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Hamilton reigns supreme as Ferrari suffer late puncture woe

Hamilton reigns supreme as Ferrari suffer late puncture woe

A dominant Lewis Hamilton enjoyed the perfect Sunday at Silverstone, claiming a record-equalling fifth British Grand Prix win to cut Sebastian Vettel's world championship lead to a solitary point as both Ferrari drivers suffered dramatic late punctures.

After qualifying on pole, Hamilton led from start to finish on home soil as he joined Jim Clark and Alain Prost as a five-time winner of the race.

And the Briton had even more reason to celebrate when Vettel picked up a puncture on the penultimate lap and dropped from third to seventh as a result.

Remarkably, Vettel's team-mate Kimi Raikkonen fell victim to the same fate a lap earlier, Ferrari's misery enabling Valtteri Bottas to complete a Mercedes one-two despite starting from ninth following a grid penalty.

Vettel was overtaken by Red Bull's Max Verstappen on an eventful opening lap that ended with the safety car being deployed following a collision between Toro Rosso drivers Daniel Kvyat and Carlos Sainz Jr.

As Hamilton pulled clear at the head of the field, Vettel remained stuck behind Verstappen until lap 20, when Ferrari successfully pulled off an under-cut in the pitstops.

Such an early stop would ultimately cost the four-time world champion, however, as Bottas charged past him, before his front-left tyre deflated in the final stages, meaning Verstappen took fourth and Red Bull colleague Daniel Ricciardo claimed fifth having cut through the field from the back of the grid.