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2015 Formula 1 British Grand Prix

Vettel fights his way to the podium

Lewis Hamilton won the 2015 Formula 1 British Grand Prix after an inspired drive in changeable conditions at Silverstone.

The world champion saw off the threat of early leaders Williams, and then made an inspired pit call when rain hit late in the race to ensure victory over Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg and the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel.

The race started under summer skies, but eventually delivered a typical English day, with rain arriving unexpectedly for the final third of the race. When the rain came, Raikkonen had been lying fifth and switched to Intermediate tyres on lap 38, while Vettel came in four laps later. It was enough to make the difference when it came to tyre management, given that the rain intensified just as Sebastian made his stop. Thanks to a great strategy, Vettel managed to jump the two Williams cars ahead of him to go from sixth to third place, returning him to the podium after a two race absence. Raikkonen was forced to make a further stop because his tyres were degrading and he ended up eighth.

Silverstone Circuit

First Grand Prix - 1950
Number of Laps - 52
Circuit Length - 5.891KM
Race Distance - 306.198KM
Lap Record - 1:33.401 by Mark Webber (2013)

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