Lewis Hamilton hails 'faultless' Mercedes after British GP victory
Lewis Hamilton has described his Mercedes team as “faultless” during the British Grand Prix, after winning the race for the fifth time in his F1 career.
The British driver started from pole position on home soil and had a good start, to lead the field on the opening lap at Silverstone.
Having negotiated the early safety car, he was able to open up a considerable gap over Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, eventually finishing 14 seconds clear.
It was his fourth consecutive triumph at the race and Hamilton admitted Mercedes did not put a foot wrong on Sunday.
“The team did an exceptional job this weekend, the car felt great and the team really were generally faultless,” he said.
“I’m so proud of everyone at the factory. Valtteri did an exceptional job to come back from all the way in ninth - a perfect weekend for us in the team.
“I was up front, got a good start, after that I was able to manage the gap between myself and Kimi, and just bit by bit extended it.
“I could see on TV screens a few places around the track Valtteri’s race so I could see a bit, then I heard at the end there were some tyre blowouts.
“I had graining and some vibration on mine so the last couple of laps I took it easy, as I knew that others were having trouble.
“When I crossed the line, I could have kept going, we really had the legs this weekend, you saw the crowd…
“The support has been immense, I'm glad the rain held off. The amount of flags, the amount of support, the energy was tremendous."