Sport How Hamilton 'owned' Silverstone

17:41  17 july  2017
17:41  17 july  2017 Source:   Sky Sports

Hamilton 'takes heart' from damage limitation in Austria

  Hamilton 'takes heart' from damage limitation in Austria Lewis Hamilton has ‘taken heart’ away from the Austrian Grand Prix after a damage limitation drive to finish in fourth place. Having started in eighth place after taking a five-place grid drop for changing his gearbox out of sequence, the Briton managed to claw his way through the traffic to limit the damage title rival Sebastian Vettel inflicted by finishing in second place. In the dying laps of the race the Mercedes driver piled on the pressure towards Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, however, he does feel he may have given the Australian too much room to breathe in their battle at the end of the race. Hamilton said: “It’s been a difficult weekend, but I can take heart that I limited the damage to Sebastian in the points and that I went forward through the field. The car was great today, I could push the entire race on the tyres and I gave it absolutely everything out there. “I really don’t think there was much left in the car at the end of the race, but I was probably a bit too kind in my fight with Daniel – and left him too much space. I won’t do that again” The three-time world champion did congratulate his team-mate Valtteri Bottas on the victory in Austria, Hamilton now believes Bottas can be a credible title threat as the Finn continues to close in on himself and Vettel.

Silverstone supremo Lewis Hamilton feels the love. It's stupid when people say, ' how can she leave her baby and go to gym?' If that were literally the case, rather than the historic track being owned by the British Racing Drivers’ Club, there would be no uncertainty about Silverstone ’s future on the

How Hamilton ' owned ' Silverstone . Vettel has led the standings since winning 2017's opening race in Australia but Mercedes have now won three of the last four grands prix, with the reigning champions pulling away from Ferrari in the Constructors' Championship.

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Silverstone owners set to make announcement on future of British Grand Prix

  Silverstone owners set to make announcement on future of British Grand Prix The long-term future of the British Grand Prix will be left hanging precariously in the balance on Tuesday with Silverstone's owners poised to announce that they have activated a break-out clause to cease Formula One racing after 2019.British Racing Drivers' Club chairman John Grant was due to host a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, in which he will deliver what has been billed as a "significant announcement" regarding the circuit's future.

LONDON, July 12 (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton will head to Silverstone for this weekend's British Grand Prix with the circuit as much in the headlines as the home hero. Both have said "no" to Formula One at the start of a big week in Britain

The triple Formula One champion owns Silverstone like tennis maestro Roger Federer, triumphant a Just as Italy's Monza is a temple to all things Ferrari, Silverstone -- so often wet, windswept and cold -- is where Hamilton 's army of fervent flag-waving fans assembles every year for a mutual love-in.

"Because I own it."

It was a reply made by Lewis Hamilton when asked in his Sunday night media briefing to explain why he is so formidable at Silverstone with plenty of laughter.

But own it he did and for Ferrari, a distant second best for the first time in 2017, Mercedes and Hamilton's superiority this weekend at the British GP was no laughing matter.

Hamilton had, as he later reflected, enjoyed "the perfect weekend" as he cut the gap to Sebastian Vettel from 20 points to just one.

Dominant in qualifying, the home favourite remained in total control on race day, breezing to victory with such ease that he was able to spend much of the race watching the battles elsewhere on the big screens dotted around Silverstone.

Bottas set for five-place grid penalty due to gearbox change

  Bottas set for five-place grid penalty due to gearbox change Valtteri Bottas is set to take a five-place grid penalty for changing his gearbox ahead of Sunday’s British Grand Prix. Bottas topped both of Friday’s practice sessions at Silverstone, narrowly beating Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in each session by less than a tenth of a second. The Finnish ace will suffer the same fate as Hamilton in Austria, after failing to meet the minimum amount of races before making a gearbox change. Mercedes changed Bottas’ gearbox following the Spanish Grand Prix and shouldn’t have changed it before the Belgian GP. However, Bottas’ gearbox was damaged in a similar way to Hamilton’s after Baku, which will mean he will start no higher than sixth in Sunday’s race. The 27-year-old won his second race of the season in Austria, closing the gap to his team-mate in the drivers’ championship to 15 points.

REUTERS. Four in a row for Hamilton as blowout hits Vettel. Lewis Hamilton felt the love of his fans on Sunday and had a simple answer to why he is so strong at his home British Grand Prix circuit. "Because I own it," the triumphant Mercedes driver said with a smile.

Hospital ‘missing’ snub due to deliberate indifference. Silverstone supremo Hamilton feels the love. If that were literally the case, rather than the historic track being owned by the British Racing Drivers’ Club, there would be no uncertainty about Silverstone ’s But how about telling us where these 20

The picture he saw must have been hugely encouraging - and uncomfortable viewing for Ferrari.

Having been evenly matched hitherto this season, it wasn't just momentum which shifted from Ferrari to Mercedes at Silverstone but perhaps the balance of power as well.

Mercedes' big step forward Mercedes have held a clear advantage over Ferrari in qualifying all season. Between them, Hamilton and Bottas have claimed eight poles in 2017 compared to just two for Raikkonen and Vettel.

But on Saturday Hamilton claimed pole by 0.547 seconds, the biggest margin of the year.

More significantly, clear daylight emerged also appeared between Mercedes and Ferrari on race day for the first time too.

Hamilton's fastest lap, set on lap 48, was a 1:30.621. Ferrari's, set on lap 44, was a 1:31.517.

But it was the consistency of Mercedes' advantage which will have alarmed the Scuderia's pitwall the most.

Lewis Hamilton takes pole for F1 British GP for 5th time

  Lewis Hamilton takes pole for F1 British GP for 5th time Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton took pole position for the fifth time at the British Grand Prix on Saturday, ahead of Ferrari rivals Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel in rainy conditions. Hamilton sped around Silverstone in 1 minute, 26.6 seconds in front of his home fans.They cheered the three-time Formula One world champion at the end of a week when he faced criticism for being the only driver to snub a promotional event in London."I feel amazing, especially with a great crowd like this around the track," Hamilton said. "These typical English conditions are what we grew up racing in. I'm comfortable in it.

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Silverstone supremo Hamilton feels the love. by alan baldwin. If that were literally the case, rather than the historic track being owned by the British Racing Drivers' Club, there would be no uncertainty about Silverstone 's future on the calendar after 2019.

In the critical period of the race, occurring either side of the pit-stops, the lead Ferrari of Raikkonen, running in clear air, had no answer as Hamilton suddenly upped his pace to streak ten seconds clear.

"Our qualifying pace is looking really strong and our race pace was a lot higher than Ferrari's for the first time this season," said Hamilton.

British GP: Driver ratings (Read Sport)

Driver Ratings: 2017 British Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton dominated on home turf this weekend as his victory at the Silverstone Circuit meant he matched Jim Clarke’s record of five victories at the British Grand Prix. Valterri Bottas crossed the line in second place to complete a solid Mercedes 1 – 2, despite starting from ninth on the grid after incurring a five-place grid penalty for a gear box change. The strong performance from Mercedes means that they are now 55 points ahead of Ferrari in the Constructors’ Championship. Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen completed the podium. The Finn would have crossed the line in 2nd if it wasn’t for one of his tyres collapsing at the death. Both Red Bull’s drove solid races as Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo crossed the line in fourth and fifth respectively and Nico Hulkenberg equalled his best finish of the season in 6th. A tyre failure for Sebastian Vettel on the penultimate lap also meant that the four-time world champion could only finish seventh and is now just one point ahead of Hamilton in the Drivers’ Championship. Esteban Ocon, Sergio Perez and Felipe Massa rounded out the top 10. Here’s the ratings from the race. Driver Ratings: 2017 British Grand Prix

It was an ominous conclusion difficult to dispute.

Can Ferrari respond in Hungary?What must also worry Ferrari is that Silverstone wasn't a blip but part of a larger trend: the Scuderia's last win is already five races old and the team have won just one of the last seven events.

An engine upgrade for Britain produced no discernible competitive improvement as Mercedes topped every session. Qualifying has been Ferrari's weakness since the start of the year - Vettel has only claimed one pole in 2017. But that weakness was counter-balanced by general race superiority.

The significance of Silverstone, however, was that in both qualifying and the race Mercedes held a clear advantage.

Vettel: gap to Hamilton was too strong

  Vettel: gap to Hamilton was too strong Sebastian Vettel conceded title rival Lewis Hamilton’s pace in qualifying for this weekend’s British Grand Prix was simply too strong to match. Hamilton clinched a fifth pole position at Silverstone with a laptime more than half a second clear than anyone else, while Vettel was forced to settle for third behind team-mate Kimi Raikkonen. Although the four-time champion came within a tenth of Hamilton initial Q3 effort, he ended up seven tenths slower on his final run. Asked after the session if he felt he had any chance of beating Hamilton to pole, Vettel said: “No. I think the time he put in at the end was very strong. “The one he put in before we were able to beat, the gap at the end was a bit bigger. I think he owned the pole position today.” Vettel was frustrated once the session concluded after he felt he was compromised in traffic on his final lap. Nevertheless, the German remains upbeat he can challenge for victory, hailing the teams turnaround from an off the pace Friday. “Most important is that the car is good, we improved it today and tomorrow should be better. “We have always been closer on Sundays, so sitting here, having expectations, the answer [to whether Ferrari expects to be closer] is always yes, but we’ll see tomorrow.

Hamilton romps to Silverstone win, Vettel seventh. 14hLaurence Edmondson. Vettel: Hamilton ' owned ' British GP pole position. 15hLewis Larkam. Hamilton : Home crowd spurred me on to pole. 17hConnor McDonagh.

The British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC) -- who own Silverstone -- have announced they are triggering a break clause in the circuit's 17-year contract. Nearly 140,000 spectators watched Britain's triple world champion Lewis Hamilton claim his third consecutive win at Silverstone in 2016.

"At the beginning of the year Ferrari had a big upper hand on Sundays, they were really quick," said Bottas. "But in Austria we were very quick in the race and here again we were quicker than Ferrari so we have definitely made progress."

From Ferrari's perspective, there will be concern but not panic. At least not yet. F1's next stop is Budapest where the Hungaroring's status as the circuit closest in type to Monaco, where Ferrari won and achieved their only one-two of the year to date, is both reassuring and pressure-inducing.

"We need to be aware Mercedes are very quick and there are a couple of advantages that we need to work on. Then it could be a different picture," said Vettel before leaving Silverstone.

With Hamilton confirming his car hadn't been boosted by any upgrades, there was no secret to Mercedes' Silverstone success other than an improved understanding of their car's optimal set-up.

Hamilton in particular struggled to find the sweetspot of the W08 in both Sochi and Monaco. Hungary will be a test of just how much Mercedes' lead driver has learnt about their 2017 'diva' since the start of the year.

"The car has been tricky to get used to and some of the weekends where we started on the wrong foot we still didn't get the car in the perfect window whereas Ferrari nailed the head from the beginning," said Hamilton. "But with a lot of work and a lot of analysis we have really been able to move forward, particularly in the last two races."

Qualifying next Saturday will be critical. It may even be the most important session of the year so far.

"It's true that in the last couple of races Mercedes have been a bit stronger but the real game changer is qualifying," said Vettel. "They are able to turn up the engine and gain between three and six tenths on the straights. That's something we can't do.

"If you have the cars in front for the first lap, the race looks different. We know where to [focus] but it's not easy.

"We have a strong car, especially on Sundays. We need to make sure we step up on Saturdays and then Sundays look different."

Hamilton is Hungary specialist - he has previously won there five times. If he claims a sixth next Sunday he will sign off for the summer break as the world championship leader and overwhelming favourite to claim a fourth title.

Hamilton takes fourth consecutive British Grand Prix win .
Lewis Hamilton cruised to a fourth consecutive British Grand Prix victory at Silverstone ahead of team-mate Valtteri Bottas as both Ferraris hit tyre trouble in the dying stages. Hamilton enjoyed the perfect getaway from pole position after an aborted start following Jolyon Palmer’s stoppage on the formation lap, with Max Verstappen passing Sebastian Vettel for third. An early safety car period followed after a clumsy collision between the two Toro Rosso team-mates of Carlos Sainz and Daniil Kvyat at Becketts. Sainz was forced to retire, with Kvyat handed a drive-through penalty. Hamilton proceeded to pull away from Kimi Raikkonen at the restart, while Vettel and Verstappen engaged in a monumental battle as the Dutchman defended fiercely from the Ferrari. Vettel then pitted on Lap 19 and executed the undercut to perfection, emerging ahead when the Red Bull driver stopped on the following lap. The leaders then followed suit, while the soft-shod Valtteri Bottas stayed out before switching to the faster supersofts for his final stint on as he continued his impressive fightback. Daniel Ricciardo, who had started from the back, promoted himself into the points places by overtaking both the Force India drivers on fresh rubber. At the front of the field, Bottas had closed in on Vettel, who offered only a brief defence before the Mercedes driver swept past. Bottas was then elevated to second as what seemed to be a puncture forced Raikkonen to pit.

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