British GP: Hamilton triumphs as Vettel hit by late puncture
- Lewis Hamilton wins British GP
- Record-equaling fifth victory
- Closes gap on Sebastian Vettel
- Both Ferraris have tire problems
Hamilton led from start to finish to win from his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, but Vettel, running third at the time, saw his left front tire fail with just over a lap of the 51-lap race remaining.
The German limped back to the pits but had slipped to seventh place when he emerged.
The same fate had befallen Vettel’s Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen, but the Finn was able to salvage the final spot on the podium.
After the recent disappointments, Hamilton put on a dominant display in front of his British fans, drawing him level with compatriot Jim Clark and Frenchman Alain Prost for victories at Silverstone.
It was his fourth straight victory at his home grand prix and never in doubt once he had pulled clear of Raikkonen from pole position at the start.
Raikkonen ran in a distant second for much of the race until his was the first of the Ferrari’s to suffer an unexpected tire problem.
Bottas, charging through from ninth on the grid after a penalty for a gearbox change, overtook Vettel on his way to an excellent second place, while the Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo moved up to fourth and fifth in the late drama.