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Hamilton wins fourth straight British GP

Hamilton wins fourth straight British GP

Kimi Raikkonen completed the podium on a miserable afternoon for Ferrari. Vettel made the move, Verstappen defended.

On Thursday, Hamilton arrived as a man under pressure.

"Unfortunately Seb had, a lap later, the same thing so not happy but better than nothing".

The team only missed winning last month's Azerbaijan Grand Prix because Hamilton's head-rest worked loose when he appeared certain to triumph, but such a strong run has yet to convince Wolff of his team's current supremacy.

And so indeed was his team.

Ferrari's weekend never took off. They always looked slower than Mercedes and only a grid penalty for Bottas for changing a gearbox denied the Silver Arrows a potential front row lockout.

There was late drama as Raikkonen and Vettel suffered front left tyre problems with three and two laps to go respectively, when running second and fourth.

He was the faster driver at the Scuderia. Unfortunately, the rewards didn't come through with the final result.

"It could have happened tomorrow and now we can put some news bits on the car". Raikkonen's tyre failure on lap 49 forced him into the pits and cost him second spot. All of them had encountered blistering at times during the race.

Max Verstappen was fifth fastest, with Renault driver Nico Hulkenberg sixth to earn his best starting position of the 2017 season.

Vettel's championship lead is now looking very shaky.

One factor, however, which could stop Hamilton from claiming the 67th pole position of his career could be the weather.

While Hamilton had another memorable day with the home faithful, spare a thought for Jolyon Palmer. After a weekend where he showed more consistent speed, it all went wrong before the race even started.

Unlike Hamilton in Austria, he was able to get part of the job done on the first lap, quickly jumping past Sergio Perez and Stoffel Vandoorne to claim seventh. "I'll leave it to you".

"Then from an engine safety mode point of view, everything switches off". Next goal for me is more hardware in the trophy case.

"I think it was something to do with the turbo, that was the first noise I heard which didn't sound healthy", he said.

Nigel Mansell is a noticeable absentee from the paddock this year.

'It is a surprise, ' said Mansell.

But Sean Bratches, F1 managing director for commercial operations, is confident that the race has a long-term future at the Northamptonshire circuit. Surprised by the wording.

The BRDC insisted they had no choice or face the possibility of bankruptcy. "It could also be a puncture, we don't know".

The fans love the British Grand Prix, love Silverstone and love Lewis Hamilton.