Lewis Hamilton wins the 2017 British GP

Evrard Martin
Juillet 17, 2017

But his time among the podium places was short-lived with a charging Bottas, who had started on the harder tyres and had switched on to the super-softs for his final stint, sweeping past on fresher and grippier tyres.

The result capped a wonderful weekend for Hamilton at Silverstone, where a stunning qualifying display also saw him earn pole by more than half a second from closest challenger Kimi Raikkonen. "It has been a flawless weekend for us as a team".

An aborted start due to Jolyon Palmer's Renault stopping due to a hydraulics leak, a safety auto period due to Daniil Kvyat taking out Carlos Sainz and the Ferraris of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel both suffering punctured tyres due to blistering punctuated an eventful race.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel said there was no need to panic after seeing his Formula One championship lead slashed to a single point on Sunday.

By the closing stages of the race, it was clear that Hamilton would be unchallenged for the lead but trouble would hit the Ferraris, running second and third at the time. "I think we have a good auto, not fast enough for first, but for the race hopefully we can challenge them and have a good run".

Saturday ensured he has already matched Clark's 50-year-old record of five British Grand Prix pole positions.

"Being thought of as a legend doesn't resonate with me yet", he said.

Raikkonen was third for Ferrari, after the Italian team had made a strategic gamble with their tyres, ahead of Max Verstappen and his Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, who had started 19th on the grid. I train myself and know what to do to get myself ready.

The Briton also set the fastest lap and stepped out of his auto only one point behind Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel at the halfway stage in the season. Setting the seventh and eighth fastest times were the Force India duo - Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon. I feel we've grown together in a really positive year, and Valtteri on board has brought a lot of positivity to the team and dispelled a lot of negativity we had before.

"What we can exclude is that we had any carcass failure on Kimi's tyre, because the tyre was still inflated", he said.

"The vision is not very good and it's because of the curvature that creates a bit of distortion", Vettel said.

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