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With Lewis Hamilton’s victory the Silverstone crowd got what it came – and expected – to see. Kimi Rӓikkӧnen’s first lap accident made them wait for an extra hour or so under a hot sun, but that just heightened the anticipation. While that crowd may have been convinced they were going to see their man win regardless of his qualifying faux pas the day before, it was difficult logically to see how that might transpire, what with his only rival starting from pole five places ahead of him and all. But actually, most of those five places weren’t especially significant – given that the Mercedes W05 had a stunning pace advantage over everything else around Silverstone’s high speed sweeps and the DRS zones worked well enough to get you easily past slower cars. Lewis was up to second early-doors and only 5s behind Rosberg. Phase one of Hamilton’s assault on the race was complete. The crucial phase was set to come later as their differing strategies played out. As it happened, Nico Rosberg finally suffered the mechanical retirement the waves of probability were always due to deliver and offset what they did to Hamilton in Melbourne. And that was how Hamilton actually won the British Grand Prix. But he might have been going to win it anyway. With Mercedes’ favoured offset tyre strategy, it was expected that into the second stint the hard-tyred Hamilton would have lost time to his medium-tyred team-mate and that it would all come down to the final stint in what was expected to be a standard two-stop race.