Lewis Hamilton wins British Formula One Grand Prix for the fifth time !

Lewis Hamilton's win puts him on par with Jim Clarke and Alain Prost all of whom have won five British GPs in their life

By: | Published: July 17, 2017 2:24 PM

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel will be feeling the silver arrows heat as they enter we enter the last quarter of this seasons Formula One, with Lewis Hamilton's definitive win at the British GP on Sunday putting him within a single point of the championship leader. After a brief stop to deal with Joylon Palmer’s Renault breaking down on the warm-up lap as a result of brake-by wire and hydraulic problems, Pole-sitter Hamilton rocketed off the grid taking an early lead. Hamilton showcased his maturity running a smooth balance between out-right speed while trying to best conserve the tyres, etching out a gap ahead of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen who was manning second place. 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. The order remained as is until pit-stops began to start. Vettel quickly using his experience to make a rightly timed pit getting in ahead of the “flying” Dutchman.This was one of those rare races where Hamilton was in his element, focused on the win, focused on setting his times right. Making only one pit-stop through the race on lap 25 by the time he was already 12 seconds clear of Raikkonen. Unchallenged through the race, Hamilton scored his fourth win of the season and fifth victory at home in Silverstone. Bringing him on par with the legends Jim Clark and Alain Prost for British GP wins.

Meanwhile further down the pack, things were unfolding as Valtteri Bottas joined in the festivities for the remaining places on the podium. Bottas was on the fly having ditched his soft tyres for super-softs', fighting his way back behind Vettel.

The next few laps, Bottas held on while the Ferraris suffered tyre issues.Taking them as they moved into the pits for new tyres. This completed the 1-2 for Mercedes, while Verstappen who had wisely stayed out of the drama pulled into fifth place behind Raikkonen. Vettel got through a puncture on the second last lap finishing the race in seventh place behind Daniel Ricciardo.