Hamilton takes dominant British GP win

17th Jul 2017 11:50 am

Vettel, who suffered front left tyre problems two laps to the end, ended up finishing the race in seventh place.

Lewis Hamilton produced a dominant drive to win British Grand Prix and slash Formula 1 title rival Sebastian Vettel's championship lead to just a single point after a dramatic finish.

Hamilton led from lights to flag, crossing the line 14 seconds ahead of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas with Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen completing the podium.

There was late drama as Raikkonen and Vettel suffered front left tyre problems with three and two laps to go respectively, when running second and fourth.

Raikkonen pitted and rejoined to take third with Vettel, who had reported blistering after a big lock-up, falling right back to seventh as he had to drive further on his wrecked tyre.

It was Hamilton's fourth victory of the season, his fourth consecutive British GP win and fifth F1 triumph at Silverstone.

At the start, Raikkonen challenged Hamilton into the first corner, but the leader held firm and set about building an advantage. Vettel made a slow start, slipping behind Verstappen before retaking the position only for the Red Bull driver to go back past around him on the outside at the Loop.

Vettel was the first of the frontrunners to pit, with Red Bull reacting by bringing Verstappen in next time around. But a problem with a wheelnut delayed Verstappen, meaning he rejoined behind Vettel and did not have the pace to respond.

Raikkonen pitted soon after, with Hamilton following suit on the next lap and rejoining comfortably in the lead, ahead of Bottas, who had yet to pit having run deep on softs after starting ninth following a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change.

It wasn't until lap 33 of 51 that Mercedes called Bottas, the only driver in the top 10 to start on the softs, in for the super-softs, and he rejoined fourth. He used the fresher, softer rubber to gradually reduce the gap to Vettel and then launched an attack on the run to Club, but the Ferrari driver locked up and kept the position.

On the next lap, Bottas was much closer to Vettel on Hangar Straight and swept around the outside of Vettel with ease before they reached Stowe.

Bottas then inherited second when Raikkonen suffered the tyre issue, with Verstappen pitting late as a precaution and rejoining in fourth, ending a run of three successive retirements.

His teammate Daniel Ricciardo produced an impressive recovery drive to take fifth, having started 19th after a series of grid penalties for engine component and gearbox changes and dropping to last early on having run into the gravel when trying to pass Kevin Magnussen.

Renault's Nico Hulkenberg equalled his best finish of the season with sixth, losing out to Ricciardo late on, but his teammate Jolyon Palmer failed to take the start after reporting brake-by-wire and hydraulic problems on the formation lap.

Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez gave Force India an eighth double points finish in 10 races with eighth and ninth ahead of Felipe Massa. They had ended up in a three-way battle that developed as they queued behind the long-running Magnussen before the Haas finally pitted.

McLaren again failed to score, although Stoffel Vandoorne was not far behind Massa in 11th. Fernando Alonso retired midway through the race having got up to 14th from his back of the grid start.

RESULTS – 51 LAPS:

POS

DRIVER

CAR

GAP

1

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

1h21m27.430s

2

Valtteri Bottas

Mercedes

14.063s

3

Kimi Raikkonen

Ferrari

36.570s

4

Max Verstappen

Red Bull/Renault

52.125s

5

Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull/Renault

1m05.955s

6

Nico Hulkenberg

Renault

1m08.109s

7

Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari

1m33.989s

8

Esteban Ocon

Force India/Mercedes

1 Lap

9

Sergio Perez

Force India/Mercedes

1 Lap

10

Felipe Massa

Williams/Mercedes

1 Lap

11

Stoffel Vandoorne

McLaren/Honda

1 Lap

12

Kevin Magnussen

Haas/Ferrari

1 Lap

13

Romain Grosjean

Haas/Ferrari

1 Lap

14

Marcus Ericsson

Sauber/Ferrari

1 Lap

15

Daniil Kvyat

Toro Rosso/Renault

1 Lap

16

Lance Stroll

Williams/Mercedes

1 Lap

17

Pascal Wehrlein

Sauber/Ferrari

1 Lap

-

Fernando Alonso

McLaren/Honda

Fuel pump

-

Carlos Sainz

Toro Rosso/Renault

Collision

-

Jolyon Palmer

Renault

Not started

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