Vital F1 | Vital talking point: Hamilton's pit, was it luck?
Vital Login
Social Login

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's F1, It's Vital'

Vital talking point: Hamilton's pit, was it luck?

From the start Mercedes were up against it, all of the talk pre-race was about both drivers having different clutches, who had made the best decision? Well it proved to be neither of them as both pole sitter Lewis Hamilton and second placed Nico Rosberg were passed by the Williams duo of Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas.

Through the opening sequence of curves Hamilton battled back to get past Bottas, but he couldn't chase down Massa before the safety car was deployed on the opening lap.

When the safety car pulled in Hamilton tried to take the early advantage but he ran wide as he went for the lead and lost second place back to Bottas.

This left the Williams drivers racing at the front of the pack, team radio asked them not to race, but Bottas challenged for the lead on multiple occasions.

It was clear that with both Massa's and Bottas' straight line speed Hamilton's best hope was to pit early and get some clear running, he made his pit-stop on lap 20 and the following lap both Massa and Rosberg pitted.

They came out of the pit-lane side-by-side and as they squabbled, Hamilton raced clear of them both.

When Massa pitted he got out ahead of Bottas and Rosberg, but Hamilton regained the lead.

As the race looked like it would settle down from this point with Rosberg having no answer for the Williams, the Great British weather played it's hand and the rain began to fall on the Silverstone track.

The first shower saw some of the track get wetter than other parts and most of the cars stayed out on their slick tyres, those who took the gamble to pit for intermediate wet tyres soon fell behind as it just wasn't wet enough for those tyres to maintain any performance.

The conditions were perfect for Rosberg, who on lap 38, began to pressurise Bottas for third place. He quickly got past the Finnish racer and within two laps he also got passed Massa.

He then began to hunt down Hamilton and a lead that was once 10.6 seconds quickly fell and Hamilton dived into the pit-lane and switched for intermediates.

It appeared too early, Kimi Raikkonen for Ferrari who had previously changed to intermediates had already ruined his tyres on the mostly dry track. But Hamilton appeared to have little choice as he was about to be swallowed up by a racey Rosberg.

Within minutes the heavens opened and everyone dived in for intermediate wet tyres. Hamilton's pit choice, by luck or judgement had won him the Grand Prix to the delight of the British crowd.

'Thank you for coming out today and making my whole weekend, I really wanted to do it for you guys. I couldn't have done it without you. I'm so elated. You can't imagine how happy I am. I was tearing up on the last lap.' Hamilton said on the podium, clutching his precious gold trophy.

Join Vital F1

It's easy to join up and join in on, simply click the link and enjoy getting involved!

If you are already a member of Vital Football, your logins will automatically work on!

The Journalist

Writer: Red5 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday July 6 2015

Time: 10:10AM


Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Vital F1 Articles

Brawn wants F1 league table for tracks (Friday February 23 2018)

Mercedes uncertain on who will be a threat (Thursday February 22 2018)

Verstappen dreading Halo introduction (Wednesday February 21 2018)

Haas want to close the gap to Ferrari (Tuesday February 20 2018)

Williams defend inexperienced line-up (Monday February 19 2018)

Renault still looking to change the rules (Thursday February 15 2018)

London double-decker bus could sit on Halo (Wednesday February 14 2018)

Could Hamilton return to McLaren? (Tuesday February 13 2018)

Massa gave no guidance to Stroll (Tuesday February 13 2018)

Wehrlein returns to DTM (Monday February 12 2018)

Grid Girls to be replaced by Grid Kids (Monday February 12 2018)

Former champ calls for 26 car grids (Friday February 9 2018)

Alonso to compete at Le Mans (Tuesday February 6 2018)

Force India & Sauber withdraw EU complaint (Wednesday January 31 2018)

F1 set to jump on Verstappen bandwagon (Tuesday January 30 2018)

Lauda takes dig at Red Bull (Friday January 26 2018)

Cosworth keen on F1 return (Thursday January 25 2018)

Former champs back Hamilton (Wednesday January 24 2018)

All you need to know for F1 in 2018 (Tuesday January 23 2018)

Full Formula One line-up for 2018 set (Monday January 22 2018)

Could Red Bull be favourites for 2018? (Wednesday January 17 2018)

Force India sign F2 race winner (Friday January 12 2018)

Massa backing Williams in 2018 (Thursday January 11 2018)

F1 regulations unreasonable says Honda (Wednesday January 10 2018)

Pirelli receive Red Bull backing (Tuesday January 9 2018)

Aston Martin in demand (Monday January 8 2018)

Haas positive 2018 car will be better (Thursday January 4 2018)

Wehrlein set to bid goodbye to F1 (Wednesday January 3 2018)

Hamilton critical of French GP return (Tuesday January 2 2018)

Liberty get backing from Horner (Saturday December 30 2017)

F1 attendance figures on the rise (Wednesday December 27 2017)

Tost concentraing in Honda positives (Wednesday December 27 2017)

Merry Christmas from VitalF1 (Monday December 25 2017)

Todt to enjoy 12 years as FIA president (Sunday December 24 2017)

What's in a number? (Wednesday December 20 2017)

Grid penalty change for 2018 (Tuesday December 19 2017)

Hamilton and Vettel clash (Monday December 18 2017)

Ocon eyes Mercedes seat for 2019 (Friday December 15 2017)

Alonso targets race wins in 2018 (Thursday December 14 2017)

Hamilton and Alonso praise Pirelli (Monday December 11 2017)

All female racing series to support F1? (Wednesday December 6 2017)

Alfa Romeo name returns to F1 (Monday December 4 2017)

Hamilton poor form down to partying (Thursday November 30 2017)

More change in F1, but this one is positive (Wednesday November 29 2017)

Liberty Media alienating F1 fans? (Tuesday November 28 2017)

Blog: Abu Dhabi GP Report (Monday November 27 2017)

2017 Abu Dhabi GP - Race (Sunday November 26 2017)

Blog: Abu Dhabi Qualifying (Saturday November 25 2017)

2017 Abu Dhabi GP - Qualifying (Saturday November 25 2017)

2017 Abu Dhabi GP - FP3 (Saturday November 25 2017)

2017 Abu Dhabi GP - FP2 (Friday November 24 2017)

2017 Abu Dhabi GP - FP1 (Friday November 24 2017)

Expanded calendar for Formula 2 and GP3 (Friday November 24 2017)

Formula One going soft (Thursday November 23 2017)

Blog: Abu Dhabi Preview (Thursday November 23 2017)

Force India name change hits the buffers (Wednesday November 22 2017)

Who will win in Abu Dhabi? (Monday November 20 2017)

Blog: Brazilian GP Report (Tuesday November 14 2017)

2017 Brazil GP - Race (Monday November 13 2017)

Blog: Interlagos Qualifying (Sunday November 12 2017)

2017 Brazil GP - Qualifying (Saturday November 11 2017)

2017 Brazil GP - FP3 (Saturday November 11 2017)

2017 Brazil GP - FP2 (Friday November 10 2017)

2017 Brazil GP - FP1 (Friday November 10 2017)

Blog: Interlagos Preview (Thursday November 9 2017)

Massa announces second retirement (Wednesday November 8 2017)

Hamilton only has eyes for Formula One (Tuesday November 7 2017)

Who will win in Brazil? (Monday November 6 2017)

Archived Vital F1 Articles

List All Vital F1 Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. DJ 1213
2. Red5 1129
3. The Fear 773
4. Villaininthemerde 612
5. johnkelv 601
6. Druss_the_Legend 596
7. Push The Button 513
8. col8 334
9. The Intimidator 221
10. VanGisbergen2013 182

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Who is going to win in Australia?
Hamilton 0%
Bottas 0%
Vettel 0%
Raikkonen 0%
Verstappen 0%
Ricciardo 0%
Someone else 0%