A crowd-surfing Hamilton dedicates his triumph at Silverstone to his adoring British fans. Edit article

Lewis Hamilton could not have dreamt of a more perfect weekend at the historic Silverstone circuit set in the heart of the Northamptonshire countryside, securing pole in qualifying and then cruising to victory yesterday to notch up his 57th career win. Basking in the glory of winning his fifth British Grand Prix, an achievement that matches the records held by the legendary fellow British racing driver Jim Clark and the Frenchman Alain Prost, the three times world champion delighted his British fans with a crowd-surfing display to celebrate his magnificent win. He told reporters after the race that he had been spurred on by his legions of union jack bearing British fans and that their faith in him had given him extra speed. "The support has been incredible this weekend. I am so proud i could do this for the fans" enthused Hamilton. "Now the plan is to win the championship". Indeed Lewis Hamilton has now obliterated Sebastien Vettel's championship lead of twenty-five points to just one single point, no mean feat and proof that he truly is a deserving champion.

With a blistering start off the grid Hamilton took full advantage of his pole position and as he sped off in to the distance his lead in the race never looked compromised. With one impeccably timed pit-stop across the 52 laps and 190 miles, he looked utterly comfortable and controlled the race from start to finish coming in to the chequered flag a whole fourteen seconds ahead of his teammate Valterri Bottas. It was a fitting revenge after the Mercedes number one driver had faced a backlash of negative comments from the media after he had taken the decision to not attend the F1 jamboree in Trafalgar Square last Wednesday, a highly significant promotional event in the exciting and much publicised build-up to the British Grand Prix. The fact that he was the only F1 driver to skip the event when all of the other nineteen drivers were in attendance did not go down well with his fans, particularly as it was on his home soil. He had instead opted to fly out by private jet for a mini break with friends on the Greek island of Mykonos stating that he needed a break ahead of a weekend of intense racing. Silencing his critics after his great win yesterday, he said "There is no reason to question my preparations. I have more pole positions than anyone. My preparations are second to none".

The Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen looked all set to take second place at Silverstone yesterday in his red Ferrari until he suffered a puncture to his front-left tyre in the closing stages and was forced to make an emergency pit-stop. He managed to claw back a third place finish having to give up second place to a delighted Valterri Bottas giving Mercedes a one-two finish. It was not a good day from the outset for Sebastien Vettel when his Ferrari's brakes caught fire on the start line and there was visible smoke on the track. Tensions then bubbled over as he bumped wheels with Max Verstappen's Red Bull in the early stages of the race coming out of Stowe corner on Lap 13. In a tussle reminiscent of dodgem cars at the fairground, the pair were locked in a battle that almost sent them both crashing out of the race. Vettel had been gunning for a third place finish but an agonising puncture to his front-left tyre, the same tyre that had affected his teammate Raikkonen's race, occurred on the penultimate lap and he had to settle for a disappointing seventh place. Verstappen managed to recover after the incident and finished in fourth place. The ever-popular Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull managed a respectable fifth place and Renault's Nico Hulkenberg was just behind him in sixth.

With his luck not looking likely to change any time soon, Fernando Alonso of McLaren was yet again forced to retire with a major fuel pump issue whilst his teammate Stoffel Vandoorne finished outside the points in eleventh place. The British driver Jolyon Palmer was unable to even start the race due to hydraulic failure on his Renault car during the warm-up lap and if the rumours are to be believed, he may possibly be dropped by his team at the end of the season. Toro Rosso experienced a double calamity when their drivers Daniil Kyvat and his Spanish teammate Carlos Sainz Jnr crashed into each other in the first lap as they both battled for position leading to the safety car being brought out whilst the debris was cleared from the track. Both drivers accused each other of causing the collision but it was Sainz who was knocked out of the race immediately allowing Kyvat to continue on to finish in fifteenth place with damage to his car and a subsequent penalty from the race stewards.

We have now reached halfway point for the 2017 season with only another ten races to go and as the battle for the championship intensifies, we can expect to see much more drama unfold. In two weeks time it is the turn of Hungary to host the next Grand Prix on the calendar on the Hungaroring circuit just twenty kilometres north of Budapest, a track on which Lewis Hamilton has won an impressive five times previously and will undoubtedly be looking to claim his sixth victory there. Known as the 'Paris of central Europe', Budapest is a city steeped in history and stunning architecture and has been host to the Hungarian Grand Prix since 1986. This year it is the final race before Formula One's four week summer break and with it's exciting circuit full of tricks and turns, it promises to be another thriller to behold.