Lewis Hamilton won his second British Grand Prix on Sunday.
Hamilton surged into the lead when Rosberg dropped out of the race with gearbox problems on the 29th lap, however truth be told, it was Hamilton who had been the faster of the two men after starting in sixth position.
He had closed the gap on Rosberg to just 2.8sec when the German came in for a pit stop after 19 laps. That excellent stop was just 2.7sec but when Hamilton pitted just before the halfway mark there was a problem with his right rear wheel and it took 4.1sec.
Once again, Hamilton started to hunt his man down and the race was heading for a thrilling finale when Rosberg’s car came to a halt. After that Hamilton could afford to make yet another conservative stop before coming home to win by 30 seconds ahead of Valtteri Bottas.
Despite his win, Hamilton admitted he was “gutted” not to have faced fellow Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg, who was forced to drop out due to a gearbox problem.
“I was gutted not to have a wheel-to-wheel race,” Hamilton told Sky Sports F1.
“I went to the prime tyre and he was on the options and yet I was catching him at the time. I knew then that at the end of the race on the option tyre I was going to be in a position to fight to him and I was so excited for that.
“I don’t want anything bad for my team-mate. I want him to be at his best and me to be at my best so we can really see the difference.”
Speaking in the post-race press conference, Hamilton’s confident belief that he was the faster driver on the day was abundantly clear.
“I really felt I had the pace on Nico, that I was hunting him down like never before. I have the pace, I just have to put the laps together, and when I do I think that the opportunities will come,” he said.