Mercedes Dominating 2016 Formula 1 Season
Hamilton’s chase for first continues after winning the British Grand Prix
Mercedes continues to prove its Formula 1 dominance with teammates Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton currently placed in 1st and 2nd, respectively. Despite being down 43 points following a slow start to the season, Lewis Hamilton is back to his winning ways, claiming victory in his 3rd consecutive world championship. Placing first in 4 out of the last 5 races, Hamilton now sits in second with 167 points – just 1 behind his Mercedes AMG® Petronas teammate Nico Rosberg. With the national seasonal midpoint coming up in Hungary, it’s looking like it’s only a matter of time before Hamilton surpasses Rosberg for championship position.
Hamilton’s Hat Trick
Last weekend, Hamilton had his best drive of the 2016 season on his home course at Silverstone, leading every lap from pole position. The victory was the 47th in his career, fourth at Silverstone, and fourth of the 2016 season, so far. He’s now the second driver in Formula 1 history to win three British Grand Prix in a row. Legendary Jim Clarke was the first ever in the sixties. After the race he went on to thank the home crowd for energizing him throughout the weekend despite the rainy weather, giving him the strength to perform at his strongest.
Closing the Gap
Hamilton has out-qualified his team-mate, Rosberg, in every Saturday session he has completed this year. Rosberg finished 2nd on the road at Silverstone, but dropped to 3rd after receiving a post-race penalty – issued as a result of Mercedes providing illegal instructions. It was speculated for some time that there would be an appeal, but Mercedes has recently announced they won’t follow through with any disputes, stating that “The Team accepts the Stewards’ interpretation of the regulation, their decision and the associated penalty.”
Hamilton, age 31, has been driving with the Mercedes AMG® Petronas Team since 2013 and currently holds three Formula 1 world titles – 2007, 2014, and 2015. He also holds more victories than any other British driver in the history of Formula 1 and is currently third on the all-time wins list, with 47. Hamilton’s next race will be in Hungary on the 24th of July. Last season he placed 6th on the track, but this time he’s on a hot-streak and 1st place in the standings is on the line. Time will tell if he can continue his dominating run and secure another victory.