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Motor racing: Keeping Bottas looks a 'no-brainer', says Wolff

18 Julio 2017

'I wanted him to be in the garage, to sit in my seat and enjoy, ' said Hamilton.

For once in 2017, everything ran like clockwork for Lewis Hamilton.

Lewis Hamilton took a seismic chunk out of Sebastian Vettel's championship lead after sealing a record-equalling victory at the British Grand Prix.

The session began in cool conditions with rain intensifying.

"So all of the talk outside has no relevance to me".

"There's 143,000 people employed in the British motorsports industry in the UK alone and 80% of that is exported".

Speaking of a long-term future, Silverstone's F1 future is in jeopardy after the British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC) activated an exit clause in its current contract to stage the race.

A team spokesperson confirmed the likely sanction late Friday after a dominant Bottas had excelled during practice at Silverstone. All 10 teams and 19 of the 20 drivers turned up to show off their driving skills, take selfies and sign autographs for hundreds of thousands of spectators.

In Austria that proved problematic for Hamilton.

Two people who are being welcomed with open arms by Williams are Daniel Fenton and John Monks.

The Finn was hit with a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change, which will boost Hamilton's victory chances.

Another race, and another DNF for Fernando Alonso.

"Then unfortunately these unlucky situations keep following us and for whatever reason the front left, not really exploded, but the canvas came off the tyre", he added.

"This weekend we've been able to exploit the full performance of our car, particularly on both cars, more so than any other race so far this year", said Hamilton.

The safety car stalled progress for a while, and then after the resumption he passed Esteban Ocon on lap 5, and then Nico Hulkenberg on lap 7.

He was then 9.5 seconds behind Hamilton, with some clear air ahead of him, but no immediate prospect of catching the Vettel/Verstappen battle.

"The track is absolutely incredible with these new cars". Vettel tried, Verstappen parried. "I think we looked a bit better in the race than in qualifying and we just need to understand why, in qualifying, we were struggling that much". He ran seven laps in second place, gradually falling away, before pitting on lap 32. The Ferrari driver came seventh when he suffered a punctured tyre that forced him into an emergency pit stop late in the race.

The best Ferrari was 0.224s slower than the best Mercedes in Sector 1, which ran from the start/finish line to just before Brooklands corner; 0.451s slower in Sector 2, from that reference point round to the exit of Chapel Curve; and only 0.016s slower from that reference pint back to the start/finish line.

Motor racing: Keeping Bottas looks a 'no-brainer', says Wolff