Motor Sport News - - British Grand Prix - Pho­tos: LAT

Against a back­drop of the an­nounce­ment that from 2010 the Bri­tish Grand Prix would be mov­ing to Don­ing­ton Park, Lewis Hamil­ton lifted ev­ery­one’s spir­its in the rain with an im­pe­ri­ous drive in his MclarenMercedes MP4-23 to win his first Bri­tish Grand Prix by nearly 70s from run­nerup Nick Hei­d­feld’s BMW Sauber F1.08.

Af­ter qual­i­fy­ing fourth with team- mate Heikki Ko­valainen on pole po­si­tion, Lewis al­most grabbed the lead from Heikki at Copse in a bold move on lap one be­fore fol­low­ing in the Finn’s spray down Hangar Straight on lap five to take the lead into Stowe. Af­ter Heikki spun, Kimi Raikko­nen’s Fer­rari F2008056 tried to hunt Lewis down and they were nose to tail at the first pit stops. A bet­ter tyre choice by Mclaren-lewis than by Fer­rari-kimi saw the lat­ter fade away, leav­ing Lewis to reel off the laps at a pace which no one else could ap­proach. “This will def­i­nitely go down as my finest win so far,” said Lewis af­ter a stun­ning drive, and the crowd loved it. Just as thrilled was Rubens Bar­richello who fin­ished third in the re­cal­ci­trant Honda RA108 af­ter a mag­i­cal drive from 16th on the grid.

Hamil­ton thrilled the home fans JULY 6 2016

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