Lewis Hamilton signs new two-year, £40m deal with Mercedes

• Contract makes driver highest paid British sportsperson
• Mercedes announce deal at home grand prix at Hockenheim

Lewis Hamilton has signed a new two-year deal with Mercedes reported to be worth £40m, which would make him Britain’s highest paid sportsperson.

The British driver joined Mercedes from McLaren for the 2013 season and has won three of the past four world championships to dominate the sport in recent years.

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Stirling Moss wins British Grand Prix – archive, 18 July 1955

18 July 1955: Stirling Moss becomes the first Briton to win a British Grand Prix at Aintree, with Mercedes taking the first four places

Stirling Moss, driving a Mercédès-Benz, won the British Grand Prix here to-day. This was his first victory in a Grand Prix race, and the first victory by a British driver in a British Grand Prix.

There the novelty ends. To-day’s race was simply another demonstration of the present superiority of German racing cars. Mercédès entered four cars, and the four, with never a pit stop, finished first, second, third, and fourth.

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British Grand Prix: Kimi Raikkonen’s wife weighs in on Lewis Hamilton spat

After a dramatic race Kimi Raikkonen’s wife has her say on Lewis Hamilton’s comments while Ferrari’s car handles the conditions and McLaren attempt to reverse their decline

What had been a thrilling race to the end was still disappointing for Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes and they closed it with what felt like sour grapes. The suggestion that Ferrari were deliberately targeting their cars and that Raikkonen had intentionally hit Hamilton was farcical on many levels, not least that planning to do so would have had to anticipate Hamilton losing places.

Equally with damage likely to go both ways and Ferrari very much in the constructors’ fight it would been self-defeating. Hamilton and Mercedes have since accepted it was a racing incident. Their reaction was perhaps a reflection of the heat of the moment and the shock of being beaten in their backyard where they have been so dominant for so long. Raikkonen’s wife Minttu had her own take on the spat. “If you cry like a girl when you lose, do ballet,” she wrote on Instagram.

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Vettel dismisses Hamilton’s ‘silly’ suggestion Ferrari deliberately targeted Mercedes

• Mercedes cars hit by Ferraris in twice in past three races
• ‘Interesting tactics, I would say,’ says Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton made a pointed attack on Ferrari after the British Grand Prix where the Mercedes driver was only able to finish in second place having been hit by Kimi Räikkönen on the opening lap.

It is the second time in three races the two teams have clashed while racing and Hamilton suggested that they had not been merely accidents. Hamilton’s claims were dismissed by the race winner Sebastian Vettel as “silly” and “unnecessary”.

Related: Sebastian Vettel wins British Grand Prix after Lewis Hamilton’s early stutter

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Sebastian Vettel wins British GP as Lewis Hamilton claws back second spot – video

Sebastian Vettel won the British Grand Prix for Ferrari on Sunday to deny Lewis Hamilton a fifth successive home victory and move eight points clear at the top of the Formula One standings.

In a thrilling race with two safety car periods, reigning champion Hamilton went from pole position to the rear of the field before finishing second for Mercedes in a superb fightback.

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen was third, after incurring a 10-second penalty for tangling with the slow-starting Hamilton at the third corner of the opening lap, which sent the Briton spinning.

The win was Vettel’s fourth of the season, 51st of his career, and champions Mercedes’ first defeat at Silverstone since 2012 before the V6 turbo era started.

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Sebastian Vettel wins British Grand Prix after Lewis Hamilton’s early stutter

• German seals second Silverstone win and 51st career victory
• Hamilton finishes second with Kimi Raikkonen third

Sebastian Vettel won the British Grand Prix, with a commanding performance from second on the grid. Lewis Hamilton’s hopes of a home win were dashed on the opening lap when he had a slow start and was then hit by Kimi Räikkönen and dropped almost to the back of the field. He drove a remarkable recovery, however, to finish in second place but it means Vettel now has an eight-point lead in the championship. Räikkönen was in third with Valtteri Bottas in fourth.

This is Vettel’s second victory at the British Grand Prix, having won for Red Bull in 2009. His 51st career win is his fourth this season, one more than Hamilton has scored and a real achievement in denying the British driver and Mercedes at the circuit that has been their personal fiefdom for the past four years.

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Not the start @LewisHamilton was dreaming of last night… #BritishGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/IstbDgvY1I

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British Grand Prix: F1 – live!

1.34pm BST

A reminder of the drivers’ championship standings:

Vettel (Ferrari) 146
Hamilton (Mercedes) 145
Räikkönen (Ferrari) 101
Ricciardo (Red Bull) 96
Verstappen (Red Bull) 93
Bottas (Mercedes) 92

1.29pm BST

A lovely moment yesterday; Frank Williams in conversation with Bottas:

.@ValtteriBottas pops by to catch up with his old boss, Sir Frank!
#BritishGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/IbATcIzl3d

1.26pm BST

Twenty years on from Michael Schumacher’s controversial win at Silverstone, serving a penalty as he crossed the line, Lewis Hamilton has every chance of making further history by racking up his sixth victory on home turf, surpassing Jim Clark and Alain Prost who both have five wins apiece. Hamilton starts on pole, while Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin, the two Williams drivers, will join Toro Rosso’s Brendon Hartley by beginning in the pit lane. Stroll and Sirotkin spun out during Q1 on Saturday, while Hartley starts in the pits having missed qualifying altogether following a nasty crash.

1.19pm BST

1 Hamilton 2 Vettel
3 Räikkönen 4 Bottas
5 Verstappen 6 Ricciardo
7 Magnussen 8 Grosjean
9 Leclerc 10 Ocon
11 Hulkenberg 12 Pérez
13 Alonso 14 Gasly
15 Ericsson 16 Sainz
17 Vandoorne 18 Sirotkin
19 Stroll 20 Hartley

12.55pm BST

Lewis Hamilton has his own plans of bringing it home. After edging out Sebastian Vettel, the Ferrari one point ahead of him in the drivers’ standings, by the faintest whisker – all 44 thousandths of a second of it – the Mercedes snatched pole on Saturday – his sixth on home soil – with a phenomenal final lap, hurtling his way round a sizzling Silverstone at 190mph, flying into the circuit’s finest, Copse and Becketts, the fastest corners at a track Hamilton himself has labelled as the fastest on the planet. He was essentially breaking the boundaries before tasting the sweet success of doing so; it was an adrenaline junkie’s dream. “I had to go over the limit to get that time out of the car, which is dangerous,” Hamilton said, still shaking a little, adding it was his “most pressurised” lap ever.

He was whizzing round the circuit while Harry Maguire had nodded England’s football team in front in Russia, and Hamilton has promised to jet out to Moscow if Gareth Southgate’s side reach the World Cup final next Sunday. He even posed in a shirt at his Mercedes debrief. “I guess I wanted to give a boost to England,” he said. “I’ll start the wave and let them continue.” He described it as an “unforgettable day for English sport”, and it might yet get better, as Hamilton searches for a record-breaking sixth win at Silverstone.

Related: Lewis Hamilton sets track record to beat Sebastian Vettel for British F1 GP pole

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Mark Webber on the epic Lewis Hamilton-Sebastian Vettel rivalry

The former champion on an era-defining struggle, why Ferrari are ‘a bit soft’ and the special joy of driving at Silverstone

‘Epic’ is Mark Webber’s typically pithy assessment of the battle for this year’s Formula One world championship between Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel. The former driver is well placed to judge. He has no little experience with both of them, racing alongside Vettel at Red Bull for five years and against Hamilton since the Briton’s debut in 2007 until the Australian retired in 2013.

Webber retains great affection for the British Grand Prix, reciprocated by the crowd at Silverstone who have shown huge admiration for the Australian, not least on the occasion of his second win, in 2012. They roared their approval as he took the lead from Fernando Alonso, wheel to wheel through Brooklands and cheered his run to the flag. “I love racing everywhere but here it’s extra special,” he said that day.

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Lewis Hamilton sets track record to beat Sebastian Vettel for British F1 GP pole

• Mercedes driver snatches pole on final qualifying lap
• Vettel will start second on grid with Kimi Räikkönen third

Lewis Hamilton took pole position for the British Grand Prix in front of the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel. The Mercedes driver saved his best for last to nail a superb lap on his final run. Kimi Räikkönen in the second Ferrari was in third, in front of Valtteri Bottas. The Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo were in fifth and sixth.

Hamilton took the pole with a track record time of 1min 25.892sec with a final hot lap that was a tour de force around the old airfield in front of a huge crowd that clearly lifted the reigning world champion. He had to be at his best, as he was pushed to the limit by Vettel. The German was quickest after his first run in Q3, five-hundredths of a second in front of Hamilton. Both laps were impressive but Vettel had the edge through the middle sector. However, on the final runs Hamilton was extraordinary under immense pressure, threading the needle through Maggots and Becketts with absolute precision, he finished four-hundredths ahead of Vettel.

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Tough decisions lie ahead for McLaren in scramble for past F1 glories

Former team designer John Barnard says success cannot follow for struggling British team until they have the right people in the right positions all the way to the top

This year’s British Grand Prix was never going to be a celebratory affair for McLaren. In their 52 years, the once mighty team have no experience of a slump of these proportions. At no point was Silverstone going to offer an unexpected return to form. But that it was here that they chose to instigate drastic measures to stop the rot proved the team could wait no longer.

Radical restructuring at the home grand prix is, as Ron Dennis would have it, highly suboptimal but the team are making tentative steps in the right direction in the view of John Barnard, the man who helped Dennis turn them round in the 1980s and earned the nickname Prince of Darkness for his troubles.

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