Hamilton completes Silverstone hat-trick to close gap on Rosberg to four points

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton celebrates after winning  the 2016 British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Photo: Tony Marshall/PA Wire.
Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton celebrates after winning the 2016 British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Photo: Tony Marshall/PA Wire.
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Lewis Hamilton delighted his home crowd by completing a hat-trick of consecutive victories at the British Grand Prix.

The defending champion dominated in the changeable conditions to march to victory and in doing so became the most successful British driver at Silverstone with his fourth win.

Hamilton has moved to within four points of Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg, who crossed the line in second place, but faces a post-race investigation by the stewards following messages transmitted to him over the radio as he battled a late gearbox issue.

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen completed the podium places following another impressive performance.

After heavy rain Race director Charlie Whiting took the unpopular decision to start the grand prix under the safety car but when therace finally got under way after five laps Hamilton opened up a four-second lead over Rosberg in just one lap. It was a statement of intent and one which would set the tone for the remainder of the afternoon.