SILVERSTONE, England (AP) — Lewis Hamilton won a crash-hit British Grand Prix on Sunday to cut Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg's lead in the drivers' championship from 29 points to just four after the German had his first non-finish of the season.
Hamilton, the 2008 champion, started sixth on the grid. The British driver leapt to fourth on the opening lap before it was red-flagged, and suspended for an hour, following a crash involving 2007 champion Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari and Felipe Massa of Williams.
Hamilton then took the lead after 29 laps as Rosberg retired with gearbox failure.
Hamilton came home 30 seconds clear of Finn Valtteri Bottas of Williams, who started 14th.
Australian Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull finished third ahead of Jenson Button, the 2009 champion, of McLaren and defending four-time champion Sebastian Vettel in the second Red Bull. Two-time champion Fernando Alonso of Ferrari was sixth.
It was Hamilton's fifth win this year, his second in his home event and the 27th of his career, drawing him level with fellow-Briton and three-time champion Jackie Stewart in the record books.
"England! What a great feeling guys, I couldn't be happier, I'm sorry about yesterday, but a fantastic job today, as ever!" a delighted Hamilton told his team by radio.
Hamilton made a mistake in qualifying on Saturday after wrongly deciding the track was too damp, or wet, for him to improve his best lap time.
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