Home win for Hamilton

SILVERSTONE - McLaren's Lewis Hamilton blew away his rivals to win a wet and chaotic British Grand Prix yesterday and storm back to the top of the Formula One standings.

SILVERSTONE - McLaren's Lewis Hamilton blew away his rivals to win a wet and chaotic British Grand Prix yesterday and storm back to the top of the Formula One standings.

Hamilton, the first British winner at Silverstone since David Coulthard in 2000, was utterly dominant as he lapped all but second-placed Nick Heidfeld in a BMW Sauber and the Honda of Brazilian Rubens Barrichello.

The 23-year-old's third win of the season put him level on 48 points with Ferrari's Brazilian Felipe Massa, who was 13th and last after spinning five times on the sodden track, and world champion Kimi Raikkonen.

To the delight of the home fans, Hamilton took the chequered flag a staggering 68,5 seconds ahead of Heidfeld.

Adding to the sense of astonishment, the evergreen Barrichello made the podium for the first time since 2005 to almost double Honda's points tally.

In the most intense title battle in years, BMW Sauber's Polish title contender Robert Kubica failed to finish but was still only two points behind the top trio at the halfway stage of the season.

Hamilton's seventh win in just 26 starts was the perfect riposte to the critics who had suggested he was feeling the pressure of fame and fortune after two error-laden races in Canada and France.

"It s definitely by far the best victory I've ever had, it was one of the toughest races I've ever done," Hamilton said.

Defending champion Raikkonen finished fourth. - Reuters

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