Lewis Hamilton won the British Grand Prix on its 50th anniversary.
It was the first time a British man had won an F1 race at Silverstone since Hamilton was victorious in 2008. Only nine Brits have won at the famous circuit before, the first being Peter Collins in 1958.
Hamilton cheered “England! What a great feeling guys. I could not be happier,” as he crossed the finish line.
The victory closed the gap between Hamilton and team mate and championship leader Nico Rosberg, who retired, from 29 points to four. Now Hamilton promises that he will go into “attack mode” to win the title.
“The pressure is high but I really feel that now we’re back,” stated Hamilton.
“We’ll draw a line under the last nine races and it’s attack mode. Start again using my pace and the car’s pace.”
Hamilton won the race despite the fact that he had to start sixth on the grid after a mistake in qualifying. But he made up for it in Sunday’s race in front of 120,000 cheering fans.
The driver spoke of his crushing disappointment following his poor qualifying run at Silverstone. “When you feel like the world is crumbling beneath you, your family and friends help pull you through – and the fans,” Hamilton explained.
“I was just so disappointed in myself. I really had to pick up, pull my socks up and get on with it.”
After the race, Rosberg commented that “It’s disappointing to lose all those points, but it is my home race coming up now and I need to start looking towards that.”
The German Grand Prix will be held in Hockenheim on July 20.