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Published: 14:28 | 10/7/16

Hamilton cruises to British GP win

World champ cuts deficit to Rosberg

Lewis Hamilton has cut the gap to Drivers' Championship leader Nico Rosberg to just four points after coasting to his third consecutive British Grand Prix victory at Silverstone

The home favourite led the race from start to finish, any chance of Rosberg stealing a march on his team-mate denied by the race starting under the safety car after a heavy shower.

Hamilton demonstrated once again his mastery of wet conditions and as the track dried out, he always looked likely to hold off any challenges which were presented.

Rosberg did his best to put the world champion under pressure but Hamilton held firm and the German had to be content with the second place he battled to secure over the impressive Max Verstappen.

Rosberg almost lost his second place late on when suffering a gearbox problem and he could yet be denied that position and the points that come with it after being placed under investigation regarding the help his team gave him over the radio, which may have transgressed limitations on the amount of help drivers can be given by teams.

The remaining five lap Rosberg was unable to use seventh gear - switching from sixth to eighth - a recommendation which came from his team.

Despite Hamilton's dominance of the race, it was still a memorable affair for the 135,000 fans with lots of wheel-to-wheel racing and a number of spins partly down to the slippery conditions.

The heavy downpour came just 15 minutes before the start of the race and although the sun immediately came out, it was five laps before race director Charlie Whiting let the drivers go full leather.

A flurry of pit stops followed with drivers moving from extreme wets to intermediaries, with Hamilton, Rosberg and Verstappen holding onto the first three places, before the latter produced a stunning move to snatch second spot on lap 16.

However, after hunting down the Red Bull driver for almost half the race, it wasn't until the 38th lap before Rosberg finally flew past Verstappen to make it another Mercedes one-two.

Daniel Ricciardo made it a three-four for Red Bull while the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen had an up-and-down afternoon before finally holding off Force India's Sergio Perez to claim fifth place.

Perez's team-mate came home in seventh, with Carlos Sainz's Tor Rosso in eighth.

Sebastian Vettel was hit with a five-second penalty for forcing Williams' Felipe Massa off the track while attempting to pass him, meaning the German had to settle for ninth while the other Toro Rosso of Daniil Kvyat completed the top 10.

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