Hamilton delights home fans, Rosberg penalized

Sun Jul 10, 2016 2:32pm EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

SILVERSTONE, England (Reuters) - An ecstatic Lewis Hamilton won his home British Grand Prix for the third year in a row on Sunday and his Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg's overall lead was slashed to a single point.

The triple Formula One world champion, who turned crowd-surfer after the podium celebrations, basked in the adulation of a 130,000-strong crowd as he took the winner's trophy at Silverstone for the fourth time in his career.

The Briton's 47th victory added to his momentum in a championship that Rosberg started off dominating with four wins in a row but has since turned in Hamilton's favor.

"I'm catching him, so let's keep going," he told reporters. "I remember the first time that I got to stand up there with it (the trophy) in 2008 and the feeling today is just as great, if not actually greater."

Rosberg finished as runner-up but, four hours after the race had ended, was handed a 10-second penalty and demoted to third place behind Red Bull's Dutch teenager Max Verstappen for a breach of radio regulations.

Mercedes, who had advised Rosberg to avoid seventh gear because his car's gearbox was failing, said they intended to appeal.

The German had suffered a gearbox problem five laps from the end and crossed the line 6.9 seconds behind Hamilton, with Verstappen a further 1.3 back.

The rules bar teams from giving drivers assistance during the race, except in certain circumstances. The stewards ruled that some of the instructions relayed to Rosberg were permitted but others were not.   Continued...

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Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium with the trophy after winning the race 
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