British Grand Prix highlights: Formula One live blog

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    With its future very much up in the air on the Formula One calendar, we come to this year’s British Grand Prix with anticipation that it could be one of the last at the iconic Silverstone circuit. Join The Roar for a live blog of the race from 10pm AEST.

    One of the classics, Silverstone has been one of the longest standing venues in Formula One – next to Monza. It’s array of high-speed corners excite drivers and offers spectacular racing.

    At 5.8km in length, Silverstone in 2017 will see Formula One cars take corners at the highest ever speeds. The 52-laps for the grand prix, will no doubt present much entertainment.

    Being England, the weather always plays its hand and there will be a chance of showers for this race.

    What too is a factor at the British Grand Prix is the overwhelming support for their home heroes and for Lewis Hamilton, there has never been a more adored driver.

    The Briton stands tied with the great Nigel Mansell with four overall victories at home, with three of those coming in consecutive seasons – dominating with Mercedes AMG.

    Hamilton will be chasing a record fifth victory, which would put him equal to the legendary Scotsman Jim Clark and Frenchman Alain Prost – and he will have the benefit of starting from pole position.

    Championship leader Sebastian Vettel was left seven-tenths of a second adrift of Hamilton, having only qualified third fastest, behind Ferrari teammate Kimi Räikkönen,

    Mixed fortunes will be felt for Red Bull, with Daniel Ricciardo set to start from the rear of the grid, after issues in qualifying – on top of a 5-place grid penalty for a change of gearbox.

    Max Verstappen has the luxury of a fourth-place start, being promoted one position because of a five-place gearbox penalty being handed to Valtteri Bottas. The Dutchman easily represents the best chance Red Bull have winning the race.

    Mixed weather in qualifying saw a mixed mid-field and with more rain to come in the race, can the likes of the Renaults and McLarens score some serious points? Nico Hulkenberg will start a season best fifth, as will Stoffel Vandoorne in eighth.

    The championship stands in favour of Vettel currently with a 20-point buffer, but is this the weekend for some magic from Hamilton to change things around?

    Tune into The Roar’s live blog coverage from 10pm AEST, as we get set for another what could be another momentous British Grand Prix.

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    • Roar Guru

      Jawad Yaqub said | 11:59pm | ! Report

      Well there is one race now before Formula One takes its annual mid-season break and of course one point between Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton in the championship battle.

      Tune in again on The Roar in a fortnight’s time for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

      Until then, that is a wrap for this live blog. Thanks again for joining me and I’ll be back for Hungary.


    • Roar Guru

      Jawad Yaqub said | 11:56pm | ! Report

      ——– DRIVER’S ——–

      177 – Sebastian Vettel
      176 – Lewis Hamilton
      154 – Valtteri Bottas
      117 – Daniel Ricciardo
      98 — Kimi Räikkönen
      57 — Max Verstappen
      52 — Sergio Perez
      43 — Esteban Ocon
      29 — Carlos Sainz
      26 — Nico Hulkenberg
      23 — Felipe Massa
      18 — Lance Stroll
      18 — Romain Grosjean
      11 — Kevin Magnussen
      5 — Pascal Wehrlein
      4 — Daniil Kvyat
      2 — Fernando Alonso
      0 — Jolyon Palmer
      0 — Marcus Ericsson
      0 — Antonio Giovinazzi
      0 — Stoffel Vandoorne
      0 — Jenson Button

    • Roar Guru

      Jawad Yaqub said | 11:56pm | ! Report

      —– CONSTRUCTOR’S —–

      330 – Mercedes AMG
      275 – Scuderia Ferrari
      174 – Red Bull Racing
      95 — Force India Mercedes
      41 — Williams Mercedes
      33 — Scuderia Toro Rosso
      29 — Haas Ferrari
      26 — Renault Sport
      5 — Sauber Ferrari
      2 — McLaren Honda

    • Roar Guru

      Jawad Yaqub said | 11:55pm | ! Report


      It was the perfect home grand prix weekend for Lewis Hamilton, with the Briton achieving a fifth career victory at the Silverstone circuit – equalling the record of Formula One greats Jim Clark and Alain Prost.

      The three-time world champion ran a flawless race, whilst the minor podium placings saw some drastic reshuffling in the dying stages of the British Grand Prix.

      Valtteri Bottas crossed the line in second, to complete the one-two finish for Mercedes AMG, having started from ninth due to a gearbox penalty.

      The Finn utilised an alternate strategy, which saw him on the faster supersoft tyres in the final stint, but it was consecutive punctures for the Ferraris ahead that saw Bottas claim second.

      Both Kimi Räikkönen and Sebastian Vettel were set for podium finishes, until their Ferraris sustained punctures – hurting Vettel’s race more so, with the German crossing the line in seventh.

      It was a solid points scoring race for Red Bull, with Max Verstappen finishing fourth and a strong recovery from Daniel Ricciardo to come from eighteenth on the grid to fifth.

      The Renault of Nico Hulkenberg survived a late issue with de-rating to bag a haul of points in sixth, whilst his British teammate Jolyon Palmer was not so lucky – having not even got to start the race with a hydraulics failure on the formation lap.

      Points went begging once again for Stoffel Vandoorne, who was presented with his best opportunity of the season with a start inside the top ten. The McLaren driver ended the race in eleventh, behind the Force Indias and the Williams of Felipe Massa.

      Tension will continue to brew at Toro Rosso, with Carlos Sainz and Daniil Kvyat once again coming to blows during a first lap incident which had brought out the Safety Car. Kvyat went off-track, came back on and found himself barging into his teammate Sainz’s car – terminating the Spaniard from the race.

      A sole point separates Vettel now at the top of the championship from Hamilton, following his flawless weekend at home. Bottas’ deficit meanwhile has been cut to 23-points, putting the Finn within a race win’s worth of points to the Ferrari.

    • Roar Guru

      Jawad Yaqub said | 11:46pm | ! Report


    • Roar Guru

      Jawad Yaqub said | 11:46pm | ! Report

      PODIUM INTERVIEWS – Hosted by Jenson Button & Owen Wilson

      HAMILTON – “The support this weekend has been immense.”

      BOTTAS – “Definitely not an easy race to start from P9.” “Just kept my head down and kept going.”

      RÄIKKÖNEN – “They [Mercedes AMG] just went a bit faster.” “Unlucky situation keeps following us.”

    • Roar Guru

      Jawad Yaqub said | 11:32pm | ! Report


      1 L. Hamilton
      2 V. Bottas
      3 K. Räikkönen
      4 M. Verstappen
      5 D. Ricciardo
      6 N. Hulkenberg
      7 S. Vettel
      8 E. Ocon
      9 S. Perez
      10 F. Massa
      11 S. Vandoorne
      12 K. Magnussen
      13 R. Grosjean
      14 M. Ericsson
      15 D. Kvyat
      16 L. Stroll
      17 P. Wehrlein
      RET F. Alonso
      RET C. Sainz
      RET J. Palmer

    • Roar Guru

      Jawad Yaqub said | 11:29pm | ! Report


      It’s a Mercedes AMG one-two finish, with VALTTERI BOTTAS claiming second in the dying stages of the race.

      KIMI RÄIKKÖNEN recovers to third after a late race puncture.

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