Lewis Hamilon (Mercedes) took pole, tying him with Jimmy Clark for most all-time (5) at Silverstone and moving him to within one of Michael Schumacher for the all-time F1 lead. The Ferraris of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel followed. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) lined up fourth following a five grid-spot penalty for Vatteri Bottas (Mercedes),
Vettel’s left-front brakes were smoking on the grid. Verstappen passed Vettel through the first few corners. Daniil Kyvat took his Toro Rosso teammate Carlos Sainz Jr. out a few turns later, bringing out the safety car.
Racing resumed to start Lap 5. Kyvat was given a drive-through penalty. Hamilton led Raikkonen by 3.9 sec during Lap 17 (of 51). Rain began to be reported during Lap 19, Vettel diving for the pits. Verstappen followed one lap later. Vettel ran in front on track following a quicker stop. Both remained on slick tires.
Hamilton was called in during Lap 25, one lap after Raikkonen. Bottas remained on track and Hamilton returned to competition in front of him. Bottas ran fourth after making his stop, Hamilton leading Raikkonen and Vettel. Hamilton’s Lap-36 lead was 13 sec.
Bottas nearly passed Vettel for third during Lap 43, Vettel locking up on worn tires in the defense and getting taken one lap later. Raikkonen lost his left front during Lap 49, Bottas moving into second and Vettel third. Vettel left the track with a front-left rupture one lap later. Raikkonen moved back into third. Vettel finished seventh.
The win was Hamilton’s fourth-straight in the British Grand Prix and fifth overall, tying him with Clark for the most ever. It also moved him to within 1 point of Vettel in the driver championship. Bottas finished second and Raikkonen third. Verstappen’s P4 moved him into sixth in the driver standings. Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) raced from P19 to finish fifth.
Driver standings (Top 10)
Sebastian Vettel (Germany), Ferrari – 177
Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain), Mercedes – 176
Valtteri Bottas (Finland), Mercedes – 154
Daniel Ricciardo (Australia), Red Bull-Renault - 117
Kimi Raikkonen (Finland), Ferrari – 98
Max Verstappen (Netherlands), Red Bull-Renault – 57
Sergio Perez (Mexico), Force India-Mercedes – 52
Esteban Ocon (France), Force India-Mercedes – 43
Carlos Sainz (Spain), Toro Rosso-Renault – 29
Nico Hulkenberg (Germany), Renault - 26
Mercedes (Hamilton, Bottas) – 330
Ferrari (Vettel, Raikkonen) – 275
Red Bull Racing (Verstappen, Ricciardo) – 174
Force India-Mercedes (Perez, Ocon) - 95
Williams-Mercedes (Massa, Lance Stroll) – 41
Toro Rosso-Renault (Sainz Jr., Daniil Kvyat) – 33
Haas-Ferrari (Kevin Magnussen, Romain Grosjean) – 29
Renault (Hulkenberg, Jolyon Palmer) – 26
Sauber-Ferrari (Marcus Ericsson, Pascal Wehrlein) – 5
McLaren-Honda (Fernando Alonso, Stoffel Vandoorne) – 2
Next event: Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest – July 28-30, 2017