Lewis Hamilton has dedicated his emotional home victory at Silverstone to the British fans that turned out in their thousands to cheer him on today.
The British Grand Prix is one of the best-attended races on the calendar, and Hamilton was keen on repeating his incredible home victory in 2008. He managed to do exactly that – six years to the day after that win – and he felt obliged to make it up to the fans following his mistake in qualifying yesterday.
“Yesterday was a really difficult day,” he explained in the post-race press conference. “Obviously you never think situations like that will come out the way they did, and I went away feeling terrible for the fans. They all turned up with so much support here.
“I felt that I’d really let them down and the team. Going back today, trying to turn that serious emptiness and negativity into a positive today was really my priority. The support has been incredible this weekend, and just thinking about the history of this circuit, the amount of great drivers that have won in the past – even last year not being able to see it through, it’s been since 2008 since I had the win.”
Hamilton suggested that he may have had the pace to beat Rosberg even without the German’s demise, given that he was reeling him in during his second stint. However, he is looking forward to renewing battle at Hockenheim in two weeks’ time.
“I just feel very very grateful for the opportunity,” Lewis said. “Obviously feel I had the pace today. I was sitting pretty comfortable, but of course I never want a teammate to fall away and to be able to win like that.
“Just looking forward to the battle, I’m sure we’ll get many in the future.”
With victory today, Hamilton has moved to within four points of Rosberg at the top of the drivers’ championship.