F1 Silverstone result: Hamilton eighth as Webber wins 2012 British Grand Prix
PUBLISHED: 14:45 08 July 2012 | UPDATED: 20:20 08 July 2012
FORMULA 1 driver Lewis Hamilton finished a disappointing eighth in today's 2012 British Grand Prix at a surprisingly dry Silverstone as Mark Webber took the chequered flag.
The Vodafone McLaren Mercedes star from Hertfordshire started his home race from eighth on the grid and was unable to improve his position.
Red Bull driver Webber crossed the finish line first ahead of Ferrari pole-sitter Fernando Alonso for his second Silverstone victory in three years.
Reigning F1 world champion Sebastian Vetel took the third step on the podium.
Felipe Massa was fourth for Ferrari ahead of the Lotus cars of Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean.
Michael Schumacher took seventh place for Mercedes GP with Hamilton eighth.
The pitwall said to Hamilton over the radio afterwards: “Tough race, Lewis. You gave it your all and the car wasn’t quick enough. We need to make some improvements.”
Hamilton’s McLaren teammate Jenson Button just finished in the points in 10th place after starting the race from 16th on the gird.
Button said over the radio: “The car wasn’t quick enough today, but the pitstops were very good, so cheers for that.”
Despite not winning the race, Hamilton still performed donuts for the crowd after the grand prix.
And he thrilled home supporters by leading the race at one point, having made his first set of hard compound tyres last longer than the rest.
Hamilton then enjoyed a thrilling tussle with Alonso in defence of first place, before the Ferrari driver – on fresher tyres – eventually made a move stick to regain the lead.
The McLaren racer from Hertfordshire later got the crowd on their feet with a brave move to overtake Schumacher into Copse.
However, there was little else for McLaren fans to cheer at Silverstone and Hamilton was unable to challenge for a podium after making his second pitstop as Ferrari and Red Bull dominated at the front of the field.