Sebastian Vettel won the British Grand Prix with Ferrari on Sunday to deny Lewis Hamilton a fifth successive win in his home country and move away at the top of the Formula One championship by eight points.
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In a thrilling race that saw the safety car slip into the ring twice, the defending champions slipped from the lead to the last place, finishing second after a spectacular uprising.
The British driver appeared exhausted after his effort and was not satisfied with the collision with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, who had slipped to the last position.
Raikkonen finished the race in third place despite a penalty of ten seconds.
This is Vettel’s fourth win of the season and No. 51 in his career as Mercedes, who has been in control of the Silverstone circuit since the start of the six-cylinder engines in 2012, suffered his first defeat on the British circuit.
A Ferrari official, who seemed happy, said to Vettel through the circuit after crossing the finish line as the team celebrated his first win in Britain since 2011 “You are a lion.”
“I was worried before taking part in the race, but everything is fine,” said the German driver, who was suffering from neck pain on Saturday. “Maybe a little adrenaline is the reason for that enthusiasm.
“My neck held up and I enjoyed the race a lot and I think the fans enjoyed it.”
Hamilton’s mission began from the first lap and advanced to seventh after nine laps from the start, but was 26 seconds behind his four-time winner.
The crowd of 140,500 spectators took the safety car to the circuit on lap 33 out of 52 after the accident of Marcus Sauber driver Sauber warm greetings and that was all Hamilton needed to reduce the difference.
Vettel underwent a maintenance stop but Mercedes kept Hamilton on the track and assured him he was “the fastest by a big margin” and that tires would last until the end of the race.
Hamilton’s Valtteri Potas led to the lead at the time, and the safety car went off for the second time after a collision between Renault’s Carlos Sainz and German driver Grosman Grogan.
Vettel managed to overtake Botas five laps from the end and the tires of the Finnish driver and Hamilton did the same on the next lap to chase Vettel to the end as the German finished the race by 2.2 seconds.
“This is the greatest race of the year and you are the greatest crowd,” Hamilton told the crowd. I’m sorry because I could not win for you. Believe me, I did not give up.
“My team has done amazing work over the weekend and we have great support. The opposing team’s strategy was exciting but we will do everything to compete against it. “
Raikkonen admitted he had made a mistake against Hamilton.
“The brakes closed at the third turn so I hit Hamilton at the end of the terminal. He lost control of his car and I’m wrong. “
“I am wrong and deserve it. She was punished for ten seconds and continued to fight. “
Botas came in fourth, followed by Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull’s driver, and Nico Hulkenberg, Renault’s fifth and sixth respectively.
Frenchman Esteban Okon finished seventh in the race with Force India in front of eighth-seeded Fernando Alonso with McLaren and Kevin Magnussen of Haas.
Piero Gaselli, Toro Rosso’s driver, finished tenth but was punished by adding five seconds to his time after observers found he had caused a collision with Mexican Sergio Perez to take advantage of him and advance to the same position.
Because of this penalty, Perez advanced to 10th place to leave Force India sixth in the manufacturers’ championship, one point ahead of McLaren and two points behind Haas.
Monaco-born Charles Leclair was on his way to score with Sauber before the team forced him to stop and quit the race because the rear tire was not fixed in the car after a maintenance stop.
The 20-year-old Dutchman Max Verstappen, the winner in Austria last week, pulled out of the race because of brake problems when he was fifth.