Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton has won his fifth British Grand Prix, the first to win four-straight – incredibly, closing to him to within one-point of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in the standings after both of the Ferraris suffered late-race punctures, promoting his teammate Vallteri Bottas to second.
Hamilton, who scored his 67th career pole yesterday, the three-time F1 World Champion now just one away from Michael Schumacher’s all-time record, led from lights to flag – and never looked back, the Brit controlling the pace all the way.
It was the second one-two result for Mercedes this year, after Valtteri Bottas recovered from ninth with a storming fightback drive and lucky gains care of Ferrari’s tyre blowouts.
“It feels amazing to be up here [on the podium],” Hamilton said.
“The team [was] faultless this weekend, Valtteri did an exceptional job as well, so it’s a perfect weekend for us!”
Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen completed the podium, though was disappointed to lose second with a front-left tyre puncture two laps from home. His teammate Vettel finished down in seventh.
The grid now heads to Budapest in Hungary in two weeks’ time, just one point the gap between Hamilton and Vettel in what is quickly becoming a classic F1 season.
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Here’s how the 2017 FORMULA 1 BRITISH GRAND PRIX played-out lap-by-lap:
This should be a great race, at the place where the Formula One World Championship began in 1950. Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton starts from pole, despite the fact it was under threat in the aftermath of qualifying - the 3-time World Champion cleared by the race stewards, following an investigation for blocking the Q3 lap of Haas’ Romain Grosjean.
Hamilton’s pole, his fifth at Silverstone equalling the record of the great Jim Clark - and more than half a second up on Ferrari’s Kimi Räikkönen, and more than seven-tenths of a second up on Sebastian Vettel, who starts third.
Hamilton’s Mercedes’ teammate Valtteri Bottas starts from P9 - after a gearbox-change and 5-place grid penalty. Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo has also taken a penalty for a gearbox change, but a turbo failure during qualifying means he will start from down in P19 - meaning a sixth-straight podium will be very difficult. His teammate Max Verstappen starts from fourth.
Other surprises on the grid, include McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne starting from P8, the first time he’s started in the top-10 this year - and just the second time that he’s out qualified his teammate Fernando Alonso, who starts from the back after a 30-place penalty for additional power unit elements.
It’ll be interesting to see strategies here, with very little between a one-stop and two-stop strategy. If Hamilton retains his lead into Abbey, what will Ferrari and Red Bull do to try and chase him down? Bottas on the softs, with rest of top-10 on supersofts. Massa, Stroll, Magnussen, Wehrlein and Ericsson also on the softs, with the remainder of the bottom-10 on supersofts.
Hamilton needs this win to close up the 20-point gap to Vettel in the championship standings. Palmer complaining about brake pedal going long, he’s lost hydraulics and will retire from his home race - his fourth DNF.
Extra Formation Lap:
Palmer’s car needs to be recovered so the grid goes on another formation lap, with the race distance reduced by one lap.
Vettel’s brakes are on fire, as the start gets underway. Hamilton gets away slowly, but Raikkonen drags him down but can’t hold him - Verstappen gets ahead of Vettel into the Wellington Straight. Bottas is up to P7, ahead of Perez. Hamilton, Raikkonen, Verstappen, Vettel, Ocon, Hulkenberg, Bottas, Perez, Vandoorne and Grosjean. Sainz has gone off at Chapel.
Two Toro Rossos collide with each other, as the safety car is deployed - Kvyat turns into Sainz through Maggots, Becketts complex.
We’re still under the safety car as Sainz is recovered.
Wehrlein pits from P17, as the marshals clear up the debris. It’s Hamilton, Raikkonen, Verstappen, Vettel, and Hulkenberg closes-up the top-five. Magnussen was also hit in the Toro Rosso melee. Safety car in this lap.
Hamilton remains in the lead, with Raikkonen starting to reel in the Brit - less than a second between them. Ricciardo was up to P12, had made up seven places - but has dropped down after going off.
Bottas has moved up to P6, a podium his goal in this race. Hamilton has set the fastest lap, a 1:33.079 - seven tenths up on Raikkonen on that last lap. Vettel in P4 is the same distance behind Verstappen. Raikkonen is having hesitations with his car.
DRS has been enabled now. Hamilton has a 2.3-second gap over Raikkonen, Verstappen 2.4 seconds behind the Finn. The Saubers are racing very closely together, with Werhlein defending heavily to stay P16 against Ericsson.
Bottas passes Hulkenberg at Stowe to take P5, with Vettel just over 3-seconds ahead. Top-10 is Hamilton, Raikkonen, Verstappen, Vettel, Bottas, Hulkenberg, Ocon, Perez, Vandoorne and Massa.
Ricciardo has recovered to P14, after passing Magnussen. Vettel is being held back by Verstappen, 0.8 seconds the gap between them. Personal best lap by Raikkonen, who’s now trying to respond to Hamilton. Kvyat has been handed a drive-through penalty for rejoining the track unsafely (after which he hit Sainz).
Bottas in P5 is getting down into the 1:33s, 0.3 seconds faster than Vettel ahead - 2.5 seconds the gap now.
Hamilton leads this race, but is being kept honest by Raikkonen - 2.4 seconds the gap, and the pair doing similar lap times. Alonso in P13 is 0.8 seconds behind Williams’ Lance Stroll, with the Spaniard being chased by Ricciardo just 0.5 seconds behind.
Ricciardo passes Alonso at Stowe - and goes up into P13, Stroll is up ahead. Hamilton has extended his lead on Raikkonen - and is now dropping his lap times, 2.9-seconds the gap.
Hamilton does the fastest lap, a 1:32.895 - half a second faster than Raikkonen’s best on the last lap. Vettel in P4 is doing all he can to get closer to Verstappen. Ricciardo passes Stroll into Brooklands and goes up to P12. Vettel goes wheel to wheel with Verstappen into Stowe and then Vale - the Dutchman retains P3.
Hamilton sets another fastest lap, a 1:32.504. Verstappen says “He wants to play bumper cars or something?!” on his battle with Vettel. These two are still racing very hard.
Bottas has closed up to the Verstappen/Vettel battle, he’s now just 1.1 seconds behind. Vettel has lost some time with oversteer into Village at the start of the lap. It’s now Verstappen, Vettel and Bottas in close quarters.
Hamilton is now 4-seconds ahead of Raikkonen, 9-seconds back is the Red Bull of Verstappen. Vettel and Bottas just 1-second between them - both of them desperate to move forward. Stroll in P13 is 0.8 behind Grosjean.
Raikkonen in P2 was two tenths quicker than Hamilton on that last lap. Vettel in P4 is less than half a second behind Verstappen, so the battle in on again.
Vettel tries on Verstappen at Stowe, but can’t make it stick. Will he get him at the stops? Vettel is complaining Verstappen made yet another move under braking. Ricciardo is up to P11, after passing Grosjean - and is now fighting Massa for the final point.
Hamilton sets the fastest lap, a 1:32.360 - as Vettel pits from P4, trying the undercut. He goes onto the softs, 2.9 second stop. The German returns in P6, behind Hulkenberg. Massa gets passed by the Red Bull of Ricciardo into Stowe.
Verstappen pits from P3, quick in-lap. Bottas moves up to P3. He switches to the softs, 3.4 second stop so quite slow with rear-left issue. He’s passed at the exit by Vettel. Bottas told to get the hammer down to try and get that podium he so desires.
Hamilton sets the fastest lap, a 1:32.286. Raikkonen is 7.3 seconds behind in P2, with Bottas 13 seconds behind. Verstappen asks what happened at the stop, told a wheel nut issue. Vettel improves on the fastest lap, a 1:32.225.
Vettel passes Hulkenberg and is up into P4 at Stowe, Bottas is now 15 seconds up the road - and yet to pit (though has done a personal best lap).
Hamilton sets another fastest lap, a 1:32.190 - 1.3 seconds faster than Raikkonen on that last lap. Verstappen passes Hulkenberg for P5 at Stowe - with Vettel just 3.4 seconds ahead. Stroll pits. Alonso in P17 is 0.5 seconds behind Kvyat, the pair racing hard.
Bottas sets the fastest lap, a 1:32.166 - and asked to do anything he can do by his engineer. Perez and Grosjean pit. Sainz has retired - and is in the pits.
Raikkonen pits, he was suffering with that set of tyres - too slow behind Hamilton. He’s onto the softs, 2.5 second stop - and rejoins in P3. Bottas up to P2, and is now working on building a pit stop gap. Hulkenberg has also pitted. Hamilton has also been told to box.
Hamilton pits from the lead, onto the softs, 2.3 second stop so its a swift change. He retains the lead, ahead of his teammate Bottas - who is yet to stop. Bottas needs to get past Hamilton, with Raikkonen 10 seconds behind and the Finn has stopped.
Hamilton told to let Bottas past if he can’t stretch his legs, the Brit says he’ll pull him along with him. Raikkonen sets the fastest lap, a 1:31.903. Magnussen in P9 has both Force Indias behind, the pair fighting for supremacy - the young gun ahead.
Raikkonen is complaining of an issue in his cockpit. Hamilton sets the fastest lap, a 1:31.529, 3.1 seconds ahead of Bottas. Ocon in P9 needs to get ahead of Magnussen ahead to give him some breathing space ahead of his teammate.
Kvyat has pitted, moves from softs to supersofts. Hamilton leads Bottas by 3.3 seconds, ahead of Raikkonen, Vettel, Verstappen, Ricciardo, Hulkenberg, Magnussen, Ocon and Perez. Will Force India switch their drivers if Ocon is struggling for front end grip?
Hamilton leads Bottas, and the Finn is doing mid 1:32s - faster than both Ferraris on that last lap. Vettel in P4 is gaining on Raikkonen - 4.3 seconds the gap there. It’s likely Bottas will drop behind the Ferraris after his stop.
Bottas has a small blister on front right tyre. Bottas, Ricciardo in P6 and Magnussen in P8 are only ones yet to stop.
The Ferraris are now gaining on Bottas, Raikkonen 0.8 seconds faster than his countryman on that lap. Ricciardo in P6 is 22 seconds behind Verstappen, and is still yet to pit. Bottas told to pit.
Bottas pits from P2, moves from softs to supersofts - 2.1 second stop, so very quick there. He is now behind the Ferraris in P4, but ahead of both Red Bulls. Ricciardo pits and goes from supersofts to the softs, 2.1 second stop. He returns in P10, behind Perez.
Alonso says no power, his engineer tells him to retire. Hamilton leads Raikkonen by 13-seconds, as Ricciardo in P10 is stuck behind the two Force Indias.
Ricciardo passes Perez around the outside into Brooklands and is up to P9. He passes Ocon for P8 at Stowe. Bottas sets the fastest lap, a 1:31.122, in P4 - the Finn is chasing down Vettel, 3.3 seconds the gap. That is going to be an interesting battle, with the Finn 1-second faster than both Ferraris - and Bottas two wins secured with Vettel breathing down his neck, now the shoe could be on the other foot.
Ricciardo passes Magnussen into Copse and is up to P7
Hamilton leads Raikkonen by 11.8 seconds. Vettel is 4.6 seconds adrift in P3, with Bottas 2.9 seconds behind in P4.
Vettel and Bottas are on high 1:31s, a few tenths up on Raikkonen and Hamilton ahead. Hamilton’s tyres look in good shape. The Force Indias are racing each other and it looks like Perez will get his chance to pass Ocon.
So it’s Hamilton, Raikkonen, Vettel, Bottas, Verstappen, Hulkenberg, Ricciardo, Ocon, Perez, Massa, Vandoorne, Grosjean, Stroll, Magnussen, Ericsson, Kvyat and Wehrlein. Alonso, Sainz, and Palmer have retired. Perez in P9 is 0.6 seconds behind Ocon, and closing.
Bottas in P4 is chasing down Vettel, 2.6 seconds the gap there. Hamilton in P1 was on a 1:31.7 on that last lap, 3-tenths faster than the two Ferraris behind him.
Ricciardo in P7 is closing down Hulkenberg ahead, 7.9 seconds the gap there - and 0.8 faster on that last lap. Bottas in P4 is now 1.8 seconds behind Vettel, and this is a fascinating battle. Verstappen says his left front tyre is giving up, he has a free stop in hand - Hulkenberg 35 seconds behind.
Bottas is now within a second of Vettel, the shoe really is on the other foot - 0.5 seconds the gap now. Bottas goes round the outside of Vettel at Stowe, but the German locks up his brakes into the Vale - this is epic!
Bottas is hunting down Vettel, reeling him in down the Wellington straight. The pair are coming up behind Stroll, but Bottas passes Vettel for P3 down the Hangar straight and into Stowe.
Hamilton leads Raikkonen by 12-seconds, but Bottas is now 7.7 seconds adrift of his fellow Finn.
Vettel tells his engineer his fronts are going. Perez in P9 is still putting the pressure on Ocon. Verstappen told Vettel ahead is struggling on tyres. Replay shows Grosjean tagged by Ericsson, when trying to pass him - the touch sends the Frenchman into the gravel at Brooklands.
Bottas sets the fastest lap, a 1:31.007. He’s now just 6-seconds behind Raikkonen who is in P2.
Bottas sets another fastest lap, a 1:30.905 - he’s reduced the gap to just 5.5 seconds, 0.7 seconds faster on that last lap.
Hamilton sets a personal best lap, to remain 11.9 seconds up on P2 Raikkonen. Ricciardo in P7 is chasing down Hulkenberg, 1.9 seconds the gap there.
Hamilton has set the fastest lap, a 1:30.621. Bottas is 4.1 seconds behind Raikkonen now, but looks like he may run out of laps. But Raikkonen has a front left puncture! This is amazing - as Bottas passes him for P2 into Becketts.
Raikkonen pits with that puncture, Verstappen pits as well with his free pit stop. Ricciardo is chasing down Hulkenberg for P6. Vettel has gone off, he’s got a puncture too, his front left - sparks flying! This will cost him the championship lead.
Lap 51 - FINAL LAP:
Vettel pits. Hamilton wins his fifth British Grand Prix, his fourth-straight - equalling the record by Alain Prost and Jim Clark. What a race! This is unbelievable!
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