- Lewis Hamilton takes the DHL Fastest Lap for the sixth time this season
- Hamilton betters the lap record at Silverstone by a considerable margin
- DHL Fastest Lap Award: Hamilton has a good lead on Räikkönen
DHL Fastest Lap Predictor Game
Fastest Driver Group 1: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) - 1:30.621
Fastest Driver Group 2: Nico Hülkenberg (Renault) - 1:32.577
Fastest Driver Group 3: Romain Grosjean (Haas) - 1:32.290
Lewis Hamilton takes DHL Fastest Lap in Silverstone
Lewis Hamilton had a fairy-tale home race at Silverstone. The local favorite won the British Grand Prix for the fourth time in a row and for the fifth time altogether, equaling the record set by Alain Prost and Jim Clark.
Apart from winning the race, Hamilton also took the DHL Fastest Lap, pole position and led the Grand Prix every lap of the way, giving him the fifth Grand Slam of his career. “I’m so happy ... this has got to be one of my sweetest wins here. I was gunning for this victory,” said Hamilton, overcome with emotion.
The Mercedes driver put his stamp on the race from the outset and never ran the risk of letting the win slip through his fingers. As if to prove his superiority, Hamilton posted the DHL Fastest Lap three laps before the checkered flag, setting a new lap record of 1:30.621 minutes for the Silverstone Circuit.
Over the last lap of the race, Red Bull pilot Max Verstappen counter-attacked on fresh tires with a 1:30.678, which was, nevertheless, just outside Hamilton’s best.
More success for Mercedes with Bottas
Hamilton’s team-mate Valtteri Bottas also drove a strong race. He had started from ninth on the grid after a gearbox change but fought his way up into second place. The Finn set the fastest average speed over ten laps (1:31.258), leaving no one in any doubt about his dazzling form.
“What a race! I’m really happy for us as a team, to get the second one-two of the season”, said Bottas, beaming all over his face. “Of course, I would have liked to win, but I’m happy anyway, because that was definitely one of my best ever races.” Hamilton continued: “The team did an exceptional job this weekend, and Valtteri obviously drover a stormer today – I’m proud of him. It’s great to have him in the team.”
Fastest race laps: 2017 FORMULA 1 ROLEX BRITISH GRAND PRIX
01 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 1:30.621 - on Lap 48
02 Max Verstappen (Red Bull) 1:30.678 - on Lap 51
03 Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) 1:30.905 - on Lap 46
04 Kimi Räikkönen (Ferrari) 1:31.517 - on Lap 44
05 Sebastian Vettel (FerrarI) 1:31.872 - on Lap 38
06 Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) 1:31.874 - on Lap 47
07 Romain Grosjean (Haas) 1:32.290 - on Lap 45
08 Nico Hülkenberg (Renault) 1:32.577 - on Lap 43
09 Kevin Magnussen (Haas) 1:32.683 - on Lap 41
10 Marcus Ericsson (Sauber) 1:33.119 - on Lap 30
History: DHL Fastest Laps in the FORMULA 1 BRITISH GRAND PRIX
Lewis Hamilton improved the lap record for the current layout of the Silverstone circuit, which had previously been held by Mark Webber, by almost three seconds. The British driver also posted a new all-time record of 1:26.600 minutes in qualifying.
This was Hamilton’s 37th DHL Fastest Lap of his career. The Mercedes driver is ranked fourth behind Michael Schumacher (77), Kimi Räikkönen (45) and Alain Prost (41) in the list of fastest race laps ever.
Hamilton extends lead in DHL Fastest Lap Award
Hamilton extended his lead in the overall standings of the DHL Fastest Lap Award. The Mercedes driver has six fastest race laps to his name this season, followed by Kimi Räikkönen with two, and Sebastian Vettel and Sergio Perez with one each.
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