Lewis Hamilton dominates British GP as puncture costs Sebastian Vettel podium finish

Lewis Hamilton dominates British GP as puncture costs Sebastian Vettel podium finish

The next round of the championship is the Hungarian Grand Prix on July 30. It was to be Hamilton's fifth British GP victory, which puts him on equal with Jim Clark and Alain Prost's number of wins at the event.

The result capped a wonderful weekend for Hamilton at Silverstone, where a stunning qualifying display also saw him earn pole by more than half a second from closest challenger Kimi Raikkonen.

"You always try to save the best till last", said Hamilton, who closed to within one of Michael Schumacher's record of 68 poles. A lap later, things were feeling a bit like dejà vù for Ferrari, as championship leader and Hamilton rival Vettel had the same puncture as Raikkonen, dropping him down to seventh place after struggling into the pits.

Raikkonen held second, but Vettel came under pressure from Valtteri Bottas in the latter stages of the race, the Finn having recovered from ninth on the grid following his five-place grid drop. Indeed it did look like Bottas would finish third, until there was drama for Kimi Raikkonen during the final stints of the race.

The Red Bull duo of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo registered top five finishes at the British Grand Prix.

The race will see the drivers battling it out to complete 52 laps of the 5.891 kilometer (3.66 mile) long circuit. Esteban Ocon had recently taken to Twitter to appeal for a truce.

Bottas retired from May's Spanish Grand Prix with engine failure while in third position, and so took a fresh gearbox for the Monaco Grand Prix.

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"I was pretty sure the tires would be fine".

"I believe that we had a good vehicle, especially in the corners".

Vettel's misfortune could prove a key moment in the title race, with Hamilton after his fourth win of the season, clearly delighted by the outcome.

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

Hamilton was clearly pleased with winning the race and spent time crowdsurfing with the incredible fans that turned out in full force at Silverstone.

Kimi Raikkonen said his auto felt normal and he had no warning of the first of two tyre failures to hit Ferrari's hopes in the closing laps of Sunday's British Grand Prix. I don't think so, ' he said. "I'm really happy as with all that negativity that came into the weekend to be able to perform the way I have".

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