Lewis Hamilton stormed to a record fifth victory at the British Grand Prix after taking four in a row at the circuit as Sebastian Vettel faced problems in the last lap. "Thank you guys so much", continued Hamilton, who needs the victory on Sunday to try and make inroads into Sebastian Vettel's 20 point lead in the Drivers' Championship.
The Mercedes-GP driver dominated the race as he converted pole position into the lead and led throughout, to finish ahead of his teammate Valtteri Bottas for his fourth triumph in 2017. Bottas also had an impressive day as he greatly recovered from a ninth place start to allow him second place.
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By lap 24, Hamilton had a cushion of more than 10 seconds on Raikkonen but knew Bottas was a threat too as the only top driver to have started on softs rather than super-softs.
"They are very quick in the race".
Having overcome a bad start at Silverstone, Vettel was running third and coming under increasing pressure from Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas when he suffered a front-left puncture on the penultimate lap. Vettel did get third after Verstappen went in the pits for new set of tires.More news: An iconic stage and classic costumes are coming to Street Fighter V
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As the Briton pulled off into the distance, Vettel's pace was compromised as he tried everything possible to pass the young Dutchman who was adept at placing his auto at exactly the right point on the track to fend off the German's advances.
"I feel incredible in front of a great crowd like this".
Ferrari's Vettel is out of contract at the end of this year and there has been talk of Mercedes lining him up for 2019. "If you don't know now that my preparation is mostly on point, then I guess you never will", added the victor of 57 grands prix.
Nico Hulkenberg finished in 6th place ahead of Vettel while Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez took P8 and P9 for Force India. "I'm really happy as with all that negativity that came into the weekend to be able to perform the way I have".
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".