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The 2017 British Grand Prix (formally known as the 2017 Formula 1 Rolex British Grand Prix) was a Formula One motor race that took place on 16 July 2017 at the Silverstone Circuit in Silverstone, United Kingdom. This race was the seventy-second running of the British Grand Prix—the first having been held in 1926—and the tenth round of the 2017 Formula One season. The race marked the fifty-second time that the race has been held at the Silverstone Circuit since the Formula One series inception in 1950.
Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel entered the round with a twenty-point lead over Mercedes's Lewis Hamilton in the Drivers' Championship. Mercedes led Ferrari by thirty-three points in the Constructors' Championship.
The race was dominantly won by Lewis Hamilton, who achieved a grand slam, starting from pole position, leading every lap of the race, setting fastest lap, and finally winning with a 14-second lead over Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas. With his fifth British Grand Prix win he equalled the records of Alain Prost and Jim Clark, who won the race five times each. In contrast, his championship rival Sebastian Vettel suffered a tyre failure with two laps to go, subsequently only finishing seventh. As a result his lead over Hamilton in the Drivers' standings was cut down to one point. Kimi Raikonnen, Vettel's teammate, suffered the same problem while in second position and lost his place to Bottas, however he still managed to finish third.
In the formation lap Jolyon Palmer suffered a hydraulic failure and retired from the race. Another formation lap was held and thus the grand prix was shortened to 51 laps instead of the scheduled 52 laps.
At the start, Hamilton easily pulled away opening a 1.6 seconds gap to Raikonnen after just one lap. Sebastian Vettel, starting from third, was overtaken by Max Verstappen. Valtteri Bottas started his slow run towards what would become a second place, overtaking both McLaren Honda driver Stoffel Vandoorne and Sergio Perez in a Force India, who started from eight and sixth respectively. A crash of the Toro Rosso drivers Carlos Sainz Jr. and Daniil Kvyat, caused by Kvyat, brought out the safety car on lap 2, with Sainz retiring while Kvyat continued but finished the race only fifteenth after receiving a drive-through penalty.
At the restart, once again Hamilton pulled away and, in the following laps, opened a gap towards second placed Kimi Raikonnen which allowed him to cruise to victory. Meanwhile Bottas continued his charge and got up to fifth place before lap 7, overtaking Esteban Ocon and Nico Hulkenberg. Vettel, after the restart, was stuck behind the Red Bull of Max Verstappen and the two banged wheels as Vettel tried to overtake. Verstappen stayed in third but Vettel eventually got out in front of him after he pitted on lap 18, one lap earlier than Verstappen.
Bottas, who was the only one of the top ten who started on the slower but more durable soft tyres instead of the supersofts, stayed out until lap 32 and then pitted for supersofts. As he set fastest lap he soon caught up to Vettel and overtook him on lap 44, moving up into third. Meanwhile, Daniel Ricciardo, who started from 19th on the grid, also moved up, overtaking, among others, Fernando Alonso, Sergio Perez and Kevin Magnussen. He eventually finished fifth.
In the final laps, even though Bottas caught up on second-placed Raikonnen, the results seemed relatively settled, but on lap 49 of 51 at first Kimi Raikonnen suffered a puncture on his left front tyre, followed by his team mate Sebastian Vettel who suffered the same fate one lap later. Both needed to stop, but while Raikonnen only lost second place to Bottas and still managed to finish third, Vettel needed to complete nearly one full lap with a blown tire until he reached the pits. He lost a massive amount of time which, along with the extra pit stop, dropped him down to seventh place. As a result of the race, Hamilton narrowed the gap to Vettel in the Drivers' Championship to just one point, while Mercedes expanded their lead in the Constructors' Championship to 55 points over Ferrari.
The result also marked Hamilton's fifth career grand slam. Additionally, Hamilton equalled the record for most British Grand Prix wins held jointly by Alain Prost and Jim Clark. Result List
1 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 51 1:21:27.430 1 25
2 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 51 +14.063 9 18
3 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 51 +36.570 2 15
4 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 51 +52.125 4 12
5 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 51 +1:05.955 19 10
6 27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg Renault 51 +1:08.109 5 8
7 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 51 +1:33.989 3 6
8 31 France Esteban Ocon Force India-Mercedes 50 +1 lap 7 4
9 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Force India-Mercedes 50 +1 lap 6 2
10 19 Brazil Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 50 +1 lap 14 1
11 2 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren-Honda 50 +1 lap 8
12 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 50 +1 lap 16
13 8 France Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 50 +1 lap 10
14 9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 50 +1 lap 18
15 26 Russia Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 50 +1 lap 12
16 18 Canada Lance Stroll Williams-Mercedes 50 +1 lap 15
17 94 Germany Pascal Wehrlein Sauber-Ferrari 50 +1 lap 17
Ret 14 Spain Fernando Alonso McLaren-Honda 32 Fuel pump 20
Ret 55 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso 0 Collision 13
DNS 30 United Kingdom Jolyon Palmer Renault 0 Hydraulics —1 FanartBannerPotential Filenames
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