Raikkonen surprised by Ferrari tyre failures

Ebony Scott
July 17, 2017

Amidst a field of doubters and rumors, Mercedes F1 driver Lewis Hamilton has captured pole position for this weekend's British Grand Prix.

The Briton cut Vettel's world championship lead to one point following a supreme performance.

"The vehicle was so good to drive today".

Sebastian Vettel told the journalists that although it might seem that this is a huge setback, Ferrari will come out stronger from this and that things like the one from today's race, do happen from time to time.

The 51-lap race had a few exciting moments at the start including a safety vehicle period.

Bottas was very happy with his drive to finish second ahead of his countryman Raikkonen.

That was how the order at the front remained until the pitstops, where Vettel was able to undercut Verstappen and move up to third, helped by a slower stop for the Dutchman. Both drivers fought the entire race for these positions, especially Ricciardo who started from 19th position.

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Bottas, however, faces a likely five-place grid penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change, while stewards were looking into an incident in which Romain Grosjean claimed he was blocked by Hamilton. Through his racing skills and his impressive overtaking, Daniel Ricciardo was named the Formula One driver of the day.

Austrian Grand Prix victor Valtteri Bottas was fourth in his Mercedes, but will now drop to ninth after picking up a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change.

Ferrari's decision to pit Vettel early in order to jump Verstappen left Vettel had ramifications later in the race, as it left him vulnerable to attack from Bottas.

Raikkonen needed a late tyre change which appeared to promote Vettel to the podium but disaster struck for the four-time champion on the last of 51 laps. Just a few corners later, Vettel suffered the same problem and had to limp back to the pits, dropping to seventh place on the final lap. "There is a part of the tyre that is damaged and we will investigate deeply on all the tyres".

The news was welcomed by Hamilton as he made his way round the final straight on the last lap, joined by his team mate Bottas. As the grid set off, the British driver made a clean getaway from Kimi Raikkonen.

At the halfway stage of the season he leads Hamilton by just a single point with the next race the Hungarian Grand Prix on July 30.

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