Sport Hamilton wins British GP, cuts Vettel's F1 lead to 1 point

17:26  16 july  2017
17:26  16 july  2017 Source:   Associated Press

Austria GP will show if Hamilton-Vettel rift has healed

  Austria GP will show if Hamilton-Vettel rift has healed Formula One's governing body is confident that the most controversial moment of a gripping title race is officially resolved, after Sebastian Vettel completed the formality of publicly apologizing to archrival Lewis Hamilton for driving dangerously. This weekend's Austrian Grand Prix will show if the rift between the fiercely competitive multiple world champions has really been healed, or whether the pressure of race day could bring it back out into the open on Sunday.

Lewis Hamilton has cut Sebastian Vettel ' s world championship lead to 12 points with a dominant victory in the Canadian GP . Hamilton led from start to finish, delivering a masterclass of frontrunning to secure his sixth victory at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and finish almost 20 seconds clear of

Lewis Hamilton claimed a comfortable Canadian Grand Prix win to keep the pressure on Sebastian Vettel . Brit led from start to finish in a Canadian GP results and points standings. 1 Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) Mercedes 1 hr 33mins 05.154secs. 2 Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Mercedes 1 :33:24.937.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates after winning during the British Formula One Grand Prix at the Silverstone racetrack in Silverstone, England, Sunday, July 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)© The Associated Press Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates after winning during the British Formula One Grand Prix at the Silverstone racetrack in Silverstone, England, Sunday, July 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

SILVERSTONE, England — Lewis Hamilton slashed Sebastian Vettel's Formula One championship lead to one point by winning a record-equaling fifth British Grand Prix on Sunday as his title rival was left reeling by a late puncture.

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Vettel was in third heading into the penultimate lap at Silverstone only to see his front left tire shred — immediately after Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen's car experienced the same fate.

Austria GP will show if Hamilton-Vettel rift has healed

  Austria GP will show if Hamilton-Vettel rift has healed Formula One's governing body is confident that the most controversial moment of a gripping title race is officially resolved, after Sebastian Vettel completed the formality of publicly apologizing to archrival Lewis Hamilton for driving dangerously. This weekend's Austrian Grand Prix will show if the rift between the fiercely competitive multiple world champions has really been healed, or whether the pressure of race day could bring it back out into the open on Sunday.

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Raikkonen still made the podium by replacing Vettel in third, but the championship leader fell back to seventh as the 25-point lead he held over Hamilton going into the 10th round of the 20-race season was all but wiped out on an overcast afternoon in central England.

It capped a dominant weekend for Hamilton in front of his home fans and the three-time world champion was assisted by Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas making up seven places to join him on the podium after finishing second.

"Great drive by Valtteri," Hamilton said over the team radio after claiming victory. "Fantastic job, all weekend."

For Hamilton, the victory after failing to make the podium in his last two races will vindicate the decision to embark on a two-day holiday to Greece after last weekend's Austrian GP. The jaunt annoyed racing fans in London who turned up to a flagship showcase of the sport that was attended by the other 19 drivers.

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