Lewis Hamilton triumphs as Sebastian Vettel hit by late puncture

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Briton Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes snatched pole position in the third round of qualifying of the British Formula 1 Grand Prix at a wet Silverstone circuit here on Saturday. This is also his fourth straight win at Silverstone, so getting the record next year is something to watch out for.

Mercedes chief Toto Wolff said victor Hamilton had kept his team informed about his tyres' condition. His win also proved crucial for the championship as he is now just one point behind Sebastian Vettel after the current leader encountered tire problems on the last lap.

Hamilton crossed the line a dominant 14 seconds ahead of teammate Valtteri Bottas who put on a strong recovery drive from ninth on the grid, to complete a one-two for Mercedes.

That was how the order at the front remained until the pitstops, where Vettel was able to undercut Verstappen and move up to third, helped by a slower stop for the Dutchman.

Lewis Hamilton equalled Jim Clark and Alain Prost's shared record of five British Grand Prix wins to close the gap on Sebastian Vettel at the top of the F1 leaderboard.

Daniel Ricciardo, who also had a gearbox penalty hanging over him, stopped out on track during Q1, which ended his running and also brought out the red flags whilst his vehicle was recovered.

Hamilton still faced a nervous wait after race stewards announced they were investigating an incident involving French driver Romain Grosjean, who complained he had been blocked earlier in the session. Vettel, already enduring a hard afternoon, had been due to cross the line fourth until a punctured front left tyre two laps from the end forced the German to pit, dropping him down to seventh at the flag.

At the halfway stage of the season he leads Hamilton by just a single point with the next race the Hungarian Grand Prix on July 30.

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Wolff recognised that the Italian team was one every racer dreamed of driving for, but added that Hamilton had the fastest vehicle at present, while the dynamic in the team was "the best".

Nico Hulkenberg finished in 6th place ahead of Vettel while Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez took P8 and P9 for Force India. Ferraris have been exceptional this year, they've not really made any mistakes. "I'm really happy as with all that negativity that came into the weekend to be able to perform the way I have".



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