Lewis Hamilton wins British Grand Prix unchallenged as late drama costs Ferrari drivers

Mercedes’ British driver Lewis Hamilton celebrated winning
the British Grand Prix

LEWIS Hamilton swept to his fourth consecutive
victory at the British Grand Prix on Sunday to move within a
single point of world championship leader Sebastian
Vettel.

In a dramatic race packed with incident, Vettel suffered a late
puncture and finished seventh for Ferrari after his team-mate
Kimi Raikkonen also pitted with a similar problem in the
closing stages.

Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo produced a thrilling drive to
finish fifth after starting from 19th on the grid.

Formula 1: Drama in the final two laps at Silverstone
as Hamilton claims victory.

Hamilton’s victory, a record-equalling fifth in his home event
and the 57th of his career, rebooted his title challenge as he
came home ahead of team-mate Valtteri Bottas, who started
ninth, in a dominant Mercedes one-two finish.

“It’s a feeling I just can’t describe really,” said a delighted
Hamilton. “Look at this crowd. Thank you to everyone who turned
up. God bless you!

“It was incredible – I was inspired by all the kids who came.”
Raikkonen was third for Ferrari, after the Italian team had
made a strategic gamble with their tyres, ahead of Max
Verstappen and his Red Bull team-mate Ricciardo.

Nico Hulkenberg finished sixth for Renault ahead of Vettel,
Esteban Ocon and his Force India team-mate Sergio Perez and
Felipe Massa, who came home 10th for Williams.

Bottas said: “I am really happy for this today. It was not
easy, with so many cars to get through, but the team did a
perfect strategy. I just kept my head down and we managed it.”
Raikkonen said he was disappointed with his misfortune, but
Vettel said he did not blame the team. “It’s just one of those
things,” said the German.

F1: Daniel Ricciardo surges up the race ladder with a
mid-race blitz

Hamilton made a perfect getaway under heavy grey skies while
Vettel had flames leaping from his Ferrari’s brake drum, a
distraction that did nothing to stop Verstappen passing him for
third on the opening lap.

The two Toro Rosso cars clashed at Chapel where Carlos Sainz
spun off into retirement, having collided with Daniil Kvyat’s
car. The Spaniard also made contact with Kevin Magnussen’s
Haas. After an investigation, the stewards gave Kvyat a
drive-through penalty.

This accident brought out the safety car for four laps before
racing resumed with Hamilton back in control ahead of Raikkonen
and Verstappen while Ricciardo climbed to 12th.

Bottas, having started ninth after taking a penalty for an
unscheduled gearbox change, was soon up to fifth with a set of
clean passes.

Vettel and Verstappen were scrapping on and off the track in a
fight for third, giving the packed crowd several thrilling
moments.

Vettel, frustrated by his inability to pass the Dutchman,
pitted after 19 laps and rejoined sixth, but moved ahead when
Verstappen pitted the following lap and came out behind the
German.

Formula 1: Toro Rosso teammates collide in Lap 1 at
Silverstone.

This gave Bottas his chance to take third ahead of Vettel and
Verstappen, both having swept past Hulkenberg, to run behind
Hamilton who led Raikkonen by six seconds.

By lap 24, Hamilton had a cushion of more than 10 seconds on
Raikkonen but knew Bottas was a threat too as the only top
driver to have started on softs rather than super-softs.

He rejoined in front of his team-mate and the pair led the
field with Raikkonen third ahead of Vettel, the Ferraris
waiting for Bottas to pit.

He finally came in at the end of lap 32 and rejoined fourth
behind the Ferraris on fresh super-soft tyres. There was
further bad luck for Fernando Alonso though when he retired
with yet another engine failure.

With 10 laps remaining, Hamilton was clear by 12 seconds and
Bottas, fourth, was closing on Vettel, intent on fighting for a
podium finish.

The Finn tried to pass him on lap 42, when Vettel defended his
position, but succeeded a lap later by surging past on Hangar
Straight into Stowe as the German’s tyres faded.

This encouraged the men behind him to close in for the final
laps as Hamilton reeled off another fastest lap to prove his
mastery.

And then with two laps remaining, Raikkonen suffered a
left-front puncture and had to pit, gifting Bottas second place
and Vettel third before the German also suffered the same fate.

Re-live all the action in the live blog below.

Originally published as
Faultless Hamilton wins British GP

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