Lewis Hamilton And Mercedes Say British GP Win Answers His Critics

Silverstone: Lewis Hamilton stormed to a provisional fifth Silverstone pole of his career after a dazzling performance during a rain-affected qualifying session on Saturday for the British Grand Prix.

As the race restarted, Raikkonen was unable to keep up with Hamilton's Mercedes, but Vettel was pressuring Verstappen.

Finn Bottas, who topped both First and Second Practice for Mercedes at Silverstone on Friday was handed the penalty after the team were left with no choice but to replace the unit which had done four of the six races it was supposed to.

Bottas has proved an ideal replacement for retired 2016 world champion Nico Rosberg since he joined in January on a one-year deal and Hamilton, out of contract at the end of 2018, has emphasised how well they get on.

Vettel eventually finished the race seventh, which meant that his lead in the championship has been cut down to one single point.

Unfortunately for them, they'll have to attempt to do so at Lewis Hamilton's home race when drivers take part in the British Grand Prix.

Verstappen inherited the place, also coming in for a precautionary late second stop, followed by teammate Daniel Ricciardo, who moved up 14 places after starting on the back row to finish fifth.

In the short span of a lap, Hamilton did his best to pull away from the pack but it would all come undone on a few moments later.

"I heard at the end that there were some tyre blowouts", said the Englishman.

As Mercedes continues to separate itself atop the 2017 Constructor Standings, Ferrari will look to turn things around this weekend. Vettel did get third after Verstappen went in the pits for new set of tires.

"I hope you liked the lap", Hamilton told the grandstands full of cheering fans.

Vettel said: 'Hindsight is great, with hindsight it is easy, but at the time it felt OK. The two Force Indias of Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez cross the line in eighth and ninth respectively and taking the final points scoring position is Felipe Massa in tenth.

Hamilton's Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas, victor in Austria, was fourth fastest but has a five-place penalty following a gearbox change.

"I've been really happy with how I've been putting my Sundays together for the last handful of races". The team did a ideal strategy and I just kept my head down.

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