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Hamilton Wins On Silverstone's 50th Anniversary
British Formula 1 racing driver Lewis Hamilton has won the British Grand Prix - as Silverstone celebrates its 50th race.
The former world champion sped across the line some 28 seconds ahead of second place Valtteri Bottas after his main rival and teammate Nico Rosberg dropped out after suffering gear box problems.
Britain's Jenson Button came fourth, just 0.8 seconds behind Australian Daniel Ricciardo, on whom he was gaining before they both crossed the finish line.
Hamilton was heard saying over his cockpit radio: "England! What a great feeling guys - I couldn't be happier" before stopping his car and hugging his team mates.
Tens of thousands of supporters cheered as he crossed the line and later took to the podium for the national anthem.
Hamilton is the first British winner of the Silverstone Grand Prix since 2008, when he won the event for the first time.
His win takes him to within four points of his main rival in the Formula 1 Drivers' Championship, team mate Nico Rosberg, whose lead had looked increasingly secure.
The result was tough for Jensen Button who had started the race in third place and has yet to score a podium place at his home Grand Prix event.
The start of the race began in dramatic fashion, with a red flag brought out by the marshals following a crash after only one lap.
Button restarted the race in second, with Hamilton fourth.
Hamilton's win came on a day when Formula 1 legends descended on the motor racing circuit for a special parade to mark the 50th Grand Prix at the world famous Northamptonshire track.
Nigel Mansell and Emerson Fittipaldi were among the F1 heroes to take part in front of a bumper crowd.
The first British Grand Prix at the track was won in 1948 by Italian driver Luigi Villoresi in a Maserati.
Two years later, the World Championship was founded and Silverstone was given the honour of staging the first round, with a huge crowd of 150,000 turning out, only for star attraction Juan Manuel Fangio to break down mid-race.
The first ever British winner was Peter Collins in 1958, whose victory came just weeks before his death in the German Grand Prix.
Nine other Britons have won at Silverstone.