Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Medicine | By Megan Pierce

Lewis Hamilton's London no-show helped him become the main act at Silverstone

Lewis Hamilton's London no-show helped him become the main act at Silverstone

The Mercedes driver equalled the tally of Scot Jim Clark and Frenchman Alain Prost with his fourth home win in a row to add to his first win for McLaren in 2008.

Raikkonen had the same issue a lap before, and that helped Hamilton's team-mate Valtteri Bottas take the second spot to finish with a Mercedes one-two. After a strong run on the back straight, Vettel came close to taking third away from Verstappen with a bold dive on the inside.

Sebastian Vettel faced even big problems at the end of the race.

Nico Hulkenberg was fifth quickest for Renault ahead of Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo, who also faces a likely five-place penalty for the same reason.

At the halfway stage of the season he leads Hamilton by just a single point with the next race the Hungarian Grand Prix on July 30. Kimi Raikkonen was able to finish in third place despite this hiccup which resulted in a late pit stop, but Vettel dropped all the way back to seventh which saw him suffer in the points section.

"I'm really happy with all that negativity that came into the weekend, to be able to perform the way I have - the qualifying lap was so good, it was awesome - and then today's race".

Hamilton, despite having outperformed his rivals on Saturday, is not willing to take things lightly and said he was excited about being in a tough battle with rival Ferrari drivers Vettel and Raikkonen.

Kimi Raikkonen said his auto felt normal and he had no warning of the first of two tyre failures to hit Ferrari's hopes in the closing laps of Sunday's British Grand Prix. We got a bit lucky with Seb's puncture at the end and I pitted to be safe as I knew I had enough room behind me.

Raikkonen believes Ferrari needs to analyse what it was missing at Silverstone after seeing Mercedes show a clear performance advantage throughout the weekend.

"I hope you liked the lap", Hamilton told the grandstands full of cheering fans. Vettel, his brakes smoking on the grid, lost position to Red Bull's Max Verstappen and fell to fourth. Ricciardo made an incredible recovery, after starting from the 19th position due to a grid penalty for engine components and gearbox changes.

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.

Like this: