Sebastian Vettel wins British Grand Prix to extend the championship lead
It’s his fourth win of the season and 51st F1 victory in a career. Vettel returned to the top podium spot at Silverstone nine years after his win in the 2009 British Grand Prix. With this victory, he interrupted Hamilton’s streak of four consecutive wins at Silverstone.
After 52 laps, the driver of the #5 Ferrari SF71H shared the podium with Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) and Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari). Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) finished fourth, ahead of Dani Ricciardo (Red Bull).
The other point-scorers are Nico Hulkenberg (Renault), Esteban Ocon (Force India), Fernando Alonso (McLaren), Kevin Magnussen (Haas) and Pierre Gasly (Toro Rosso).
The crucial moments of the race were Vettel’s fantastic start from P2 and opening lap’s contact between Raikkonen and Hamilton, which resulted with Hamilton’s drop to the back of the field and Raikkonen’s 10-second penalty. However, Hamilton managed to annul the damage, with a help of two Safety Car periods. Vettel lost the lead to Bottas through the pit stops but fought back.
Silverstone’s victory extends Vettel’s lead in the championship to eight points over Lewis Hamilton (171:163). Kimi Raikkonen is third, with 116 points, ten more than Daniel Ricciardo.
Max Verstappen’s ‘zero’ today put him to the sixth place in the championship, behind Valtteri Bottas. In the Manufacturers’ standings, Ferrari leads Mercedes by twenty points (287:267).
The next race on the F1 Championship calendar is the German Grand Prix at Hockenheimring on July 22.