Wolff: New Bottas deal 'almost a no-brainer'

Martes, 18 Jul, 2017

The fun didn't end there though as an understandably exhausted Ricciardo was a tad delusional in his post-race interview with Sky Sports' Natalie Pinkham.

For once in 2017, everything ran like clockwork for Lewis Hamilton.

Lewis Hamilton powered to a lights-to-flag victory at Silverstone to claim his fifth career British Grand Prix win and equal the record set by F1 legends Jim Clark and Alain Prost.

Villeneuve, who won the team's last world title in 1997, was barred by deputy team boss Claire Williams after labelling compatriot Lance Stroll 'one of the worst rookies in the history of Formula One'. Hamilton's lifestyle is one that is often called into question, but cannot be used against him if he delivers. "I'll leave it to you".

He also became the first man to reel off three successive poles at the British race since 1996 world champion Damon Hill.

Since all good things come in threes, the final surprise was the drivers themselves - and which one from Mercedes and Ferrari was setting the pace.

"Here at Silverstone, we started off immediately on the right foot and it's great that it's happened so soon - for the midpoint of the season". This completed the 1-2 for Mercedes, while Verstappen who had wisely stayed out of the drama pulled into fifth place behind Raikkonen.

Mercedes tried the strategy again at Silverstone, this time with the soft and supersoft, and the outcome was similar. Bottas struggled to make the adjustment form Q2 to Q3, and he could manage only fourth, which sent him down to ninth for the start.

The 51-lap race had a few exciting moments at the start including a safety car period. From scoring 30 points, they scored only 21, and of course Vettel took only six instead of 12, which meant the difference between 183 and 177 points overall.

He was then 9.5 seconds behind Hamilton, with some clear air ahead of him, but no immediate prospect of catching the Vettel/Verstappen battle.

"It felt ok, but the conditions were not easy, changing a lot", said Raikkonen.

Bottas moved up to third when Vettel pitted on lap 18, and Verstappen responded a lap later.

"Even without that (veering off the track), sure, I would have finished a long way up in terms of race time but I wouldn't have got close to the other guys (who finished on the podium)". He ran seven laps in second place, gradually falling away, before pitting on lap 32. My performance is second to none.

Vettel eventually came home in seventh as Hamilton trimmed the German's advantage at the top to just a single point. I can't remember the last British Grand Prix I missed but I'll be playing golf instead'. "That allowed me to then get Sebastian, and put pressure on Kimi".

"All bids are considered on a case-by-case basis, with our fans at the forefront of our minds in the decision-making process".