Lewis Hamilton dominates British GP as puncture costs Sebastian Vettel podium finish

Toto Wolff is trying to ensure Ferrari's Vettel is available for the start of the 2019 season

Toto Wolff is trying to ensure Ferrari's Vettel is available for the start of the 2019 season

Valtteri Bottas claimed second, 14 seconds adrift of his team-mate; Kimi Raikkonen had been running second, but a puncture on lap 49 of 51 handed the position to Bottas and allowed Mercedes to extend its championship lead. "Hindsight is great - with hindsight it is easy, but at the time it felt ok to keep the tyres".

Hamilton led every single lap of the race after managing to shut the door on a fast starting Raikkonen while Verstappen managed to force his way past Vettel. With Lewis Hamilton running such a flawless race here in Great Britain, Kimi Raikkonen would have needed to get the jump on him off the line.

"This auto has been a little bit trickier to get used to and get the set-up right", explained Hamilton.

Ricciardo is currently fourth in the championship, 60 points adrift of Vettel, whose lead over Hamilton has now been cut to one point. Hamilton made a pit stop at lap 24 and came out with a five second deficit to Ferrari's Raikkonen, but the next lap had Ferrari calling Raikkonen to a pit stop and Hamilton pulled ahead by 10 seconds to practically finish the race barring a crash.

Ricciardo produced a spectacular moment when he lost control of his spinning vehicle at Club corner, but managed to catch it before hitting the wall. "It was quite said, I don't have a lot to say", he told the team's official twitter feed.

Both Hamilton and Bottas managed their tyres efficiently on the demanding high-speed circuit, but Ferrari, having opted for an aggressive and risky strategy, were caught out. "I think it opens room for messy qualifying, and the rules are pretty clear, and I know there is a world title going on at the front, but we are in a position where we actually fight as hard as the boys at the front and I was impeded today".

We saw in Austria that a ideal start can mean a flawless race. I would not have my poles or my wins. He returns to a point of Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari), victim of an exit of track and then a puncture.

The rest of the top ten was made up of Hulkenberg in sixth, Vettel in seventh, Ocon in eighth, Perez in ninth and Maasa in 10th.

"I'll just keep trying to maximise and if the others want to crash in front of me they can".

He said: "There's a feeling I can't really describe.it feels awesome to be up here".

Raikkonen said he was disappointed with his misfortunes, but Vettel said he did not blame the team.