Lewis Hamilton elated after making a winning call

Sun Jul 5, 2015 2:41pm EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

SILVERSTONE, England (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton celebrated an unexpected first at the British Grand Prix on Sunday even if his victory was exactly what the army of home fans had expected.

"I think for the first time probably in my career I made the perfect choice tyre-wise," the double Formula One world champion said after leading a Mercedes one-two with team mate and title rival Nico Rosberg.

"So I’m really, really happy with that."

The Briton had started on pole position but lost out at the start when he suffered wheelspin and Brazilian Felipe Massa came charging through in his Williams, closely followed by team mate Valtteri Bottas.

"As I dropped the clutch, just wheel spinning, I’m looking in my mirrors to see what’s going, on but it just keeps on wheel spinning," said Hamilton.

"(I thought) I’m going to lose my position to at least someone and obviously the Williams came past."

The safety car was deployed on the opening lap after a collision between the Lotuses and McLarens and Hamilton tried to make a move on Massa when the racing re-started, but went too hard and wide as Bottas swept past.

Hamilton then got ahead of Massa and Rosberg by pitting first but late rain posed an additional problem with the race outcome hanging on when to switch to intermediate tyres.   Continued...

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton celebrates his win on the podium. Reuters / Paul Childs