Lewis Hamilton Wins British GP And Slashes Vettel's Championship Lead

Lewis Hamilton Wins British GP And Slashes Vettel's Championship Lead

The Ferrari man saw his lead of 20 points dissolve to just one as a dramatic late puncture denied him crucial points as Hamilton dominated his way to a record-equalling fifth British Grand Prix victory.

An aborted start due to Jolyon Palmer's Renault stopping due to a hydraulics leak, a safety vehicle period due to Daniil Kvyat taking out Carlos Sainz and the Ferraris of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel both suffering punctured tyres due to blistering punctuated an eventful race. "I don't think so", said a philosophical Vettel, whose tyre woes happened moments after team mate Kimi Raikkonen had suffered the same fate.

"It was incredible - I was inspired by all the kids who came".

Force India's Esteban Ocon took eighth ahead of team-mate Sergio Perez and Williams' Felipe Massa completed the top-10 places.

Hamilton always gets a great lift thanks to his home crowd, and this has been especially true in recent years as the home crowd seems more supportive and appreciative for the F1 star. It was not easy, with so many cars to get through, but the team did a flawless strategy.

"There was no sign of that, no sign of that happening", he said. "It's just one of those things", said the German. Just a few corners later, Vettel suffered the same problem and had to limp back to the pits, dropping to seventh place on the final lap.

The Toro Rossos of Carlos Sainz and Daniil Kvyat collided on lap two, with the Spaniard shunted out and the safety vehicle making an appearance for three laps. After an investigation, the stewards gave Kvyat a drive-through penalty.

The 51-lap race had a few exciting moments at the start including a safety auto period.

Austrian Grand Prix victor Valtteri Bottas was fourth in his Mercedes, but will now drop to ninth after picking up a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change. This moved Vettel into second and Bottas to third but it would not stay for long.

Hamilton had a ideal race leading from start to finish.

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. Sadly, Alonso had to retire following a power unit issue.

Hamilton, who took pole by a season-best margin of more than half a second on Saturday, easily had enough pace to leave Raikkonen behind as the laps added up.