SILVERSTONE, England (Reuters) - Team by team analysis of Sunday’s British Formula One Grand Prix, listed in championship order:
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MERCEDES (Lewis Hamilton 1, Valtteri Bottas 2)
Hamilton led every lap from pole position and also set the fastest lap to complete his fifth career Grand Slam. It was his fourth win in a row at Silverstone and fifth in total at the circuit. He now has 57 wins and 67 poles, one short of Michael Schumacher’s all-time record. It was also his fourth win of the season and he is one point off Sebastian Vettel’s lead. Bottas went from ninth to second to complete the team’s second one-two of the year. It was the 70th Mercedes win in Formula One.
FERRARI (Kimi Raikkonen 3, Sebastian Vettel 7)
Both drivers endured late tyre drama and had to make pitstops, Vettel on the penultimate lap and Raikkonen earlier. The problem cost Vettel a place on the podium and saw Mercedes surge 55 points clear in the constructors’ standings. Vettel had smoking brakes at the start.
RED BULL (Max Verstappen 4, Daniel Ricciardo 5)
Ricciardo’s run of five successive podiums came to an end but he still excelled in racing from 19th at the start to fifth. Verstappen started fourth, passed Vettel at the start and duelled with the German. He pitted as a precaution after Vettel’s problem. It was his first finish since Monaco in May, ending a run of three retirements.
FORCE INDIA (Esteban Ocon 8, Sergio Perez 9)
Force India opened further distance between them and Williams with their eighth double points finish in 10 races. The pair raced each other for most of the afternoon. Perez made a poor start with Ocon getting ahead. Both drivers made one stop.
WILLIAMS (Felipe Massa 10, Lance Stroll 16)
Stroll suffered some bodywork damage to his car, which affected his race and degraded the rear tyres. Massa started 14th and was happy to get a point, although he could not pass the Force Indias.
TORO ROSSO (Daniil Kvyat 15, Carlos Sainz retired)
Kvyat and Sainz collided on the opening lap, putting the Spaniard out of the race and bringing out the safety car. Kvyat, who ran off track at Becketts and collected Sainz as he rejoined, damaged his car’s floor and picked up a drive-through penalty for the second race in a row. The Russian now has nine points on his licence.
HAAS (Kevin Magnussen 12, Romain Grosjean 13)
Both drivers did a one stop strategy. Grosjean had to make an unscheduled pitstop on lap 43 after contact with Marcus Ericsson’s Sauber damaged the right rear tyre. Magnussen had contact with a Toro Rosso at the start.
RENAULT (Nico Hulkenberg 6, Jolyon Palmer did not start)
Hulkenberg scored Renault’s first points since Canada, on the team’s 40th anniversary weekend. The German started fifth. Palmer’s car lost hydraulic pressure on the formation lap.
SAUBER (Marcus Ericsson 14, Pascal Wehrlein 17)
Wehrlein made three stops, changing to medium tyres when the safety car came out. He then changed to softs a lap later. They then lost grip and he had to change to supersofts.
MCLAREN (Stoffel Vandoorne 11, Fernando Alonso retired)
Vandoorne came close to taking his first point of the campaign, after running as high as seventh. A delayed pitstop let Massa get ahead after they came out side-by-side. Alonso started last, with a 30-place grid drop, and retired on lap 35 with a fuel pressure problem.
Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Ken Ferris