Lewis Hamilton looks to come to Silverstone this weekend to stop Sebastian Vettel from increasing his championship lead from last time out in Austria where Hamilton ended up losing one point to his rival Vettel and what could crucially affect the championship.
However, we look back at how Lewis Hamilton in his second rookie season with McLaren in 2008 where he managed to win for the first time at his home Grand Prix at Silverstone, Lewis Hamilton qualified in fourth place after making an error in Qualifying. Whilst his teammate; Heikki Kovalainen started in pole, Mark Webber in the Red Bull started second and Kimi Räikkönen in the Ferrari started third in front of Lewis Hamilton. As Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Räikkönen & Felipe Massa (in the Ferrari) were fighting for the championship that season, the results could change the championship dramatically.
Lewis started well from fourth on the grid and rapidly overtook Räikkönen and Webber before the first corner and battled with his teammate Heikki from there on. Meanwhile, the drama began to unfold as Mark Webber spun on the “Hanger Straight” and ended up facing backward whilst he lost several places and on so did Felipe Massa, which was the beginning of a spin tally that he would want to forget. Further back, the Toro Rosso driver Sebastian Vettel & the other Red Bull driver David Coulthard tangled and were both out of the race. A handful of laps later, Lewis made a prominent move on his teammate and led, before Kovalainen ended up spinning at the “Abbey chicane” and lost second place to Räikkönen.
But Nick Heidfeld in the BMW Sauber, who at one point in the race was leading over Hamilton and Raikkonen after they had stopped for tires and fuel, fought up to second after daring overtakes in the rain on Räikkönen who was struggling and scrapping away in the conditions and Kovalainen. Räikkönen then ended up losing several places since he hadn’t changed his tires and had only refueled in the race for when he had to stop for new tires which demoted him down to eleventh, for the time being. But then, both Force India drivers: Fisichella and Sutil ended up sliding off the track, Timo Glock, Nelson Piquet Jr & Kimi Räikkönen ended up spinning around and losing out in the race after crucial mistakes. But the most dramatic moment of the race was when Lewis Hamilton ended up making a small mistake which could have had serious repercussions, as he ran off the track and onto the grass before managing to rejoin in the lead. Whilst the other Ferrari driver Massa faired no better whilst he ran last after countless amount of spins during the race. Robert Kubica who was also competing for the Championship and slid off the track and had to retire. Then Nico Rosberg ran into the back of Timo Glock and damaged his front wing severely and had to pit for a new one.
But even with all the chaos that lurked around, Lewis Hamilton bravely managed to cross the line, in first and won his first home race by over 68 seconds from Nick Heidfeld who came in second and Rubens Barrichello who amazingly came home in third place in his Honda after starting sixteenth on the grid. And it would be a race to remember for some and a race for others to forget.
“It is definitely and by far the best victory I've ever had. It was one of the toughest races I have ever done. I was thinking out there if I win it, it will be the best race I have ever done, not just because of the home crowd. On the last laps, I could see the crowd starting standing up, and I was praying, praying 'just finish'. You can imagine the emotions going on inside and I wanted to get it around.” - Lewis Hamilton (after the race).
And since then Lewis Hamilton has gone on to win five times at Silverstone; (2008, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.) Will he win for the sixth time at Silverstone this year?