Sebastian Vettel edges Lewis Hamilton to win British Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel edges Lewis Hamilton to win British Grand Prix

Hamilton was spun round at the first corner by Vettel's Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, but turned in a masterful display and took advantage of two safety vehicle periods to finish behind Vettel.

Vettel had already assumed the lead after jumping Hamilton off the line and built a commanding lead in the first part of the opening stint, opening up a six-second gap over Bottas.

Vettel strengthens his stranglehold on the championship and will head to his home race in Germany in a fortnight's time with an eight-point lead.

Bottas pit a lap later and Mercedes got Hamilton to release him with a cleanly-orchestrated position-swap at Brooklands the following lap, and the Finn started to nibble further into Vettel's lead.

Hamilton ended up 17th while Raikkonen received a penalty, but high-speed crashes and Safety Car appearances ensured both still had a chance of victory.

Behind, Hamilton moved up to third as Max Verstappen and Raikkonen pit, with Ricciardo staying in sixth as the safety auto was called just after he had made a second stop and handed track position to Raikkonen.

'To be honest before the race I was really very concerned about him. "Unfortunate, because Le Castellet was the first time we got taken out and now it is the second time we got taken out".

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Both spun and rejoined, Hamilton after running off track. "Just believe me, I will not give up, I will not give up", Hamilton said. Verstappen and Raikkonen were third and fourth with Ricciardo fifth.

"There is no way I can compete with new tyres", he said.

He fell to 16th but recovered to second, ahead of Raikkonen who completed the podium.

Once released, the safety vehicle barely had time to wind its windows back up before it was required again, Carlos Sainz and Romain Grosjean squeezing eachother and ending up in the gravel at Turn 1.

Lauda, who won two of his three championships with Ferrari, said: "The accident was unfair basically because it's the second time a Ferrari hits us in the first corner and it's not amusing, but that's the way it is". Frenchman Esteban Ocon finished seventh for Force India, who are now level on points with McLaren and ahead on podiums.

"It's home base for Mercedes, Red Bull, Williams so you have to be quite strong at Silverstone".

"This is the greatest race of the year and this is the greatest crowd, and I am sorry that I want able to bring it home for you today but thank you so much for all your support", the Brit continued.

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