Lewis Hamilton’s fourth British Grand Prix victory means he needs just one more to equal the most successful drivers ever at his home race.
Jim Clark and Alain Prost won the British Grand Prix five times, and Prost holds the record for most victories at Silverstone with his five wins at the current home of the race. Clark won three times at Silverstone plus once each at Brands Hatch and Aintree.
One other driver has taken five wins in Britain: Nigel Mansell, who won the British Grand Prix four times after his debut success in the 1985 European Grand Prix at Brands Hatch.
Hamilton is only the second driver to win the British Grand Prix for three years running – the other being Clark, who won four in a row from 1962 to 1965. It was the fourth consecutive British Grand Prix win for Mercedes, equalling the record held by Ferrari (1951-54), Lotus (1962-65) and Williams (1991-94).
This was the 24th home victory in the 67 world championship British Grands Prix so far.
Hamilton’s career tallies now advance to 47 wins (four shy of Prost who’s second on the all-time list) and 55 pole positions (ten behind Ayrton Senna who’s second on the all-time list). However his team mate prevented him from taking a hat-trick: Nico Rosberg took the 19th of his career, putting him level with Stirling Moss, Ayrton Senna, Damon Hill and Mark Webber.
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The top five drivers on the grid took the chequered flag in the same order they qualified, but Rosberg’s penalty which dropped him to third spoiled that symmetry.
The track record for the reconfigured Silverstone circuit was broken on Saturday by the previous holder of the record. Hamilton’s 1’29.243 in Q2 bested his 1’29.607 from Q3 three years ago by 0.364s.
Daniel Ricciardo became the last driver this year to be out-qualified by his team mate. He had beaten Daniil Kvyat 4-0 and is now 5-1 up against Max Verstappen.
Verstappen took his third podium finish and second in a row. In the six races since he joined Red Bull he has scored 77 points, more than Raikkonen (63), Ricciardo (64), Vettel (65) and even Rosberg (68). Only Hamilton has scored more points in the last six races, taking 110.
Williams failed to score for the first time since the United States Grand Prix last year. However on that occasion both cars retired – yesterday both finished outside the top ten.
Review the year so far in statistics here:
- 2016 F1 championship points
- 2016 F1 season records
- 2016 F1 race data
- 2016 F1 qualifying data
- 2016 F1 retirements and penalties
- 2016 F1 strategy and pit stops
Have you spotted any other interesting stats and facts from the British Grand Prix? Share them in the comments.