F1: Hamilton leads home Bottas for his fifth British Grand Prix win as drama hits Ferrari

F1: Hamilton leads home Bottas for his fifth British Grand Prix win as drama hits Ferrari
Silverstone GP podium 2017 image-Wolfgang Wilhelm

Silverstone GP podium 2017 image-Wolfgang Wilhelm

Sun 16th Jul 2017-

  • Lewis took his 57th career victory today – his fifth at the Silverstone Circuit, and fourth of the 2017 season
  • Lewis scored his fifth career Grand Slam, claiming pole, the victory, fastest lap and leading every lap of the Grand Prix
  • Valtteri came home in second to secure the Silver Arrows’ second 1-2 of 2017
  • Today’s result marks the 70th victory for the Mercedes-AMG Silver in Formula One
  • Lewis (176 points) closes the gap on Sebastian Vettel (177 points) to just a single point in the Drivers’ Championship, with Valtteri (154 points) a further 23 points back in P3
  • Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport (330 points) lead the Constructors’ Championship by 55 points from Ferrari (275 points) in P2

Lewis Hamilton 
I’m so happy… this has got to be one of my sweetest wins here. I was gunning for this victory. There was so much negativity ahead of the race, with people questioning how I prepared for the race. But this weekend has been one of my strongest of the weekend. I made a solid start and then after that I managed the car and the balance, and the boys did a fantastic pit stop. I really can’t find a fault at the moment. The team did an exceptional job this weekend and Valtteri obviously drover a stormer today – I’m proud of him. It’s great to have him in the team. I’m surprised to see the issues the Ferrari had because I didn’t see any debris. I did not expect to come away from this weekend just one point behind Sebastian. This result really opens up the championship – and we go to Hungary next, where I’ve always gone well. Every time I came around Turn 7, I could see the fans cheering every single lap. It was really reminiscent of 2008, my first Grand Prix win here. I’ve got some great supporters here, not only in the crowd, but in the garage as well. I’ve got my brother here, some of my aunties and family has come too. There’s this amazing young kid who’s come from South Africa, Michael, who is fighting cancer. It was amazing to see him. And Billy Monger is with us, who is just such an inspiration.

Valtteri Bottas 
What a race! I’m really happy for us as a team, to get the second 1-2 of the season. Of course I would have liked to win, but I’m happy anyway because that was definitely one of my best ever races. I had to fight hardcore out there a couple of times, but I ended up in a good position. We could actually go longer than expected in the first stint on the Softs and the tyres were really good. In the last stint the team told me to just take care of the tyres, because we saw a few failures out there for some other teams, but for me they were fine. We’re just at the half-way point of the season and it could definitely be worst. It’s still just my first year with the team and I’m still right in the championship fight As a team we did a really good job today. The strategy right from the start of the race worked really well. It was a flawless race for us and the 1-2 was our prize – the team really deserve this. We definitely got lucky with Kimi’s puncture in the end, to take P2, but that’s racing and today luck was on our side.

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