Lewis Hamilton turned his stunning pole at the 2017 British Grand Prix in to a dominant win, and is now just one point behind Vettel as the German finished seventh.
In an impressive one-two for Mercedes Bottas, who started ninth, managed to take second place as Ferrari’s Kimmi Raikkonen suffered a puncture in the closing laps, and Vettel suffered the same fate and ended up finish seventh. which leaves Hamilton just a point behind the German at the halfway point of the F1 season.
Hamilton led the whole race, but from the start Verstappen managed to get the jump on Vettel for fourth, after which, on lap two, Kvyat and Sainz had a coming together leading to Sainz’s retirement and a safety car.
There was a battle between Vettel and Verstappen which, after a bit of bumper cars, saw Vettel take Verstappen in the pits on lap 20.
By lap 25 Hamilton made his only stop, but behind him things were getting lively with Bottas taking Vettel and Raikkonen in the closing laps to secure second, with Raikkonen third and Verstappen fourth. Verstappen’s team mate, Daniel Ricciardo, managed to go from the back of the grid to fifth.
The rest of the top ten was made up of Hulkenberg in sixth, Vettel in seventh, Ocon in eighth, Perez in ninth and Maasa in 10th.
Vandoorne managed to convert his ninth place start in to an 11th place finish for McLaren, but Fernando Alonso didn’t finish the race.
It was Hamilton’s day, and deservedly so – but perhaps the most impressive result was Daniel Ricciardo’s drive from the back of the grid for a fifth place. Red Bull could be a real threat yet for Mercedes and Ferrari in 2017.