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British GP: Hamilton takes dominant home win, disaster for Vettel

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British GP: Hamilton takes dominant home win, disaster for Vettel
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Jul 16, 2017, 1:33 PM

Lewis Hamilton took a record-equalling fifth British Grand Prix victory in dominant fashion on home turf at Silverstone, slashing Sebastian Vettel's championship lead to a single point.

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-Benz F1 W08
Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB13 and Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF70H
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF70H, runs off the road with a front puncture
 Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB13, pit sto
 Jolyon Palmer, Renault Sport F1 Team, waves to his home crowd after retiring on the parade lap
 Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB13, Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF70H
Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari SF70H
 Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB13, pit stop action
Fernando Alonso, McLaren MCL32
Marcus Ericsson, Sauber C36
Safety car leads the field
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF70H and Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB13

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.

The Mercedes driver quickly built up an advantage over the Ferrari of second-placed Kimi Raikkonen, as Max Verstappen held up Vettel after passing the points leader around the outside of The Loop on the opening tour.

That was how the order at the front remained until the pitstops, where Vettel was able to undercut Verstappen and move up to third, helped by a slower stop for the Dutchman.

By the time Hamilton made his one and only stop on lap 25, he was 12 seconds clear of Raikkonen, and was never threatened thereafter as he raced to a fourth win of the season and his fifth victory at Silverstone, equalling Jim Clark and Alain Prost for British GP wins.

Raikkonen held second, but Vettel came under pressure from Valtteri Bottas in the latter stages of the race, the Finn having recovered from ninth on the grid following his five-place grid drop.

With Bottas going long on softs and then switching to supersofts, there was nothing Vettel could do to hold off the Mercedes driver, who moved ahead at Stowe on lap 43.

The Finn then set about closing on Raikkonen, who was suffering severe tyre trouble in the closing stages, and passed just before his compatriot had to make a second stop after suffering a delaminated left-front with three laps remaining.

That meant Bottas completed a Mercedes 1-2, 14 seconds behind Hamilton, while Raikkonen took third a further 22 seconds back.

Vettel had been set for fourth after being demoted by Bottas, and a potential podium after Raikkonen's dramas, but a dramatic front-left puncture for German as he entered Luffield on the penultimate lap saw him drop down to seventh.

Verstappen inherited the place, also coming in for a precautionary late second stop, followed by teammate Daniel Ricciardo, who moved up 14 places after starting on the back row to finish fifth.

Nico Hulkenberg was sixth in the sole surviving Renault, just two seconds behind Ricciardo, followed by Vettel, Force India pair Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez, and the Williams of Felipe Massa.

Stoffel Vandoorne was the only finisher for McLaren in 11th, as Fernando Alonso stopped just beyond half-distance with a drop in fuel pressure and a subsequent loss of power.

The only other non-finisher was Carlos Sainz, who was taken out in an opening lap incident with Toro Rosso teammate Daniil Kvyat at Becketts, the Russian running off the road and tagging Sainz as he joined.

While Sainz was eliminated on the spot, Kvyat continued undamaged, but was hit with a drive-through penalty for causing the incident and ended up 15th.

Race results:

Pos.DriverChassisEngineGap
1 united_kingdom Lewis Hamilton  Mercedes Mercedes 1:21'27.430
2 finland Valtteri Bottas  Mercedes Mercedes 14.063
3 finland Kimi Raikkonen  Ferrari Ferrari 36.570
4 netherlands Max Verstappen  Red Bull TAG 52.125
5 australia Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull TAG 1'05.955
6 germany Nico Hulkenberg  Renault Renault 1'08.109
7 germany Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari Ferrari 1'33.989
8 france Esteban Ocon  Force India Mercedes 1 lap
9 mexico Sergio Perez  Force India Mercedes 1 lap
10 brazil Felipe Massa  Williams Mercedes 1 lap
11 belgium Stoffel Vandoorne  McLaren Honda 1 lap
12 denmark Kevin Magnussen  Haas Ferrari 1 lap
13 france Romain Grosjean  Haas Ferrari 1 lap
14 sweden Marcus Ericsson  Sauber Ferrari 1 lap
15 russia Daniil Kvyat  Toro Rosso Renault 1 lap
16 canada Lance Stroll  Williams Mercedes 1 lap
17 germany Pascal Wehrlein  Sauber Ferrari 1 lap
Ret spain Fernando Alonso  McLaren Honda -
Ret spain Carlos Sainz Jr.  Toro Rosso Renault
Ret united_kingdom Jolyon Palmer  Renault Renault
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