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Hamilton wins record-equaling fifth British GP on nightmare day for Ferrari

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Triple-time world champion, Lewis Hamilton equaled Jim Clark and Alain Prost’s shared record of five British Grand Prix victory to close the gap on Sebastian Vettel at the top of the F1 leaderboard.

The Brit becomes the first driver to win four consecutive British Grand Prix’s since fellow Brit Clark achieved the feat between 1962 and 1965.

“Great drive by Valtteri,” Hamilton said over the team radio after claiming victory. “Fantastic job, all weekend.”

Ferrari duo Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen suffer punctures on final lap. Vettel was fourth at the time but was passed by Max Verstappen, Daniel Ricciardo – who started P19, and Nico Hulkenberg.

Force India duo Esteban Ocon, Sergio Perez and Williams’ Felipe Massa completed the top ten.

Lewis Hamilton talking to Owen Wilson and Jenson Button during the podium interview:

“It’s never easy. That’s a feeling I can’t really describe. it feels amazing to be up here. I’m so proud to see these great flags everywhere. The support this weekend has been immense. I’m really proud I could do this for you all.

“The team were faultless this weekend, Valtteri did an incredible job as well so it’s the perfect weekend for us.

“There’s a long, long way to go [in the championship].”

A late puncture for Kimi Raikkonen says: “I think more or less we got the most out of the race. They were just a bit faster today. I was struggling a bit at some points and unfortunately the unlucky situations keep following us.

“The front left exploded but luckily I could get back to the pits quite fast and the car was in one piece.”

Valtteri Bottas – “It was definitely not easy to start from P9 but the team did an absolutely perfect strategy,”

“I kept my head down, kept going, and in the end the puncture with Kimi was a bit lucky for us.”

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