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Hamilton closes the championship gap to 1 point with Silverstone win // Last lap punctures spoil Ferrari's day

Published by Christine Blachford

Hamilton closes the championship gap to 1 point with Silverstone win
Credit: Pirelli S.p.A.
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Lewis Hamilton took a comfortable victory in front of the home crowd at Silverstone, and with Sebastian Vettel finishing seventh, he has closed the gap to the championship leader to just a single point. Vettel suffered a puncture on the penultimate lap which dropped him down a handful of positions, whilst Kimi Räikkönen also had a tyre failure one lap before that. Kimi managed to finish third, though, so still getting on the podium, with Bottas taking that crucial second position.

It’s also worth noting that Daniel Ricciardo finished fifth, just behind his teammate, and more importantly, 14 places higher than where he started.

Elsewhere, Daniil Kvyat crashed into his teammate on the first lap, knocking Sainz out of the race, picking up a drive through penalty and making himself distinctly unpopular within the team no doubt. There were several inter-team clashes on track, but Force India managed to get to the chequered flag with both drivers in the points once more.