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Lewis Hamilton Wins British GP And Slashes Vettel's Championship Lead

17 July 2017

From pole position, Hamilton took an early lead after a stoppage for Jolyon Palmer's Renault on the warm-up lap, the result of brake-by-wire and hydraulic problems, caused an aborted start and an extra formation lap. I'm impressed by the new cars on this track with its high-speed corners.

Lewis Hamilton topped the times ahead of championship leader Sebastian Vettel in Saturday's third and final practice session before rain curtailed the action at the British Grand Prix.

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.

In the short span of a lap, Hamilton did his best to pull away from the pack but it would all come undone on a few moments later.

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But as Hamilton cruised up front, opening a commanding lead over Kimi Raikkonen's Ferrari, Vettel came under pressure from the other Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas. The two jockeyed for position which led to some great wheel to wheel racing by the two drivers.

Later Vettel was able to undercut the Red Bull during the pitstops. Verstappen pitted on lap 20 in an attempt to cover off the prancing Ferrari, but a slow pit stop allowed Vettel to get in front of the Red Bull.

Ricciardo made a similarly quick start, quickly finding his way up to 13th before running out of road while trying to get around Romain Grosjean on the way through Luffield.

Like Bottas, the Australian has a five-place grid penalty for an unauthorised gearbox change.

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Austrian Grand Prix victor Valtteri Bottas was fourth in his Mercedes, but will now drop to ninth after picking up a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change.

The German limped back to the pits but had slipped to seventh place when he emerged.

Vettel said the puncture had happened out of the blue. "There is a part of the tyre that is damaged and we will investigate deeply on all the tyres". Vettel (2009) and Kimi Raikkonen (2007) have also won here. With this win, the gap between Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel has closed down to just 1 point.

'We were generally faultless, ' Hamilton said after crowd-surfing with the Silverstone fans at his home race.

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"Not much changes for me now, " Ricciardo told AAP.

Lewis Hamilton Wins British GP And Slashes Vettel's Championship Lead