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Saturday 3 December 2016

F1: Pit perfection for Lewis Hamilton as he roars away to win British Grand Prix

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton on the podium alongside teammate Nico Rosberg after winning the 2015 British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit, Towcester
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton on the podium alongside teammate Nico Rosberg after winning the 2015 British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit, Towcester

Lewis Hamilton praised his own pit-stop calls as he completed a hat-trick of home victories by winning an entertaining British Grand Prix.

The reigning world champion recovered from another poor start to seal a 38th career win and remain on course to equal his hero Ayrton Senna's haul of three championships.

Hamilton timed both of his pit-stops perfectly, firstly leap-frogging the fast-starting Williams pair of Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas - who had jumped the Mercedes duo from the start - and then putting on the intermediate tyres as the heaviest of the rain came, thus placating a push from team-mate Nico Rosberg.

Hamilton came through to win from Rosberg - extending his championship lead to 17 points - and Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel. "For the first time in my F1 career I made the perfectly right choice in terms of, I'm coming in now. So I feel extremely happy about that."

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