Mercedes driver, Lewis Hamilton has won the British Grand Prix at Silverstone to reduce the gap on Ferrari’s driver, Sebastian Vettel on Sunday.
Hamilton who describe the Sunday race as a must win game won the race beating his teammate and Austrian Grand Prix winner, Valterri Bottas who finished second.
Sebastian Vettel who is on top of the championship finished seventh after he suffered a front-left tyre failure when running third with two laps to go. His Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen finished third.
The win at Silverstone means Lewis Hamilton has equalled the tally of Jim Clark from Scotland and Alain Prost from France in his 57th career victory and what an easy way it was to make history. He has also cut the deficit between him and Vettel to just one point in the championship.
“The support has been incredible this weekend,” Hamilton said. “I am so proud I could do this for you all”.
“Now the plan is to win the championship”, he added.
The fans at Silverstone were all in joyous mood for Hamilton applauding him after the race. He was mobbed by the teeming fans and what a way to win a historical race.
What they said
Winner Lewis Hamilton: “It’s never easy. The team were faultless all weekend. Valtteri had an incredible drive to go from ninth”.
“I am coming out to crowd surf over there later guys!”
Second placed Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas: “I’m really happy today, It was not an easy race to start from P9. The team did a perfect strategy and I just kept my head down. It’s a perfect weekend and well done to Lewis”.
Third placed Kimi Raikkonen: “Mercedes were just a bit faster today. And, unfortunately, unlucky situations seem to be following us at the moment.
“It’s an unfortunate situation with the tyre at the end but luckily the car stayed in one place. Not happy but we made the best of a bad situation.”
Next for the Formula 1 drivers is the Hungarian Grand Prix scheduled from 28th to 30th of July, 2017. That will be the final race before the F1 goes on a four-week summer break.
Hungary is a perfect place for Hamilton as he holds the record for most wins there in history (5) and can use that opportunity to lead outright in the championship for the first time this season.