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

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

For once in 2017, everything ran like clockwork for Lewis Hamilton.

Hamilton had to get his tyres working, and at that stage his engineer said to him: "if you can't pull away from Valtteri, let him past".

How often Hamilton will race at Silverstone in future is unclear.

Hamilton's British GP week had begun with heavy criticism from the media about his absence from F1's London street demonstration, but the triple world champion appeared the quickest driver around his home circuit all weekend.

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Bottas's second place means he closes to within 23 points of the summit with 10 races to go.

Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo, who was fastest early on using intermediates, then stopped at Luffield reporting a loss of power, leading to the session being red flagged for five minutes.

Title contender Hamilton had a similar problem at the previous round in Austria which Bottas won after qualifying on pole. McLaren's relationship with Honda remains at breaking point, but the alternative options for the British team are uncertain. This completed the 1-2 for Mercedes, while Verstappen who had wisely stayed out of the drama pulled into fifth place behind Raikkonen.

It was a disastrous race for Toro Rosso.

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"Very excited, could cut glass at the moment with these things".

"We were really at the bottom of the barrel, staring into the bottom of the barrel, I guess, Friday afternoon".

Ferrari has not recorded a Formula One win since the Monaco Grand Prix in May, with Mercedes taking three of the last four grand prix victories.

"Then unfortunately these unlucky situations keep following us and for whatever reason the front left, not really exploded, but the canvas came off the tyre", he added.

He was then 9.5 seconds behind Hamilton, with some clear air ahead of him, but no immediate prospect of catching the Vettel/Verstappen battle.

"I tried it this morning, and I got a bit dizzy", Vettel said.

Bottas moved up to third when Vettel pitted on lap 18, and Verstappen responded a lap later. 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.

He dropped back to fourth, and went on to new supersofts for the 19-lap run to the flag. I can't remember the last British Grand Prix I missed but I'll be playing golf instead'. He stated that it would take some time to get used to it.