Saturday, July 21, 2018
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Red-hot Hamilton wins at British Grand Prix

SILVERSTONE, England — Defending champion Lewis Hamilton reeled off his fourth win in five races Sunday to storm to victory in the British Grand Prix and trail Nico Rosberg by one point in the standings

The 31-year-old Englishman came home 6.9 seconds clear of Mercedes teammate Rosberg. The German was later relegated to third place after a 10-second time penalty for a breach of radio communications rules as he tried to resolve a gearbox problem.

Dutch teenager Max Verstappen was promoted from third to second, with his Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo of Australia in fourth.

Hamilton's victory completes a hat trick of consecutive home wins at the British GP for the Mercedes driver and is his fourth on home soil and 47th F1 career victory.

Kimi Raikkonen finished fifth for Ferrari ahead of Sergio Perez and his Force India teammate Nico Hulkenberg. Carlos Sainz of Toro Rosso was eighth, ahead of the struggling Sebastian Vettel, who said his Ferrari was too slow. Daniil Kvyat in the second Toro Rosso was 10th.

In a reversal of the scenes last week at the Austrian Grand Prix, where a victorious Hamilton and Rosberg collided on the final lap, Rosberg was booed by fans during the podium ceremony.

"A great job and thank you so much guys for your efforts back at the factory," Hamilton said on his victory lap. "Right now, I'm thinking about all the people."

Rosberg leads Hamilton overall by 168 to 167 points, with Raikkonen third on 106.

INDYCAR: Josef Newgarden cruised to victory at the Iowa Corn 500 in Newton, setting a series record by leading 282 of 300 laps. It's the first win of the season for Newgarden, who finished second in Iowa in 2014 and 2015 and just missed winning the pole this weekend. Will Power was second.

NHRA: Antron Brown raced to his third Top Fuel victory of the season at the Route 66 Nationals, moving into the series points lead in a tight battle with Doug Kalitta in Joliet, Ill. Brown earned his 57th career victory with a final-round performance of 3.777 seconds at 321.19 mph in his dragster to hold off J.R. Todd.

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