Formula 1: Lewis Hamilton wins Silverstone in rain battle

It seems like the stereotype of constant gloomy weather in the UK held true this weekend during the Formula 1 British Grand Prix in Silverstone.  Just as the cars lined up on the grid the skies opened up and drenched the asphalt.

With Heikki Kovalainen on the pole Mark Webber in 2nd spot and Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton in the second row combined with a wet track, there were endless possibilties of what could happen at the start.  With rain still falling the lights went out and Lewis made a brilliant start moving past Webber, Räikkönen, and almost taking the lead from his teammate all in one move.

As Hekki litterally squeezed by Lewis, young Hamilton bided his time on the stil soaking track and waited for the right moment to make his move.  From that point Lewis and the McLaren Mercedes team kept a vice grip on the lead eventually earning Lewis a win on his home course (a feat that elluded him during his rookie season) and bringing him back as an honest threat in the points race.

With McLaren’s success followed major problems for the Ferrari team.  The start of a horrible day for the Ferrari team came when their race strategists gambled that the rain would waver and not return thus not changing from intermediate tires on either Ferrari during their first pit stops.  This didn’t bode well for Kimi as he fell a lap down due to lack of grip while his teammate Felipe Massa spun 5 times.  The failed tire gamble resulted in 4th and 13th place finishes respectively.

With Hamilton’s win, Raikkonen’s stumbling 4th place finish, and Massa’s non-point scoring 13th place finish there is now a three-way tie between the three drivers in points with 48 a piece.  Sauber BMW’s Robert Kubica sits just behind the top contenders with 46 points.

And we all thought things wouldn’t get more exciting than they did in 07…

If you haven’t started following F1 this season yet, NOW IS THE TIME!  Next round is two weeks from now in Germany.

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