Sebastian Vettel wins British GP, Lewis Hamilton second at Silverstone

Hamilton says Austria failures brought Mercedes closer			Image by Steve Etherington  LAT

Having grabbed the lead at the start of race, two late Safety Car periods had left Vettel behind the Mercedes driver but with a tyre advantage.

There was no stopping the four-time champion as he seized the lead at the start of the race and fought back after losing the initiative during two safety vehicle periods to register his second win at Silverstone and the 51st of his career. Explaining the move immediately after the race, he said: "I was able to surprise him, I think he thought that I wouldn't dare [to go down] the inside and the braking zone was coming quite fast".

"I would struggle to be that precise in order to take someone out", he added.

Then when Sauber's Marcus Ericsson skidded off with 19 laps left, Hamilton was handed another lifeline with a safety vehicle.

Ferrari, winners with championship leader Sebastian Vettel, dismissed the suggestion and others also jumped to their defence.

Raikkonen continued behind both Red Bulls but was handed a 10-second penalty, which would negate his on-track pass of Daniel Ricciardo into Copse, while Hamilton resumed in 17th.

'To be honest before the race I was really very concerned about him.

"When something like that happens, there's going to be speculation but to me it just looked like a racing accident", he said.

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Both spun and rejoined, Hamilton after running off track.

An inspired drive saw Hamilton slowly work his way up the grid and finish the race behind eventual victor Vettel. Vettel pitted from the lead, but Bottas stayed out, to lead on lap 34, as did Hamilton.

That early crossover creates the potential for undercut strategies, whereby the driver behind pits earlier than the vehicle in front in the hope of setting quicker lap times than his rival when in clear air and on fresh rubber. "And in a ideal world, I would have had new tires - but it wasn't that kind of day for me", Hamilton said.

Raikkonen cleared Verstappen before the Dutchman retired with a long-standing brake-by-wire problem then blew past Bottas for third on the outside into Brooklands using DRS.

The safety auto was out again after Romain Grosjean and Carlos Sainz collided.

Haas drivers Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean will line up seventh and eighth with Monaco's Charles Leclerc ninth for Sauber and Force India's Esteban Ocon 10th.

"This is the greatest race of the year and the greatest crowd, I am sorry I could not bring it home for you today".

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