Lewis Hamilton said his British Grand Prix win was a result he urgently required in the championship battle with his team mate.
Hamilton went into the race 29 points behind Nico Rosberg in the drivers’ championship, but closed to within four points of his fellow Mercedes driver after Rosberg retired from the race.
Hamilton had moved up from sixth on the grid to second behind Rosberg and was catching his team mate when Rosberg’s gearbox failed.
“He got quite a good gap at the beginning,” said Hamilton. “I really just tried to look after the tyres. But after that I utilised the tyres, was catching. And then we came out on the harder tyre and I was catching him a second a lap at the time. I couldn’t believe I had that kind of pace.”
“Obviously you never want to see a team mate fall behind. We wanted to really work and get those one-twos. But at the end of the day I really needed this result so I’m very grateful for it.”
“This weekend really just showed that you never give up,” Hamilton added, referring to his mistake in qualifying where he aborted his final run, only to be beaten by five of his rivals.
“Really, yesterday, it wasn’t a case of giving up, I just didn’t think I could do the lap,” he said. “I was really shocked that the last sector was so fast.”
“But coming here today, I have my family with me, just focused, the support from the fans just spurred me on. I really couldn’t have done it without them.”
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