Lewis Hamilton DOMINATES British Grand Prix to win in style

Henrietta Brewer
July 17, 2017

Hamilton made a ideal getaway under heavy grey skies while Vettel had flames leaping from his Ferrari's brake drum, a distraction that did nothing to stop Verstappen passing him for third on the opening lap.

Daniil Kvyat and team-mate Carlos Sainz tussled through Becketts with the Russian running wide, as he rejoined the circuit, he collided with Sainz and the pair span. Damage to Sainz's auto saw him retire and the Safety vehicle deployed.

The 51-lap race had a few exciting moments at the start including a safety vehicle period.

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. Ricciardo was also a beneficiary of the Ferrari exploding tyres when he passed Vettel as he got his tyre replaced and also picked up Hulkenberg on the penultimate lap as well. The Sahara Force India Team F1 was right behind them, with Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon finishing seventh and eight, and the drivers would be keen for the fans to calm down on Force India's proposed change of name, namely to remove the "India" part.

Verstappen finished fourth in his first race finish since Monaco in May, while Ricciardo raced up from starting in 19th position to taking fifth position. Through his racing skills and his impressive overtaking, Daniel Ricciardo was named the Formula One driver of the day.

Valtteri Bottas was third, but the 27-year-old Finnish driver is out of the running for pole after he was last night sanctioned with a five-place grid penalty following a gearbox change. Raikkonen spoke at the post race press conference. After some expletives being shouted at in the Ferrari team radio, Raikkonen can swap his tires and rejoin in fourth place behind teammate Vettel.

His teammate Kimi Raikkonen, who had been forced to pit with a shredded tyre just a lap earlier, initially elevating Vettel up to third, reclaimed the final podium spot.

Vettel driving the Ferrari pulls into the pit lane with a damaged front left tyre. The good news to takeaway here is that Jenson Button finally made it to podium at the British GP.

In the general standings, Vettel has 177 points while Hamilton has just one point less.

Vettel was no threat to Hamilton at any time during the 51-lap duration.

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