Lewis Hamilton took his 57th career victory today with his fifth triumph at the Formula 1 Rolex British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit
The result was his fourth win of the 2017 season, his fifth in Silverstone, and his fifth career Grand Slam, claiming pole, the victory, the fastest lap and leading every lap of the Grand Prix.
He led an impressive one-two for Mercedes as teammate Valtteri Bottas came home in second 14.063 seconds off the pace. It was the Silver Arrows’s second one-two of the 2017 season.
Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari claimed the final podium spot. He finished 36.570s behind Hamilton.
Red Bull Racing duo Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo were fourth and fifth, respectively. It was an impressive drive for Ricciardo, who had to start from 19th on the grid due to a series of penalties.
Both Raikkonen and Vettel were unlucky in their Ferraris. They both suffered tyre problems in the final three laps that cost the, a higher finishing classification.
Following today’s results, Hamilton (176 points) closed the gap on championship leader Vettel (177 points) to a single point in the Drivers’ Championship, while Bottas (154 points) inched closer.
Mercedes (330 points) extended their lead in the Constructors’ Championship to 55 points ahead of Ferrari (275 points).
Following the race, Hamilton commented:
“I’m so happy...this has got to be one of my sweetest wins here.
“I was gunning for this victory. There was so much negativity ahead of the race, with people questioning how I prepared for the race. But this weekend has been one of my strongest of the weekend.
“I made a solid start and then after that I managed the car and the balance, and the boys did a fantastic pit stop. I really can’t find a fault at the moment. The team did an exceptional job this weekend and Valtteri obviously drove a stormer today – I’m proud of him.
“This result really opens up the championship - and we go to Hungary next, where I’ve always gone well.
“Every time I came around Turn 7, I could see the fans cheering every single lap. It was really reminiscent of 2008, my first Grand Prix win here.”
The Formula 1 season resumes with the Hungarian Grand Prix on July 30.
|4||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||52.125|
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull||1'05.955|
|8||Esteban Ocon||Force India||1 lap|
|9||Sergio Perez||Force India||1 lap|
|10||Felipe Massa||Williams||1 lap|
|11||Stoffel Vandoorne||McLaren||1 lap|
|12||Kevin Magnussen||Haas||1 lap|
|13||Romain Grosjean||Haas||1 lap|
|14||Marcus Ericsson||Sauber||1 lap|
|15||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso||1 lap|
|16||Lance Stroll||Williams||1 lap|
|17||Pascal Wehrlein||Sauber||1 lap|
|Ret||Carlos Sainz Jr.||Toro Rosso||-|