British Grand PrixPosted on: 08 July 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves
Lewis Hamilton described his victory at the British Grand Prix as his greatest ever after a superb race at Silverstone.
Lewis Hamilton produced a stunning performance to answer his critics and get his title campaign back on track with a win at Sunday’s British Grand Prix.
The McLaren driver mastered treacherous wet conditions, and his team made the right tactical calls, as all his title rivals had a day to forget in Northamptonshire.
Hamilton’s win means he is now tied on points at the top of the championship leaderboard with Ferrari drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa, who finishing fourth and 13th respectively.
Nick Heidfeld came in behind Hamilton for BMW ahead of Rubens Barrichello’s Honda.
Hamilton’s victory was possibly the best race of his short career, and was much needed after he failed to score points in the previous two races.
The Englishman had been under pressure heading to his home Grand Prix, and looked to be feeling it when he made mistakes on his qualifying laps to end up only fourth on the grid.
But the rain gave him a chance to showcase his young talent, and he grabbed it with both hands, making him the first Englishman to win the British Grand Prix since Jonny Herbert in 1995.
After the race, the McLaren driver admitted he had struggled to deal with the pressure leading up to the race.
The 23-year-old says “It was one of the toughest races I’ve ever done.”
“This would definitely go down as my best win – not only because it was history and my home ground, but because I drove one of my best ever races.”
Hamilton thanked his family for helping him keep his feet firmly on the ground and preparing him for Silverstone.
“I want to dedicate this to my family because as you can see I’ve had some troubles over the last couple of weeks and it’s been really tough. But as always your family are there when you need them.” He says.
Hamilton was 0.8 seconds slower than team-mate Heikki Kovalainen in qualifying, but he drove superbly in a race in which the conditions were changing throughout.
By contrast, all his title rivals were caught out – Ferrari drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa and BMW Sauber’s Robert Kubica all spun, and only Raikkonen scored points for his fourth placed finish.
But the youngster refused to make any predictions about the title race – which he technically leads on results countback.
“It’s difficult to say. It’s a work in progress, we’re doing a good job, and I’ve just got to keep building on it. We’re in a good place now, but there’s a lot of competition.”
“The last couple of weeks I’ve been flat out with working very hard, just a lot of travelling, many different things and different emotions building.”
“I’ve had a couple of bad races, and coming here I was thinking it would have been nice to get some points and maybe a win. I thought a one-two would be possible.”
“My mind’s always been right – I just had a lot on my plate, really. It’s nothing too serious, just life in general.”
Hamilton will now be hoping to build on his win with a solid performance at the German Grand Prix in Hockenheim on 20th July.
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