Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Hamilton takes pole for British F1 GP

Hamilton takes pole for British F1 GP

The next round of the championship is the Hungarian Grand Prix on July 30.

'We were generally faultless, ' Hamilton said after crowd-surfing with the Silverstone fans at his home race.

Much like Silverstone, Hamilton was under a cloud this week as he skipped a promo event in London on Wednesday to go on holiday to Greece.

Both the German and his Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen had punctures in the closing laps, Vettel's costing him a probable podium and leaving him to finish seventh.

Lewis Hamilton has claimed his fifth British Grand Prix victory and with it, slashed Sebastian Vettel's championship wheel to just one point.

Max Verstappen has the luxury of a fourth-place start, being promoted one position because of a five-place gearbox penalty being handed to Valtteri Bottas.

Hamilton still faced a nervous wait after race stewards announced they were investigating an incident involving French driver Romain Grosjean, who complained he had been blocked earlier in the session.

"I don't think there is anyone particularly to blame", he added later.

Vettel was in third heading into the penultimate lap at Silverstone only to see his front left tire shred - immediately after Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen's auto experienced the same fate.

Pirelli says initial analysis of Ferrari's tyres after the British Grand Prix showed that Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel's failures were caused by different issues.

"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 is also a five-time victor around the Hungaroring, next up on the F1 calendar, where top spot will be on his mind.

Recalling the moment the tyre delamination occurred, he said: "Everything was going more or less smoothly and in the end the gap was fine for us but then all of a sudden two laps from the end I don't know what happened".

Nico Hulkenberg finished sixth for Renault ahead of four-time champion Vettel, Esteban Ocon and his Force India team-mate Sergio Perez and Felipe Massa, who came home 10th for Williams.

With his fifth career win at the British GP, Hamilton matches the record held by Jim Clark and Alain Prost. What looked like two Ferraris splitting the Mercedes cars ended up in a 1-2 finish for the Silver Arrows.

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

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