Hamilton storms to British Grand Prix victory

Barsaba Taglieri
Luglio 17, 2017

The timings that the Ferraris posted were enough to push the other Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas down to fourth on the grid.

"I feel incredible in front of a great crowd like this".

Meanwhile, Vettel had to settle for third, 0.756secs off Hamilton and 0.209secs off Raikkonen - only the third time this season the German has been beaten by his Ferrari team-mate. With Lewis Hamilton running such a ideal race here in Great Britain, Kimi Raikkonen would have needed to get the jump on him off the line.

"I'm very fortunate that I know what is right for me".

Hamilton's excellence after starting from his 67th career pole enabled him to take full advantage of the misfortunes that hit championship leader Sebastian Vettel. In a dramatic race packed with incident, Vettel suffered a late puncture and finished seventh for Ferrari after his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen also pitted with a similar problem in the closing stages. "So it was quite tricky - I tried everything".

Verstappen was involved in an amusing moment of team radio when his engineer warned him about yellow caution flags at Turn Seven, only for Verstappen, who had just run wide at the corner, to reply: "Yes, because of me". The polycarbonate shield, placed on Vettel's Ferrari for the first time, is created to protect against flying debris while offering an unrestricted view. It was not the easiest feeling that we've had all weekend, there were a few places that were quite hard for us and the race was similar to on Friday.

'I don't think there is anyone particularly to blame.

Hamilton made a point of not only changing his racing suit to jump into the crowd, but also dedicating his win a group of children and friends he had invited to the race.

"I think maybe that is an answer to the critics". Vettel, his brakes smoking on the grid, lost position to Red Bull's Max Verstappen and fell to fourth.

Sahara Force India enjoyed a double points finish at the "home" British Grand Prix with Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez finishing eight and ninth to collect six points for the team. "I just kept my head down and we managed it".

"There is still work to do to get the auto more drivable and to be able to trust it more in the high-speed corners", Bottas said.

Vettel said the puncture had happened out of the blue.

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