninth after a spin. "Overall it was not our day," said Vettel. "We were not quick enough. Simple as that."