Lewis Hamilton triumphs as Sebastian Vettel hit by late puncture

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No other British driver has won as many races as Hamilton, second only to seven times champion Schumacher in the record books, and only the late Jim Clark and Frenchman Alain Prost can match his five British Grand Prix wins.

At best, Bottas will start the race in sixth place, with the ideal result for Mercedes in qualifying being Bottas being fastest and Hamilton second so the British driver inherits Pole Position, as opposed to Ferrari's championship leader, Sebastian Vettel. Vettel, already enduring a hard afternoon, had been due to cross the line fourth until a punctured front left tyre two laps from the end forced the German to pit, dropping him down to seventh at the flag.

Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas finished in second place. "Kimi I think had a similar issue, and his tyres were at least five, six laps fresher so I think it caught us both by surprise". "Lewis", from the 137,500 fans packing the stands around the circuit yesterday.

Vettel said: "The auto came alive this morning and that was really good".

When asked about whether he'll win the championship by Hollywood star Owen Wilson, who was promoting his movie Cars 3, on the podium, Hamilton joked: "That's the plan. and then I want to be in Cars 4".

Sunday's win also his fourth consecutive British GP win at Silverstone.

'There is no reason to question my preparations, ' Hamilton said yesterday.

We saw in Austria that a flawless start can mean a ideal race. Meanwhile, the wonder boy Max Verstappen had taken up third place after snatching the position from Vettel around the outside of the first loop on lap 1. Making only one pit-stop through the race on lap 25 by the time he was already 12 seconds clear of Raikkonen. With hindsight it is easy but at the time [the tyres] felt okay'.

With the laps ticking down, drama struck just when the order seemed set.

He rejoined in front of his team-mate and the pair led the field with Raikkonen third ahead of Vettel, the Ferraris waiting for Bottas to pit.

There was a battle between Vettel and Verstappen which, after a bit of bumper cars, saw Vettel take Verstappen in the pits on lap 20.

Williams could collect only one point from the race with Felipe Massa taking the last spot in top-10.

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