Hamil­ton cuts Vet­tel’s lead to one point with GB win

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SIL­VER­STONE — Lewis Hamil­ton won his home Bri­tish Grand Prix for the fourth year in a row yes­ter­day while a penul­ti­mate­lap punc­ture slashed Se­bas­tian Vet­tel’s cham­pi­onship lead to a sin­gle point.

The Bri­ton’s drive from pole to flag on an over­cast af­ter­noon was lonely, un­event­ful and dom­i­nant — in com­plete con­trast to his Fer­rari ri­val’s af­ter­noon.

Mercedes team­mate Valt­teri Bot­tas fin­ish­ing 14 sec­onds be­hind to se­cure the one­two.

“The sup­port has been in­cred­i­ble this week­end. I am so proud I could do this for you all,” said Hamil­ton, who threw him­self into the fans for some “crowd surf­ing” af­ter the podium cel­e­bra­tions.

“The team were fault­less this week­end, Valt­teri did an in­cred­i­ble job as well so it has been the per­fect week­end for us.”

Far be­hind in his wake, as Hamil­ton cruised to a 57th ca­reer win and soaked up the ap­plause from an army of flag­wav­ing fans, came sud­den drama.

Vet­tel, who had bat­tled on worn tyres but looked like se­cur­ing the fi­nal podium po­si­tion un­til the blowout, fin­ished sev­enth af­ter an emer­gency pit stop with a shower of sparks from the wheel rim.

“There was no sign of that hap­pen­ing,” said Vet­tel over the team ra­dio.

“There were vi­bra­tions but I had it for 20 laps and it didn’t get mas­sively worse. The tyres didn’t look great but they never look great.”

The Ger­man’s Fin­nish team­mate Kimi Raikko­nen, who had been sec­ond be­fore also be­ing hit with a late punc­ture that sent Bot­tas and Vet­tel ahead of him, took third.

At the half­way stage of the 20­race sea­son, Vet­tel has 177 points to Hamil­ton’s 176 with Bot­tas on 154.

— Reuters.

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