Hamilton slashes Vettel’s lead to one point

SILVERSTONE, England (Reuters) – Lewis Hamilton received his dwelling British Grand Prix for the fourth yr in a row on Sunday whereas a penultimate-lap puncture slashed Sebastian Vettel’s championship lead to a single level.

The Briton’s force from pole to flag on an overcast afternoon was once lonely, uneventful and dominant — in complete contrast to his Ferrari rival’s afternoon — with Mercedes group mate Valtteri Bottas finishing 14 seconds at the back of to stable the one-two.

“The support has been fantastic this weekend. I’m so proud I might do this for you all,” said Hamilton, who threw himself into the lovers for some ‘crowd browsing’ after the rostrum celebrations.

“The staff have been wonderful this weekend, Valtteri did an implausible job as well so it’s the best weekend for us.”

A Ways at the back of in his wake, as Hamilton cruised to a 57th profession win and soaked up the applause from a military of flag-waving lovers, came sudden drama.

Vettel, who had battled on worn tires but seemed like securing the ultimate podium position until the blowout, finished seventh after an emergency pit stop with a bathe of sparks from the wheel rim.

“There was once no sign of that happening,” stated Vettel over the staff radio. “There Were vibrations but I had it for 20 laps and it did not get hugely worse. The tires failed to look nice however they never seem nice.”

The German’s Finnish group mate Kimi Raikkonen, who had been 2d prior to additionally being hit with a late puncture that sent Bottas and Vettel in advance of him, took 0.33.

At The halfway stage of the 20-race season, Vettel has 177 factors to Hamilton’s 176 with Bottas on 154.

Hungary, a circuit where the Briton has received five occasions prior to, is subsequent up.

F1 – Components One – British Grand Prix 2017 – Silverstone, Britain – July Sixteen, 2017 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates his win with fans after the raceJason Cairnduff

Hamilton became best the 1/3 driver, after his late compatriot Jim Clark and Frenchman Alain Prost, to win the British Grand Prix 5 occasions and the primary to take four successive victories at Silverstone.

Clark won four in a row within the 1960s but one was once at Aintree and another at Manufacturers Hatch.

Pink Bull’s Max Verstappen finished fourth, ending a run of retirements, with Australian team mate Daniel Ricciardo fifth after combating in the course of the field.

Germany’s Nico Hulkenberg was once sixth for Renault and Power India pairing Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez have been eighth and ninth with Brazilian Felipe Massa securing the ultimate point for Williams.

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Jolyon Palmer’s depressing run persisted, with Britain’s most effective other driver on the grid failing to make the start after his Renault broke down on the formation lap with a brake failure.

That pressured an aborted start, with the field doing every other formation lap earlier than the lights went out and Hamilton made a clean getaway.

Vettel, brakes smoking, in the meantime lost a spot to Verstappen.

The Toro Rossos of Carlos Sainz and Daniil Kvyat collided on lap two, with the Spaniard shunted out and the safety Automotive making an look for three laps.

Kvyat, who has been fascinated about a collection of incidents of late, checked out fault and was given a force-through penalty for rejoining the track in an hazardous type.

With Hamilton pulling away, Vettel and Verstappen equipped some fireworks with the Dutch teen protecting the door firmly closed as they went wheel to wheel.

“He desires to play bumper cars or one thing,” exclaimed Verstappen over the radio.

Reporting by using Alan Stanley Baldwin, editing by means of Clare Fallon

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