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Hungry Hamilton charges from the pit lane to the podium

Jul 27, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

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After qualifying yesterday, Lewis Hamilton was staring down the barrel of a sizeable deficit to Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg at the top of the drivers’ championship. A fuel leak had caused a fire on his car during qualifying, meaning that he had to start the race from the pit lane.

However, through the rain, two safety car periods and a spin on the first lap of the race, the Briton stormed through to finish on the podium and – crucially – ahead of Rosberg, who came home in fourth.

Mercedes opted to split its drivers’ strategies, with Rosberg pitting one extra time but using the quicker tire for both stints. Despite making two requests for Hamilton to allow the German driver past, the Briton did not yield. Ultimately, it played a huge part in securing him a podium finish, as he cut the gap to Rosberg at the top of the drivers’ standings to eleven points.

“A big thank you to the team, great job in the pit stops and with the strategy,” Hamilton said. “I just tried my best, the car’s been fantastic when it’s going. Obviously a lot points lost, because we could have had a much better weekend, but we’ve got a lot of strengths to look forward to anyway.”

Hamilton spun off on the first lap of the race with cold brakes after starting in the pit lane, but he was pleased to reduce the gap to Rosberg.

“To be honest, at the beginning, obviously a mistake myself with the brakes were very, very cold, and locked up, and I was gone,” he explained. “Fortunately I got going again, thank the Lord I didn’t damage the car, and damage limitation again.”

However, he does not think that it is one of his best ever drives in Formula 1, even if the F1 paddock suggests otherwise.

The sport now takes a four week break before the Belgian Grand Prix at the end of August, with the teams set to enjoy two weeks off during this period.

  1. worknman24hours - Jul 27, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    An amazing effort for Lewis and the Mercedes team.

    And justification at the end,of why Lewis need not give anything up to Nico .

    Congrats on a great day.

    • convincedofthehex - Jul 27, 2014 at 11:28 AM

      If Mercedes should by some strange reason lose the title to Red Bull by just a few points, you will be able to point to Lewis not obeying team instructions. If Nico had been allowed by earlier prior to the last pit stop, he might have finished 2nd or even 1st. That could make the difference in the Constructor’s Championship.

      • thriftypix - Jul 27, 2014 at 11:56 AM

        Team orders need to be reasonable, otherwise they hold no authority. Rosberg was only within DRS once that I saw during that stretch when he got bent out of shape with Lewis not letting him through. LH was fighting for a podium, so the idea that he should simply move over at that point was ridiculous. In the end, I think NR was annoyed that LH pushed him so far wide when defending his position during lap 69. I understand why he might have been, but that corner was Lewis’ to defend. And he defended aggressively and well.

      • jezza819 - Jul 28, 2014 at 5:41 PM

        This is not two drivers that were separated by a huge number of points, this was number one and two in the championship and you’re telling the one slightly behind to let the one leading him ahead to increase that margin? Not likely happening.

        And besides the fact Nico never got close enough to let him by anyway.

      • lewymp4 - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:45 PM

        Red Bull is now 174 points behind Mercedes in the constuctors championship, you can’t truly rationally believe that defecit will be made up in the last 8 races……In the Twilight zone maybe.

  2. bikingscr016 - Jul 27, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    Hex, you’re absolutely delusional. If they do lose, they could point to all of the DNF’s Lewis has had or Nico’s DNF. Why concede to Nico when he wasn’t even close? Next time, please watch the race with your eyes open.

  3. thecmg - Jul 27, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    LH proved again he is the far superior driver to Nico. He would have had to slow down in order to let Nico pass and everyone knows that wasn’t gonna happen. Niki Lauda reported after the race that team Mercedes panicked and LH was absolutely right in his call. This team crap is a farce – F1 is an individual sport.

  4. chad4208 - Jul 27, 2014 at 6:04 PM

    Wow….from the thumbs up and down here I’m left shaking my head…because if he did slow down to let Nico pass(which he would have to had slowed down a lot bc roseburg was far behind) then you all would be pissed that team orders were executed etc etc. You are going either way because I read this stuff enough to know that you do.

  5. chad4208 - Jul 27, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    mad either way i mean

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