Lewis Hamilton wins historic fifth British Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel finshes seventh
17 July 2017, 04:26 | Melissa Porter
Hamilton made a ideal 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.
From pole position, Hamilton took an early lead after a stoppage for Jolyon Palmer's Renault on the warm-up lap, the result of brake-by-wire and hydraulic problems, caused an aborted start and an extra formation lap.
Hamilton's final pole laptime of one minute and 26.000sec lifted him more than half a second clear of his rivals and left Vettel moaning at his Ferrariteam.
The 51-lap race had a few exciting moments at the start including a safety auto period. The fight between the two continued until Vettel finally pitted after being unable to pass Verstappen.
The two Toro Rosso cars clashed at Chapel where Carlos Sainz spun off into retirement, having collided with Daniil Kvyat's vehicle.
Verstappen's teammate Daniel Ricciardo started in 19th position after a turbo issue forced him out of qualifying.
Lewis Hamilton was handed a timely boost in his bid to win the British Grand Prix for a record-equalling fifth time after Valtteri Bottas was served a grid penalty following a gearbox change on Friday. That didn't stop the Australian however, as he quickly made up seven places at the start of the race.
"The vision is not very good and it's because of the curvature that creates a bit of distortion", Vettel said.
Whereas disappointed to lose second place on what was arguably his best race of the season so far, Raikkonen was much happier with the feeling he hand behind the wheel of his SF70H, and he hopes he can find a similar feeling in the upcoming races. "There is a part of the tyre that is damaged and we will investigate deeply on all the tyres". The good news to takeaway here is that Jenson Button finally made it to podium at the British GP. Vettel (2009) and Kimi Raikkonen (2007) have also won here.
It could have been a lot worse, however, with Vettel looking at one point like failing to score - an outcome that would have sent Hamilton into the overall lead. Hamilton was clearly pleased with winning the race and spent time crowdsurfing with the incredible fans that turned out in full force at Silverstone.
Hamilton's home crowd was ecstatic as they welcomed their champion as podium celebrations began.
Something tells me that Valtteri and Kimi might be waiting a while.
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