Lewis Hamilton: The 32-year-old triumphed on home soil
Lewis Hamilton slashed the deficit to Sebastian Vettel at the summit of the Formula One championship after a crushing performance at Silverstone to win the British Grand Prix for a record-equalling fifth time.
Hamilton led every lap to the delight of his home crowd as he moved to within just one point of Vettel in the title race after the Ferrari driver suffered a puncture on the penultimate lap to finish in seventh.
His Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen was poised to finish second but he also suffered a puncture in the closing moments to promote Valtteri Bottas one spot as Mercedes completed a remarkable one-two finish.
Bottas started ninth but stormed back through the field, including a pass on Vettel with eight laps remaining to the delight of the partisan crowd.
Englishman has now won the event five times to join Frenchman Alain Prost and Britain’s two-time champion Jim Clark as the masters of the British Grand Prix.
He said: “It is never easy.
“The feeling I can’t describe. It is amazing to be out here and I am so proud to see all these flags everywhere.
“The support has been immense and I am really proud that I could do this for you all. The team has been faultless. Valtteri has done an exceptional job as well, so it has been the perfect weekend for us.”
Asked by podium interviewer and Hollywood actor Owen Wilson if he was going to win the championship, he replied: “That’s the plan, but there is a long way to go.”
A jubilant Hamilton, pointing at the fans, added: “You guys, I am coming over there to crowd surf. Just so you know. I am going to change. Be ready for me.”
Source : TalkSport