Lewis Hamilton wins the 2017 British GP


Lewis Hamilton won an action-packed British GP, while his teammate Valtteri Bottas, finished in the second place after taking a 5-place grid penalty for a gearbox change. Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen took the final podium place, despite a late scare which forced him to pit for a set of new tires. Sebastian Vettel too dropped to seventh after suffering a puncture with just 2 laps to go.

Hamilton led the pack throughout the 51 laps after starting from pole position. An aborted start due to a stationary Renault on the track meant that the whole field was forced to take an extra formation lap before the lights went out. 

Championship leader Sebastian Vettel who started from P3 on the grid had a slow get away. Red Bull's Max Verstappen was quick to capitalize on Vettel's slow start and stormed into P3. The fight between the two continued until Vettel finally pitted after being unable to pass Verstappen. Meanwhile, Ricciardo in the other Red Bull was making great progress at the back of the field.

The safety car was deployed in the early part of the race after the two Torro Rosso cars collided in the Maggots-Becketts complex. Vettel was the first of the front-runners to pit, followed closely by Verstappen. A blisteringly quick out lap by Vettel ensured the undercut worked. But, it was Ricciardo who provided the best entertainment as he made his way up the order from P19 to finish in fifth place. Nico Hulkenberg secured sixth for Renault ahead of the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel.

The two Force India cars of Ocon and Perez finished in P8 and P9 respectively, ahead of Felipe Massa who secured tenth for Williams. His teammate Lance Stroll could only manage P16. Vandoorne finished in P12 ahead of the two Haas cars of Magnussen and Grosjean. Sadly, Alonso had to retire following a power unit issue. For Sauber, Ericsson and Wehrlein managed to secure P14 and P17 respectively. Kvyat, after taking out his teammate finished in P15.

With this win, just 1-point separates Hamilton and Vettel in the championship battle. Next-up is the Hungarian Grand Prix on July 30, 2017. Current World Driver Championship standings are:

1. Sebastian Vettel - 177 points

2. Lewis Hamilton - 176 points

3. Valtteri Bottas - 154 points

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