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British Grand Prix: Hamilton breaks records, surfs crowd, Vettel breaks tyres

British Grand Prix: Hamilton breaks records, surfs crowd, Vettel breaks tyres

16/07/2017 at 23:54Updated 17/07/2017 at 00:13

Lewis Hamilton won his fourth consecutive British Grand Prix to cut Sebastian Vettel's championship lead to a single point after the Ferrari suffered late tyre problems.

WHERE THE RACE WAS WON

The first few laps were key in a race that was disappointingly free of rain. Lewis Hamilton got away well in his Mercedes as the Ferraris had to cope with the lurking dangers posed by Max Verstappen's Red Bull; and the Brit stayed focused after an early safety car, pulling away once more and staying in the lead until the end for his fourth consecutive British Grand Prix win.

It was a disappointing show from Sebastian Vettel, who struggled in the closing laps, overtaken by Valtteri Bottas and then clocking relatively slow laps.

To add insult to injury, Vettel and Raikkonen picked up punctures practically simultaneously, meaning they both dropped down the pack - and the German had his championship lead cut to a single point with a seventh-place finish.

Sebastian Vettel's puncture

Sebastian Vettel's punctureGetty Images

HAMILTON-WATCH

Five stars out of five. A nice Sunday stroll for Hamilton. He complained about tyre blistering towards the end, but it was a problem only noticeable to him; perhaps he was simply bored and looking for something to keep him interested, with then-closest challenger Kimi Raikkonen a good 13 seconds behind him at that point.

He celebrated in style by staging an impromptu crowd-surf around Silverstone.

Meanwhile, the men who shared the podium with him were sitting in a big room, looking horrendously bored as they couldn't get their press conference under way without the race victor.

PIT RADIO EXCHANGE OF THE DAY

Valtteri Bottas does not want praise or congratulations. He just wants a place on the podium.

MOVE OF THE RACE

A great start by Max Verstappen, noting on the grid that Sebastian Vettel had flames and smoke at the back of his car, and then promptly pushing him at the start, into the first couple of turns and sliding into third.

BEST OVERTAKE

Difficult to pick one of Daniel Ricciardo's brilliant moves. Starting from the back of the grid after turbo failures across the weekend, the Red Bull driver carefully carved his way through the field. His slice past Kevin Magnussen on Lap 36 was simply beautiful - what an incredible achievement to finish in fifth after a dismal few days.

TACTICAL MASTERSTROKE

Red Bull pitted Max Verstappen twice. He was undercut by Ferrari early on, as they got Vettel into the pits and back out on track again during their duel and then did not stop him again - it turned out to be a massive risk that did not pay off as the championship leader's tyres began to fall apart.

"What happened to Sebastian is exactly why we pitted you," Verstappen's race engineer told him. It all made sense in retrospect.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen at the British Grand Prix

Red Bull's Max Verstappen at the British Grand PrixGetty Images

UNSUNG HERO

Renault's Nico Hulkenberg finished in sixth, staying out of all the drama and getting himself some useful points; the team will be pleased too what with Jolyon Palmer's failure to even start the race.

FACEPALM OF THE WEEKEND

Toro Rosso, what on earth? Daniil Kvyat veered wide, smacked into Carlos Sainz, taking him out. Not the day anyone wanted. Sainz was livid, and understandably so. Kvyat managed to keep running after having his nose cone replaced. He got a drive-through penalty for rejoining the track unsafely, which was probably justified.

STAR-SPOTTING

There was a legendary boxer as a guest of Williams at Silverstone.

There were also plenty of stars who are happier on two wheels rather than four, with Jason and Laura Kenny there too.

And someone who gave a voice to a four-wheeled star...

And some high-flying guests...

And an even higher-flying one.

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