British Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton takes dominant Silverstone victory
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News July 16, 2017 Updated: 10:59 PM
SILVERSTONE, United Kingdom -- Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton “put the hammer down” taking his 57th career victory in front a packed home crowd as the proud Briton draws level with F1 legends Jim Clark and Alain Prost for most British Grand Prix wins. Later Hamilton describes the feeling etching his family name into such a prestigious race.
“It just doesn’t feel... it does feel real I have to say,” said Hamilton. “Not that it doesn’t feel real, it just feels... it’s hard to find the words. When I was racing here I just couldn't imagine I’d be. I could imagine one day driving a Formula One car and maybe winning the championship but I couldn’t imagine having the poles I have, matching the likes of Jim Clark and Ayrton Senna and having the Hamilton name amongst those stars. I’m really proud and I have to really take it back again to the incredible dedication from my family, my dad.
The upbringing that I have had is obviously the reason that I’m able to do what I do. The opportunity that was provided by my dad. And then the love that I get here is pretty... It’s one of the most special, if not the most special thing that happens in the season for me. You don’t get it anywhere else and I don’t even think any other driver gets it in any national country like it is at the British Grand Prix. So there is no way we can lose this grand prix. There is just no way it is going to happen as far as I’m concerned.”
Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen followed in second but ultimately finished third after he suffered a front-left-tire failure that forced him to pit during the closing laps. Bottas was able to capitalize off of this and finish second.
“My race wasn’t going too bad until a few laps before the end. I suddenly had the problem, my front left tire let go with no warning; the air stayed in the tire but the rubber part, came off. It’s disappointing because without that issue the second place was secured,” said Raikkonen.
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen took fourth after a blazing start where he battled and overtook Vettel for third in the opening laps before Ferrari used the undercut to regain position on Verstappen.
Teammate Daniel Ricciardo finished fifth after having to start 19th on the grid. Renault's Nico Hulkenberg finished on a high note in sixth ahead of championship leader Sebastian Vettel who also suffered a tire failure during the closing laps and was forced to pit causing him to lose what could have been fourth place.
Force India's Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez finished the day eighth and ninth as they continue to consistently score points for the team.
Williams’ Felipe Massa finished in the tenth and final points paying spot. McLaren-Honda’s Stoffel Vandoorne finished below the top ten in11th. However, this was still an impressive result for the Belgian.
“It’s a shame to once again finish just outside the points – but there are plenty of positives to take away from this weekend,” said Vandoorne.
Haas drivers Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean finished 12th and 13th as they failed to score points for the American team this time around.
Marcus Ericsson found his way to 14th after regaining the lead over teammate Pascal Wehrlein who said over the radio that he had lost power. Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat finished 15th after he and teammate Carlos Sainz made contact as they were fighting for position through Copse. Kvyat lost control of his car spinning him into his teammate. Sainz was forced to retire and Kvyat received a drive-through penalty.
Massa’s teammate Lance Stroll finished 16th with Pascal Wehrlein being the final car to finish the British Grand Prix.
Jolyon Palmer’s Renault didn’t even get off the line before the lights went out as he ran into an issue that forced him to pull his car to the side of the track. Fernando Alonso’s woes continue as he ran into trouble midway through the race.
Vettel's seventh place finish has now cut his championship lead over Lewis Hamilton down to one point.