Race – Hamilton’s fifth home win slashes Vettel’s title advantage

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Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton won the British Grand Prix for the fifth time on Sunday – matching the record of Jim Clark and Alain Prost – to cut Sebastian Vettel’s championship lead to just a single point after late tyre dramas hit both Ferraris. Valtteri Bottas grabbed second from Kimi Raikkonen to secure a Mercedes one-two, as Vettel trailed home seventh.

With barely two laps remaining, a front-left puncture deprived Raikkonen of the runner-up slot, while an apparently identical issue cost Vettel a likely fourth place just a lap later.

Red Bull – off the pace of the frontrunners all afternoon – were the key beneficiaries, with Max Verstappen fourth and Daniel Ricciardo – the fans’ Driver of the Day after battling his way up from P19 on the grid –fifth.

Behind them, Nico Hulkenberg secured a superb sixth place for Renault – some consolation for the French team after Jolyon Palmer in the sister car went out with hydraulic problems on the formation lap.

The Force Indias of Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez took the flag in eighth and ninth respectively, with Felipe Massa the final point scorer for Williams in tenth.

It was a disastrous race for Toro Rosso. Carlos Sainz retired on the second lap after a collision with team mate Daniil Kvyat, who was given a drive-through penalty for causing the incident by rejoining the circuit unsafely. The Russian continued, but floor damage limited him to P15.

Along with Sainz and Palmer, Fernando Alonso’s was the third and final retirement after pitting his McLaren with power issues shortly after half distance.

RACE RESULTS

POS. DRIVER TEAM TIME POINTS
1 LEWIS HAMILTON MERCEDES 1:21:27.430 25
2 VALTTERI BOTTAS MERCEDES +14.063s 18
3 KIMI RÄIKKÖNEN FERRARI +36.570s 15
4 MAX VERSTAPPEN RED BULL RACING +52.125s 12
5 DANIEL RICCIARDO RED BULL RACING +65.955s 10
6 NICO HULKENBERG RENAULT +68.109s 8
7 SEBASTIAN VETTEL FERRARI +93.989s 6
8 ESTEBAN OCON FORCE INDIA +1 lap 4
9 SERGIO PEREZ FORCE INDIA +1 lap 2
10 FELIPE MASSA WILLIAMS +1 lap 1

(Formula1.com)






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