LONDON: Lewis Hamilton cut Sebastian Vettel’s lead in the Formula One championship to one point after winning a record-equalling fifth British Grand Prix at Slverstone.

Hamilton led every lap as Vettel’s Ferrari suffered a puncture on the penultimate lap to finish seventh.

His Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen was poised to finish second but also suffered a puncture in the closing moments to promote Valtteri Bottas one spot as Mercedes completed a one-two finish.

Hamilton has now won the event five times to join Frenchman Alain Prost and Britain’s two-time champion Jim Clark as the masters of the British Grand Prix.

He said: “It is never easy. It is amazing to be out here and I am so proud to see all these flags everywhere.

“The support has been immense and I am really proud that I could do this for you all. The team has been faultless. Valtteri has done an exceptional job as well, so it has been the perfect weekend for us.”

Asked if he was going to win the championship, he replied: “That’s the plan, but there is a long way to go.”

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