Hamilton salutes Mercedes after 'perfect weekend'


Three-time world champion and Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has insisted that he feels proud to be counted among the greats of Formula One after his record equaling win at the British Grand Prix on Sunday.

Hamilton led from start to finish to win from his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, but Vettel, running third at the time, saw his left front tire fail with just over a lap of the 51-lap race remaining.

Everybody thought that Raikkonen is going to finish second and Vettel on the fourth.

With his fifth career win at the British GP, Hamilton matches the record held by Jim Clark and Alain Prost.

Bottas's 2.01 tenths of a second reaction time put him in prime position to control the race before they even go into the braking zone for turn 1.

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Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton celebrates after winning the British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit in Towcester yesterday. That didn't stop the Australian however, as he quickly made up seven places at the start of the race.

An aborted start due to Jolyon Palmer's Renault stopping due to a hydraulics leak, a safety vehicle period due to Daniil Kvyat taking out Carlos Sainz and the Ferraris of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel both suffering punctured tyres due to blistering punctuated an eventful race.

Asked if the weekend was a disaster, the German replied: "Well, I think it could've been a little bit better for sure".

"I just felt like the whole race I was overtaking cars and I hope the fans enjoyed it", Ricciardo said. Provided I can get out in front I think I can give them a real good run for their money. I caught Hulkenberg with a few laps to go and then Seb had his issue which handed me fifth, so danke Sebastian. Meanwhile, Ricciardo in the other Red Bull was making great progress at the back of the field. "If you don't know now that my preparation is mostly on point, then I guess you never will", added the victor of 57 grands prix.

Force India's Esteban Ocon took eighth ahead of team-mate Sergio Perez and Williams' Felipe Massa completed the top-10 places. Ricciardo made an incredible recovery, after starting from the 19th position due to a grid penalty for engine components and gearbox changes. "I'm really happy as with all that negativity that came into the weekend to be able to perform the way I have". "I just kept my head down and we managed it".