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British Grand Prix: All eyes are on Lewis Hamilton

15 July 2017

"You've got the championship which is the most important thing, but a very close second, if not tied, is the British Grand Prix". It marked the second grand prix in succession in which a Mercedes driver has been penalised for a gearbox change. He finished ahead of teammate Lewis Hamilton, who was able to make an alternate strategy work well to fight his way from eighth on the grid after a penalty to finish fourth, just behind Ricciardo. Hamilton was fastest on a 1:28.063, with Vettel setting the fastest first two sectors on his flying attempt before eventually falling just 0.032s short of Hamilton's time.

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Hamilton was bubbling with enthusiasm about his Mercedes' performance around the high-speed corners of Silverstone. Nico Rosberg had started this winning streak for the team Mercedes winning the race in 2013.

Hamilton has won the last three Grands Prix at Silverstone and is one behind the joint-best record alongside Alain Prost and Jim Clark, who won five in a row between 1962 and 1967.

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Vettel told Horner he was leaving Red Bull for Ferrari in 2014 in a move that stunned the sport. I turned it on a couple of times to receive messages, but other times I've tried to stay away from it.

Success has been elusive, however, with Ferrari failing to win a race in 2016 and Vettel making more headlines for angry radio outbursts.

Home favorite Hamilton entered the race weekend keen to end a patchy run of form that has seen him slip 20 points back of Sebastian Vettel in the drivers' championship, and the Briton sent out an emphatic warning shot with his qualifying display.

"You will have seen over the previous years how much I appreciate and respect that and try to give and enjoy the weekend with the fans and that doesn't change", said the 32-year-old who celebrated his win last year by jumping into the sea of fans gathered below the podium.

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Max Verstappen starts fifth for Ref Bull (Ricciardo suffered a turbo failure in Q1), and Renault's Nico Hulkenberg did a good job to put his vehicle in sixth.

Felipe Massa and Stoffel Vandoorne rounded out the top ten, with Fernando Alonso 11th as McLaren continued to look reasonably competitive.

Behind this quartet, Hulkenberg sprang suddenly up to fifth in a big boost for Renault on 1m 29.480s, leaving the Red Bulls of Ricciardo and Verstappen in sixth and seventh places on 1m 29.612s and 1m 29.904s respectively.

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