Vettel wins British GP, Hamilton makes superb recovery

Vettel wins British GP, Hamilton makes superb recovery

The Brit made it all the way through the field to finish on the podium at Silverstone, in P2, ahead of Raikkonen, but was not happy with how the start went.

In a race with two late safety auto periods, reigning champion Hamilton went from pole position to the rear of the field before finishing second for Mercedes in a superb fightback.

Sebastian Vettel says the element of surprise was key to the move which helped him snatch the lead of the British Grand Prix from Valtteri Bottas.

Lap 50 - As things stand: 1, VET 2. Vettel finally pounced to take the lead on lap 47.

The Ferrari driver, now eight points clear of Hamilton, finished fifth that day with Bottas seventh while Hamilton won. Hamilton stayed close in third, hoping for a chance. Five laps to go!

Bottas had held Vettel off on a number of occasions but the championship leader then pulled off a sublime late dive to the inside at Brooklands to force his way through (pictured above) and escape up the road, with Bottas then fading as Hamilton and Raikkonen also found a way through. This is getting interesting with nine laps to go.

That was no comfort to Hamilton, who quickly worked his way through the back-runners as he posted the fastest lap times.

Vettel's mistake in France was punished by a five-second time penalty that was not enough to drop him behind Bottas, who had to limp back to the pits for a new set of tyres. The Finnish driver stays first. Sainz and Grosjean are out of the race, and are being checked by the medical staff.

The Sauber driver emerged unscathed, but the safety vehicle was sent out.

A poor start when the lights went out allowed Vettel and fourth placed Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas to sweep past by the first corner.

Vettel had his neck taped up having complained of a problem earlier in the weekend, but could not hide his delight at seeing off Hamilton in front of his adoring British fans.

An instant classic: This season's races seem to be swinging between tiresome processions and brilliant, memorable duels for the win.

The Swede was unhurt and climbed out to applause from the crowd as a Safety Car was deployed.

By the end of lap three, Hamilton was 14th. He held on to the lead as long as he could under attack from Vettel, who had a huge tyre advantage, with some of the gutsiest driving we've seen from the No.77 auto.



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