Hamilton returns to Vettel


Lewis Hamilton executed a clinical performance at the Silverstone circuit to claim a record-tying fifth victory at his home British Grand Prix.

No one could rival the Mercedes driver's 1:26.600 as he beat the previous qualifying record by over 1.5s and held a healthy margin over the Ferrari drivers in second and third.

For Hamilton, the victory after failing to make the podium in his last two races will vindicate the decision to go on a two-day holiday to Greece after the Austrian GP.

Raikkonen said he was disappointed with his misfortunes, but Vettel said he did not blame the team.

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. Red Bull's Max Verstappen was quick to capitalize on Vettel's slow start and stormed into P3. Esteban Ocon had recently taken to Twitter to appeal for a truce.

By lap 24, Hamilton had a cushion of more than 10 seconds on Raikkonen but knew Bottas was a threat too as the only top driver to have started on softs rather than super-softs.

"It's a feeling I can't really describe", added Hamilton, 32, who had attracted criticism in the build up to the race for being the only driver to miss the F1 Live demonstration through the streets of London.

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Far behind in his wake, as Hamilton cruised to a 57th career win and soaked up the applause from an army of flag-waving fans, came sudden drama. And his late puncture compounded his awful day but he finished seventh which earned him six points, and maintain the title lead by one point.

Asked if the weekend was a disaster, the German replied: "Well, I think it could've been a little bit better for sure".

And Hamilton is bullish about his chances heading into the second half of the season, with Hungary the next stop in a fortnight's time.

"I heard at the end that there were some tyre blowouts", said the Englishman.

"That functions really well and if it was down to me alone I would like to continue with this for many more years".

Ricciardo was the first to fall foul of the slippery conditions this morning when he lost control of his Red Bull on the exit of the final corner and slid across the main straight.