Hamilton’s win sees him close the gap on Rosberg

Lewis Hamilton goes crowd surfing after winning Sunday's British Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton goes crowd surfing after winning Sunday's British Grand Prix

Mercedes AMG Petronas team boss Toto Wolff paid tribute to Lewis Hamilton after he won Sunday’s British Grand Prix.

The world champion cut team-mate Nico Rosberg’s championship lead to one point following a comfortable victory after starting on pole at Silverstone.

Our understanding of the rules is that this kind of message is allowed

Toto Wolff

Hamilton led every lap of the race which started under the safety car in wet conditions before going to produce his fourth career win at Silverstone.

Championship leader Rosberg, in the other Brackley car, had to battle his way back past the Red Bull of Max Verstappen to take second place. But Rosberg was demoted to third after taking instructions from his crew on the final lap.

Wolff said: “On days like those, Lewis is unstoppable. He pulled the gap in the early laps, we made the perfect call on the strategy, then he controlled the race from there.

“He was calm all day, had everything under control and just nailed the race.

“Nico had a long battle with Max [Verstappen]. In the final laps, he was stuck in seventh gear, which was clearly a critical problem that would have resulted in failure.

“Our understanding of the rules is that this kind of message is allowed.

“It’s not the kind of driver coaching the rules were designed to prevent, so we gave him the necessary information and he did a great job to hold his position and bring the car home.”

Hamilton said: “I couldn’t believe it started raining at the beginning of the race. It makes it so much harder for everyone when that happens.

“Our performance has been outstanding, the engineers and mechanics did a great job.”

Rosberg added: “I was happy to have finished the race as my gearbox issue at the end was really serious and I almost had to retire but luckily I got it fixed.”