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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, July 7, 2014
SILVERSTONE---Lewis Hamilton won a
crash-hit British Grand Prix yesterday
to cut Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg s
lead in the drivers championship from
29 points to just four after the German
had his first non-finish of the season.
Hamilton, the 2008 champion, started
sixth on the grid. The British driver leapt
to fourth on the opening lap before it was
red-flagged, and suspended for an hour,
following a crash involving 2007 champion
Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari and Felipe Massa
Hamilton then took the lead after 29
laps as Rosberg retired with gearbox fail-
Hamilton came home 30 seconds clear
of Finn Valtteri Bottas of Williams, who
Australian Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull
finished third ahead of Jenson Button, the
2009 champion, of McLaren and defend-
ing four-time champion Sebastian Vettel
in the second Red Bull.
Two-time champion Fernando Alonso
of Ferrari was sixth.
It was Hamilton s fifth win this year,
his second in his home event and the 27th
of his career, drawing him level with fel-
low-Briton and three-time champion
Jackie Stewart in the record books.
"England! What a great feeling guys, I
couldn t be happier, I m sorry about yes-
terday, but a fantastic job today, as ever!"
a delighted Hamilton told his team by
Hamilton made a mistake in qualifying
on Saturday after wrongly deciding the
track was too damp, or wet, for him to
improve his best lap time.
From the winners podium, Hamilton
added: "This shows you never give up!
Right now, it s very mixed emotions at
the moment, but we have the greatest
fans here. It was you guys who spurred
me on. At the beginning, I allowed him
(Rosberg) to get a good gap and look after
"But we came out on the harder tire
and could not believe I had that kind of
pace. I don t want to see a team-mate
fail, I want a one-two, but I really needed
Raikkonen was involved in a spectacular
high-speed opening lap accident that halt-
ed the race for an hour to allow repairs
to the barriers.
The Ferrari driver lost control, spun,
hit the barriers and collided with the
Williams of Brazilian Massa, who was
starting his 200th Grand Prix.
Both escaped serious injury but Raikko-
nen, whose car was massively damaged,
limped away and required later X-rays on
his right ankle.
Massa was forced out with a damaged
car, but like Rosberg, stayed to cheer the
teams at the end of the race.
Danish rookie Kevin Magnussen finished
seventh for McLaren ahead of German
Nico Hulkenberg of Force India, Russian
rookie Daniil Kvyat of Toro Rosso and
tenth-placed Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne
in the second Toro Rosso.
SHEFFIELD---Italy s Vincenzo Nibali outfoxed other
Tour de France title contenders to win a hilly second
stage through Yorkshire countryside yesterday, wrest-
ing the overall race leader s yellow jersey.
The Astana team leader pointed a finger skyward
as he burst out of a breakaway bunch at the end of
the 201-kilometre (125-mile) ride over nine rolling
ascents and through the heath of northern England.
Belgium s Greg van Avermaet was second and Michal
Kwiatkowski of Poland was third, each two seconds
Over the last six kilometres, several of the pre-race
favourites to win the three-week race played a cat-
and-mouse game, quickly exchanging leadership of
the breakaway bunch. But Nibali, a 29-year-old rider
who has won both the Italian Giro and Spanish Vuelta,
timed his attack perfectly---bursting ahead with less
than two kilometres to go and holding off surging
"It was a fabulous day for me, I led a good action,"
said Nibali, who collected his first Tour stage win and
first yellow jersey. "It was difficult. There was a lot
of headwind ... I had the luck to attack at the right
Marcel Kittel of Germany, a powerful sprinter who
often struggles on climbs, trailed nearly 20 minutes
back and lost the yellow jersey that he had captured
by winning Stage 1.
Nibali was up front with a bunch including defending
Tour champion Chris Froome of Britain and Spanish
two-time winner Alberto Contador---each of whom
burst to the front of the escaping bunch near the end.
Others in the group included 25-year-old American
riders Andrew Talansky and Tejay van Garderen.
Monday s stage should be a far less gruelling ride:
Riders cover 155 km from university town Cambridge
to London, where the pack will finish on the Mall not
far from Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. (AP)
Hamilton wins at home, Rosberg retires
Tour de France
Italy's Vincenzo Nibali points to his shirt as he crosses
the finish line ahead of the sprinting pack with start in
York and finish in Sheffield, England, yesterday.
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