Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Sebastian Vettel 'gave it everything' to pass Valtteri Bottas for the win

Sebastian Vettel 'gave it everything' to pass Valtteri Bottas for the win

Hamilton stopped for new tyres after 25 laps and dropped back to sixth.

"For sure without the mistakes and penalty it would have been better but I tried". The Finnish driver stays first. Off the track, he's happy to be a passenger in one of his three chauffeured cars: a Mercedes-Maybach S 600, a Mercedes GL 63 and a Cadillac Escalade.

After the Sauber wreckage was cleared, the race resumed only for Romain Grosjean to collide with Carlos Sainz at the high-speed Copse corner.

But he surged back into contention and thanks to the safety vehicle being deployed on two occasions late on in the race surged into second place.

Bottas again led from the second restart however his older, harder tyres made it difficult to hold back Vettel. Vettel and Hamilton are behind him.

'The Safety Car spiced it up, it was a nice battle with Valtteri!

Now it seems the biggest challenge will come from the Ferrari drivers.

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Out came the safety vehicle again.

He was whizzing round the circuit while Harry Maguire had nodded England's football team in front in Russian Federation, and Hamilton has promised to jet out to Moscow if Gareth Southgate's side reach the World Cup final next Sunday.

Lap 22 - Vettel still is in the lead.

Vettel passed Bottas at Brooklands five laps from the end, with the Finn's tires fading, and Hamilton was also through a lap later and the chase was on to the finish with the German winning by 2.2 seconds.

Although he finished hot on the heels of poleman Lewis Hamilton, Vettel struggled during the all-important 60-minute session, with bandaging added to support his neck. He's now 22.118 second away from second-placed Valtteri Bottas, but he gets closer.

Sebastian Vettel fired off the grid, moving into the lead off the front row, pushing Hamilton down into the chaos of the second row, where he got knocked by Kimi Raikkonen. Raikkonen was less than one tenth of a second slower in final practice earlier Saturday, while Vettel was fastest in Friday's second practice. Bottas and Verstappen are right behind him.

Hamilton was sent spinning round, and suddenly he found himself down in 18th and with it all to do.

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