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Lewis Hamilton is now just one point behind Formula 1 championship leader Sebastian Vettel after he stormed to a dominant victory at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

The Stevenage-born 32-year-old was untouchable in his Mercedes W08 at the front of the field, with chasing Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen falling back by more than 10secs for most of the race.

Raikkonen's teammate, Vettel, lost out to fast-charging Red Bull driver Max Verstappen at the start, essentially ending his chances of a challenge for the lead before the close of the first stint.

The German failed to pass 19-year-old Verstappen on track despite two almost successful attempts, but his team opted to bring him in for an early pit stop that eventually helped him claim third.

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While there was plenty of action further down the field, the front three looked to be set as the race entered its final stages. But then both Ferraris – Raikkonen first and then Vettel – suffered damage to their front left tyres.

Both were forced to pit for replacements, handing second place to Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas, who himself had mounted a strong charge through the field from his starting position in ninth. Raikkonen hung onto third, with Vettel falling back to seventh.

The result leaves the championship battle wide open as it enters the second half of the season.

Formula E: New York GP, New York City

Sam Bird became the first person to win a motor race held in New York City when he secured top spot in both rounds over the weekend.

The 30-year-old DS Virgin Racing driver took full advantage of the absence of championship leader Sébastien Buemi. The Frenchman missed both New York rounds to race in the World Endurance Championship for Ferrari.

Buemi still leads second-placed Lucas di Grassi by 10 points in the standings with two races left, both of which will take place in Canada on the weekend of 29-30 July.

World Endurance Championship: 6 Hours of Nürburgring

Porsche picked up where it left off at Le Mans with a one-two finish at the Nürburgring round of the World Endurance Championship, with Le Mans winners Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley and Earl Bamber taking the top spot.

The sister Porsche 919 Hybrid, driven by Andre Lotterer, Neel Jani and Nick Tandy, ran in close contention for most of the race, taking the lead on several occasions. Both Porsche's finished more than a minute ahead of rivals Toyota, with that team's leading TS050 Hybrid, driven by Mike Conway, Kamoui Kobayashi, Jose Maria Lopez, securing the final podium spot.

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17 July 2017
Man with fastest car wins a race shock....another man comes second in another fast car. Another man didn't get round the warm-up lap and some more crashed into each other. This is the pinnacle of motor sport and lots of money was spent. If you're a famous actor you can be anywhere that the poor sods standing by the fences can't. I thought F1 was supposed to be changing.......

17 July 2017

Firstly Ferrari cars are the fatest, this is demostated by the way both of them went quicker than the Mercedes of Bottas in qualifying. Vettel needs to learn to give-up at times, if he hadn't raced Bottas in the final few laps he mightn't had popped his tryes with 2 laps to go. 

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

17 July 2017
xxxx wrote:

Firstly Ferrari cars are the fatest, this is demostated by the way both of them went quicker than the Mercedes of Bottas in qualifying. Vettel needs to learn to give-up at times, if he hadn't raced Bottas in the final few laps he mightn't had popped his tryes with 2 laps to go. 

Ferrari are the fastest? Yet you conveniently leave out Hamilton who was quicker than anyone else? And do you really think Vettel is just going to hand over his position to Bottas? It's not in his nature as he is so fiercely competitive, which is a good thing. Are you a Hamilton hater which is another reason for you and I to disagree about something? I fear you are...

 

18 July 2017
AddyT wrote:

xxxx wrote:

Firstly Ferrari cars are the fatest, this is demostated by the way both of them went quicker than the Mercedes of Bottas in qualifying. Vettel needs to learn to give-up at times, if he hadn't raced Bottas in the final few laps he mightn't had popped his tryes with 2 laps to go. 

Ferrari are the fastest? Yet you conveniently leave out Hamilton who was quicker than anyone else? And do you really think Vettel is just going to hand over his position to Bottas? It's not in his nature as he is so fiercely competitive, which is a good thing. Are you a Hamilton hater which is another reason for you and I to disagree about something? I fear you are...

Hamilton Hater, are you mad. My post was in defence.. Thiink about someone says he was in the fatest car so I said that would mean Bottas would be his equal and quicker than the Ferrari's.

I fear your prejuiced against me is afecting your state of mind, go and stalk someone else please.

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

17 July 2017

Well, yes and no, the Redbulls performed well,the ferrari's befell the same Tyre problem (Pirelli.....finger points at you) and as per usual at Silverstone the winner was decided bar a mishap in the first five Laps.

Peter Cavellini.

17 July 2017

Brilliant win. Phenomenal pole lap.

@racinggreen - the race was interesting cos of the drama at the end, otherwise Kimi would've got a deserved 2nd place. F1 is F1, watch World Superbikes if you want a change

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