Hamilton revels in 'faultless' weekend
16 July 2017 – Lewis Hamilton revelled in victory at the British Grand Prix as he dominated proceedings to rack up a fifth home win, slicing his deficit in the title race to rival Sebastian Vettel.
Hamilton controlled proceedings at Silverstone to triumph for a fourth year on the bounce, leading home Valtteri Bottas in a Mercedes 1-2, as Vettel took only seventh after a penultimate lap puncture.
Hamilton now sits just one point behind Vettel in the championship standings at the midway point of the 20-race campaign and hailed his Mercedes squad.
"The team did an exceptional job this weekend," said Hamilton.
"The car felt great, [the team was] generally faultless, I'm so proud of everyone at the factory.
"Valtteri also did an exceptional job to come back from ninth, so it was a perfect weekend for us in the team.
"I was up front, got a good start, and after that I was able to manage the gap between myself and Kimi [Räikkönen],and just bit by bit extended it.
"We were planning on stopping on lap 19, or something, but I was able to extend it by quite a bit, and at the end I had a decent gap, so it was managing that 12- to 14-second gap I had to Kimi."
Hamilton said he backed off during the closing minutes after both Räikkönen and Vettel were hit by tyre failures, but had enough in hand to be assured of victory.
"I heard at the end there were some tyre blowouts," Hamilton commented.
"I had graining and some vibrations on mine, so on the last couple of laps I took it easy, as I knew that others were having trouble.
"When I crossed the line I could have kept going, we really had the legs this weekend, you saw the crowd…
"The support has been immense, I'm glad the rain held off... with the amount of flags, the amount of support, the energy was tremendous."
Mercedes has extended its lead over Ferrari to 55 points.