Your weekly racing round-up: Formula 1 and Formula E
Lewis Hamilton is now just one point behind Formula 1 championship leader Sebastian Vettel after he stormed to a dominant victory at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
The Stevenage-born 32-year-old was untouchable in his Mercedes W08 at the front of the field, with chasing Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen falling back by more than 10secs for most of the race.
Raikkonen’s teammate, Vettel, lost out to fast-charging Red Bull driver Max Verstappen at the start, essentially ending his chances of a challenge for the lead before the close of the first stint.
The German failed to pass 19-year-old Verstappen on track despite two almost successful attempts, but his team opted to bring him in for an early pit stop that eventually helped him claim third.
While there was plenty of action further down the field, the front three looked to be set as the race entered its final stages. But then both Ferraris – Raikkonen first and then Vettel – suffered damage to their front left tyres.
Both were forced to pit for replacements, handing second place to Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas, who himself had mounted a strong charge through the field from his starting position in ninth. Raikkonen hung onto third, with Vettel falling back to seventh.
The result leaves the championship battle wide open as it enters the second half of the season.
Formula E: New York GP, New York City
Sam Bird became the first person to win a motor race held in New York City when he secured top spot in both rounds over the weekend.
The 30-year-old DS Virgin Racing driver took full advantage of the absence of championship leader Sébastien Buemi. The Frenchman missed both New York rounds to race in the World Endurance Championship for Ferrari.
Buemi still leads second-placed Lucas di Grassi by 10 points in the standings with two races left, both of which will take place in Canada on the weekend of 29-30 July.