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GP Week : Issue 161
British Formula One fans had little to cheer about at their home Grand Prix on Sunday as the national talent failed to make an impression on the leaderboard. Lewis Hamilton was the highest placed Briton in eighth place, with team-mate Jenson Button in 10th, while Scotland’s Paul di Resta failed to finish. It didn’t take long for the disappointment to begin after Paul di Resta suffered a puncture at turn four on the first lap. Although he was able to return to the pits for a new set, the damage caused to his car while limping back cost him valuable downforce and it was subsequently decided to retire. “I’m very disappointed because we took a gamble yesterday by running a dry set-up and the conditions today would have been ideal for us,” said di Resta. McLaren’s duo continued to fall further from championship contention with Hamilton and Button only just scraping into the points. Both said the car is simply not quick enough at the moment, while Hamilton was especially compromised by a short second stint on the soft tyre. “We tried as hard as we could, but we simply didn’t have the pace this afternoon,” said Hamilton. “I raced my heart out and was flat-out right to the end. We’re still in the hunt for the world championship – and, if we can find a bit of lap-time, we can stay in the hunt, too.” Hamilton did a few donuts on his slow-down lap as a thanks to the fans after enduring a tough weekend of traffic chaos and torrential rain. “I gave the fans a little donut on the slow-down lap – simply because I wanted to say thank-you to everyone who came out to watch us here today,” he continued. “I’d love to have done better in my home Grand Prix, but, regardless, the fans were fantastic throughout the weekend.” Northern Irish driver Will Buller was the only home victor at the weekend, after coming from last to win an action- packed GP3 race on Sunday morning. BRITISH DRIVERS ENDURE ANONYMOUS HOME RACE 29 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> SILVERSTONE