Sport Vettel not panicking after Silverstone tyre drama

14:45  17 july  2017
14:45  17 july  2017 Source:   Read Sport

Hamilton 'takes heart' from damage limitation in Austria

  Hamilton 'takes heart' from damage limitation in Austria Lewis Hamilton has ‘taken heart’ away from the Austrian Grand Prix after a damage limitation drive to finish in fourth place. Having started in eighth place after taking a five-place grid drop for changing his gearbox out of sequence, the Briton managed to claw his way through the traffic to limit the damage title rival Sebastian Vettel inflicted by finishing in second place. In the dying laps of the race the Mercedes driver piled on the pressure towards Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, however, he does feel he may have given the Australian too much room to breathe in their battle at the end of the race. Hamilton said: “It’s been a difficult weekend, but I can take heart that I limited the damage to Sebastian in the points and that I went forward through the field. The car was great today, I could push the entire race on the tyres and I gave it absolutely everything out there. “I really don’t think there was much left in the car at the end of the race, but I was probably a bit too kind in my fight with Daniel – and left him too much space. I won’t do that again” The three-time world champion did congratulate his team-mate Valtteri Bottas on the victory in Austria, Hamilton now believes Bottas can be a credible title threat as the Finn continues to close in on himself and Vettel.

SILVERSTONE , England (Reuters) - Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel said there was no need to panic after seeing his Formula One championship lead slashed to a "There is a part of the tyre that is damaged and we will investigate deeply on all the tyres . "Sebastian had a different issue with a loss of air."

“There is a part of the tyre that is damaged and we will investigate deeply on all the tyres . “Sebastian had a different issue with a loss of air.” Hamilton reigns at Silverstone to cut Vettel lead. No need to panic , says Vettel after tyre drama .

Sebastian Vettel insists there is no need for him to panic over his championship situation, despite losing a potential podium from a late puncture at the British Grand Prix.

The German was running in third position when his left-front tyre deflated with just two laps remaining; the late pitstop saw him drop to seventh by the chequered flag.

Team-mate Kimi Raikkonen also suffered a similar tyre issue the lap before, the Finn had been running in a comfortable second behind eventful winner Lewis Hamilton.

Although Vettel has seen his lead cut to just one point, the championship leader remains calm but admits the team needs to be aware of Mercedes surge in form.

Silverstone owners set to make announcement on future of British Grand Prix

  Silverstone owners set to make announcement on future of British Grand Prix The long-term future of the British Grand Prix will be left hanging precariously in the balance on Tuesday with Silverstone's owners poised to announce that they have activated a break-out clause to cease Formula One racing after 2019.British Racing Drivers' Club chairman John Grant was due to host a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, in which he will deliver what has been billed as a "significant announcement" regarding the circuit's future.

REUTERS. Four in a row for Hamilton as blowout hits Vettel . Silverstone supremo Hamilton feels the love. Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel said there was no need to panic after seeing his Formula One championship lead slashed to a single point on Sunday.

Sebastian Vettel 's car tyre got punctured towards the end of the British GP race. Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel said there was no need to panic after seeing his Formula One championship lead slashed to a single point on Sunday.

“The car is great, it has been fantastic in the race again today,” Vettel.

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“So there is no reason to panic or to worry. But we need to be aware that they [Mercedes] are very quick and there are a couple of advantages that we need to work on. Then it could be a different picture.”

The four-time champion admitted there was no indication the tyre would delaminate, despite suffering from blistering in the latter stages of the grand prix.

“It was very sudden,” he added. “The tyres were going down but nothing out of the ordinary, so it was quite sudden when the tyre decided not to take me to the end of the race.

“It could have been a bit better for sure, but a disaster? I don’t think so.”

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2017 British Grand Prix - Gallery .
Lewis Hamilton cut Sebastian Vettel’s lead of the Formula 1 championship to just a single point with his fourth consecutive British GP victory. Hamilton lead from lights to flag in front of his home crowd, who turned up in force at Silverstone just days after the track owner announced it had triggered the break clause in its contract to host the British GP. Behind him, Valtteri Bottas made it a Mercedes 1-2, having started ninth with a grid penalty. Tyre failures hit both Ferrari drivers. Kimi Raikkonen, who had spent most of the race second, dropped back to third whilst Vettel was forced to drive longer on his punctured tyre and fell back to seventh. Max Verstappen, who enjoyed a battle with Vettel early in the race, inherited fourth, his best finish since China at the start of the season. Here are some of the best images from this year’s British GP.

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