Ricciardo Scores Another F1 Podium at British GP

Lewis Hamilton wins Silverstone's 50th F1 race ahead of Valtteri Bottas and Daniel Ricciardo.
Hamilton leads the British Grand Prix
Hamilton won a thrilling British Grand Prix © DPPI
By Tom Bellingham

The first Formula One race was held at Silverstone back in 1950, and this year the Northamptonshire circuit celebrated its 50th time hosting the British Grand Prix. The anniversary delivered a spectacular weekend with a crazy wet qualifying session and an equally thrilling race in the summer sun.

Infiniti Red Bull Racing, the three-time winners of the British Grand Prix, were back at the sharp end of the grid as Daniel Ricciardo drove a brilliant tactical race to take another podium finish.

Just like at the Canadian Grand Prix, Mercedes technical gremlins got the better of them and Nico Rosberg retired from the lead, gifting victory to his teammate Lewis Hamilton, to the delight of the British crowd.

Arguably the star of the race was Valtteri Bottas, who took another podium finish with an incredible recovery drive. The Williams driver made his way from 17th to third in under 20 laps, and inherited second after Rosberg's retirement to score his second-straight podium finish.

Sebastian Vettel meanwhile put his RB10 on the front row in a wet/dry qualifying and finished fifth after an exciting scrap with fellow world champion Fernando Alonso.

Start of the 2014 British Grand Prix
All four Red Bull cars finished in the points © Dan Istitene/Getty Images

Four Bulls in the Points

After a difficult home race in Austria, Infiniti Red Bull Racing were back on the podium thanks to a strategic tire gamble that elevated Ricciardo into third place.

Vettel also put in some stellar overtakes to finish fifth, and it was a return to the points for both Toro Rosso drivers, with Daniil Kvyat in ninth ahead of Jean-Eric Vergne in tenth.

Felipe Massa at the British Grand Prix
Austrian pole sitter Massa was out in Q1 © DPPI

Rain Mixes Up Qualifying

The British weather may have left the crowd a bit damp on Saturday but it did give them one of the most exciting qualifying sessions in recent years. Q1 saw both Williams and both Ferraris out, while Marussia were the surprise of the session, making the cut with Jules Bianchi ending up in an impressive 12th.

At the front it was all about being on the right tires at the right time, and it was Sebastian Vettel who did just that to join Nico Rosberg on the front row.

Kimi Räikkönen crash at the 2014 British Grand Prix
Räikkönen's crash caused an hour stoppage © DPPI

Kimi Crash Brings Out Red Flag

Making up for a disappointing qualifying session, an out-of-position Kimi Räikkönen was involved in a huge lap-one shunt. The Ferrari speared across the Wellington Straight and collected Williams driver Felipe Massa, bringing out the red flag. Huge damage to the crash barrier meant the session was delayed for almost an hour.

Lewis Hamilton wins the British Grand Prix
Hamilton is the home hero © DPPI

British Crowd Rewarded with Home Win

It's been a bad summer of sport for British fans, with disappointment at Wimbledon, the World Cup and the Tour de France, but Lewis Hamilton finally gave them something to smile about.

The Mercedes driver won from sixth on the grid in front of a capacity crowd to take his second win on home soil. The first came with McLaren in 2008.

Emerson Fittipaldi at the 1975 British Grand Prix
Fittipaldi won at Silverstone from 7th in 1975 © DPPI

Fast Facts

1. Jules Bianchi's 12th position in qualifying was his and Marussia's best-ever qualifying result.
2. The last time a Formula One race was red flagged on the opening lap was the 2000 Monaco Grand Prix.
3. Felipe Massa joined the 200 club after taking part in his 200th race.
4. Lewis Hamilton became the first driver to win the British Grand Prix from outside the top five since Emerson Fittipaldi in 1975.

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