Round nine of the 2015 Formula 1 season takes place at the ‘Home of British Motorsport’ and the host of the first ever Formula 1 Grand Prix back in 1950 – Silverstone.
Lewis Hamilton took pole position for the race on Saturday ahead of Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg, while Williams locked out row two, Felipe Massa ahead of Valtteri Bottas, while the two Ferrari‘s of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel were fifth and sixth.
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Welcome to live coverage of the British Grand Prix!
The sun is out at Silverstone, with Lewis Hamilton starting from pole position for the eighth time in nine races this year!
The wind was gusty during qualifying, affecting many drivers, but it is more steady today.
We’ve already had issues for Felipe Nasr on the way to the grid, with the Sauber driver set to start from the pit lane.
Lets have a run down at the grid for today’s race:
P1 Hamilton, P2 Rosberg
P3 Massa, P4 Bottas
P5 Raikkonen P6 Vettel
P7 Kvyat P8 Sainz
P9 Hulkenberg P10 Ricciardo
P11 Perez P12 Grosjean
P13 Verstappen P14 Maldonado
P15 Ericsson P16 Nasr (starts from pit lane)
P17 Alonso P18 Button
P19 Stevens P20 Merhi
Track limits have been a talking point so far this weekend, with eleven drivers losing times during qualifying for exceeding them, and penalties will be applied if the drivers do not comply with the white line at Copse Corner during the race.
During the GP2 race this morning we saw warning flags and 5 second penalties applied for crossing the Copse Corner white line, so F1 drivers will be aware of the zero tolerance ruling.
Felipe Nasr will not be starting the Grand Prix, meaning only 19 drivers will see the red flags go out at the start.
Its a shame for Nasr, who has shown lots of promise so far in his rookie season, despite being in a Sauber that has lost ground to its rivals in the development race this year.
The grid is clearing ahead of the formation lap, with drivers set to utilise one or two stop pit strategies today.
Hamilton leads the field away on the formation lap, with the current championship leader on pole for the third time in his career at Silverstone.
The other Britons in the field are all the way down in P18 and P19, with Jenson Button in his sixteenth British GP ahead of Will Stevens in his first.
And its lights out…
Felipe Massa has taken the lead at the start ahead of Valtteri Bottas!
Jenson Button seems to be out of the race, while Bottas has lost P2 to Hamilton.
And we have the safety car out on track.
Romain Grosjean is out of the race, with the Frenchman apparently colliding with his team-mate Pastor Maldonado.
Fernando Alonso is into the pits with a damaged front wing.
Pastor Maldonado is also out of the race, what a disaster for Lotus.
Both Williams drivers had amazing starts, but further down it looked like the two Lotus drivers hit each other AND the two McLaren’s hit each other.
What it does mean is we have three retirements on the opening lap, both Lotus drivers and Button, meaning only 16 remain with Felipe Nasr not starting.
It was one big chain reaction that saw Ericsson, Ricciardo, Button, Alonso, Grosjean and Maldonado all affected in some way.
The safety car is in this lap.
Hamilton makes a mistake on the restart while attacking Massa for the lead, allowing Bottas back into P2.
Max Verstappen is in the barriers at Farm.
Daniil Kvyat and Sergio Perez have both passed Sebastian Vettel!
Massa leads Bottas, Hamilton, Rosberg and Hulkenberg.
Verstappen is the latest driver to retire as a result of his spin. The Dutchman had been the only driver on the Hard Pirelli tyre at the start.
Massa leads the British Grand Prix, having never finished on the podium at Silverstone, is this the day that all changes?
Bottas keep close to team-mate Massa at the front, who would have thought Williams would be running 1-2 at this stage of the race, and not allowing Mercedes to pass them.
The top four are well clear of fifth placed Nico Hulkenberg in the b-spec Force India, who is leading a long train of drivers led by Kimi Raikkonen.
Vettel has reclaimed P8 from Sergio Perez at Brooklands.
Both Williams drivers have been told not to race their team-mate to try and pull away from the Mercedes drivers.
Bottas looks to have the pace advantage on Massa right now, with the Finn getting close to the Brazilian down the Hanger Straight.
We are already on lap 12, with Daniel Ricciardo pitting for the first stop of the afternoon.
After appearing to drop off the back of the leading Trio, Nico Rosberg brings himself back into it by posting the fastest lap of the race so far.
The sole remaining Toro Rosso of Carlos Sainz pits from P10. Both he and Ricciardo look to be on two stop strategies.
Massa still leads the way from Bottas, who has been told if he wants to pass it has to be clean.
Raikkonen pits from P6 in a bid to jump ahead of Hulkenberg.
Vettel follows his team-mate into the pits the next lap around. Both Ferrari’s could be on two stop strategies
Massa continues to hold the lead by just under half a second from Bottas as the leaders complete lap 15.
The top four are more than twelve seconds clear of fifth place Hulkenberg.
Daniel Ricciardo reporting a loss of power on his Red Bull, more issues with Renault?
Alonso pits for a second time to switch to the Medium tyres.
Is Williams’ tactics to not allow Bottas past Massa costing them the race?
Daniil Kvyat pits from P6, and drops behind the two Ferraris.
Lewis Hamilton pits from P3, and looks to try and get the undercut on the Williams drivers in the pit lane.
Hulkenberg also pits from P5, but drops to ninth.
Raikkonen passes Marcus Ericsson for P6, the Sauber driver yet to have stopped.
Race leader Felipe Massa and P3 Nico Rosberg hit the pit lane.
Hamilton has jumped ahead of Massa in the pit lane, but Rosberg was unable to get ahead of the Williams driver during the pit stops, but it was a close run thing.
Ricciardo pitting for a second time.
A loud cheer from the fans as Hamilton assumes the lead of the Grand Prix after Bottas pitted.
Bottas holds of Rosberg for P3, but both Williams’ have been passed by Hamilton.
Wiliams’ tactics again under question as their 1-2 running is now 2-3 with Hamilton running away at the front.
Lewis Hamilton leads for an 18th consecutive race, breaking the record he jointly held with Sir Jackie Stewart.
In the meantime, Daniel Ricciardo has retired from the race with engine issues on his Red Bull.
Valtteri Bottas tells his team that it is ‘too late’ after finally being told to fight Felipe Massa for position.
We are nearly at half distance, and the dark clouds are coming in, with Mercedes telling Lewis Hamilton that we could see rain in about 30 minutes time…
A lot of drivers being told to make the tyres last until the end of the race.
Hamilton now 4.2 seconds clear of Massa in second.
Behind Massa is Bottas and Rosberg, while the two Ferrari’s are now fifth and sixth, Raikkonen still ahead of Vettel.
Will Stevens running P13, with only 14 cars remaining.
Drivers getting told rain is on its way, though how much is yet unclear.
Alonso told the rain ‘could be quite heavy’ if and when it comes.
Massa seemingly has the better pace than Bottas right now, with Rosberg firmly on the tail of the second Williams.
Carlos Sainz Jr warned about track limits at Copse Corner.
Sainz is involved in a close battle with Sergio Perez for P9.
Rosberg is told to ‘give it everything’ as he looks to get ahead of Bottas.
A small mistake by Perez allows Sainz to move away from the Mexican.
Rain is expected around 14:05 according to the FIA.
The second Toro Rosso appears to have joined its team-mate in retirement as Sainz stops at Club Corner.
We have a Virtual Safety Car while the Toro Rosso is cleared.
The cars are now running at a reduced pace as they clear Sainz’ car.
Sainz’ retirement moves the Manors into P12 and P13… interesting.
The rain has arrived just as the VSC ends
The interesting race could become even more interesting if the rain falls heavy enough.
Will anyone gamble on intermediates early?
Drivers staying out for now, as the rain still falls lightly.
Williams traditionally struggle in the rain so both Massa and Bottas will be hoping the rain does not end up affecting them too much.
The rain falling harder at Luffield as the rain begins to fall heavier. Rosberg goes off at Woodcote but rejoins.
Vettel passes Raikkonen for P5 down the Hanger Straight, with the Finn then hitting the pits.
Raikkonen swaps to inters!
The old pit straight is where the majority of the rain is falling, while Rosberg passes Bottas for P3.
The rain seems to have eased, meaning the drivers who are now on inters might struggle for a good result.
Rosberg has cruised up to the back of Massa for P2.
Rosberg passes Massa for P2, with Mercedes now 1-2 on the track.
Raikkonen struggling around well off the pace, and is being caught by Perez for P8 quickly
In fact, as I write that, Perez is now ahead of Raikkonen.
Kvyat is closing on Vettel for P5.
Rosberg is closing quickly down on Hamilton, the battle could be on for the lead!
Hamilton pits from the lead complaining of no grip, Rosberg leads!
Hamilton fits intermediates, and its raining harder than before!
Vettel also pits from P5 for inters.
Rosberg heading for the pits as the track is now wet all around the track.
Hamilton might have had the luck of pitting at just the right moment and retakes the lead!
Sebastian Vettel is now P3 ahead of both Williams drivers.
Bottas runs wide just after leaving the pits, while Raikkonen also has an off in P8.
Alonso currently inside the top ten, albeit in tenth, on course for his first point of the season.
Hamilton almost nine seconds clear of Rosberg now after the pit stops for inters.
Vettel pitted at the right time to snatch the final place on the podium so far ahead of Massa.
Will Stevens has spun and hit the wall heading into Luffield, though he is able to continue albeit without his front wing.
New set of inters for Raikkonen who remains P8.
Three laps remaining, with more rain set to fall imminently.
Hamilton now over ten seconds ahead of Rosberg.
Hamilton warned the rain intensity is increasing again as he heads to end lap 50 of 52.
Bottas frustrated down in P5, complaining his inters arent working.
Hamilton heading into the final lap of the race…
Rosberg is P2 ahead of Vettel, Massa, Bottas, Kvyat, Hulkenberg, Raikkonen, Perez and Alonso.
Fans cheering Hamilton around the final lap of the race.
Hamilton wins the British Grand Prix!
Nico Rosberg finishes second ahead of Sebastian Vettel, while the two Williams drivers finish off the podium despite heading the field in the early stages.
Daniil Kvyat finishes sixth for Red Bull, finishing on the tail of Bottas at the end, while Nico Hulkenberg is the final unlapped runner in P7.
Kimi Raikkonen can only finish eighth after the early call for inters in the first rain shower didn’t work for him.
Sergio Perez takes ninth ahead of Fernando Alonso, who scores his first point of 2015 in tenth!
Marcus Ericsson dropped out of the points late in the race after pitting for slicks a lap before the rain fell harder, sending him in for another stop the next lap around.
Both Manor drivers saw the chequered flag, with Roberto Merhi ahead of Will Stevens following the Britons late incident at Luffield.
Stay tuned for race reports and driver thoughts later on thecheckeredflag.co.uk
The final result at Silverstone:
1. Lewis Hamilton
2. Nico Rosberg
3. Sebastian Vettel
4. Felipe Massa
5. Valtteri Bottas
6. Daniil Kvyat
7. Nico Hulkenberg
8. Kimi Raikkonen
9. Sergio Perez
10. Fernando Alonso
11. Marcus Ericsson
12. Roberto Merhi
13. Will Stevens
Ret: Carlos Sainz Jr
Ret: Daniel Ricciardo
Ret: Max Verstappen
Ret: Romain Grosjean
Ret: Pastor Maldonado
Ret: Jenson Button
DNS: Felipe Nasr