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British Grand Prix LIVE: Sebastian Vettel wins as Lewis Hamilton recovers from last to second after first-lap crash

Follow the latest from the 2018 British Grand Prix at Silverstone

2018 British Grand Prix in numbers

Lewis Hamilton missed out on a record-breaking sixth British Grand Prix as Sebastian Vettel won at Silvestone to clinch his fourth win of the season and extend his championship lead to eight points.

After a first-lap accident with Kimi Raikkonen, Hamilton found himself last but mounted a superb comeback drive to put himself back into contention and finish second, limiting the damage as best as he could, by finishing just two seconds behind his championship rivals - albeit with the help of two safety car interventions.

Raikkonen served a 10-second penalty for taking out Hamilton at the start, but recovered well himself to overtake both Red Bulls and come home in third, with Valtteri Bottas slipping from first to fourth in a handful of lap. Re-live the action below.


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What time does it start?

The British Grand Prix begins at 14:10 BST on Sunday 08 July.

Where can I watch it?

The race will be shown live on Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports Main Event from 12:30 BST, and Channel 4 from 13:00 BST.

Starting grid

1 Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) Mercedes GP 1min 25.892secs

2 Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Ferrari 1:25.936

3 Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari 1:25.990

4 Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Mercedes GP 1:26.217

5 Max Verstappen (Ned) Red Bull 1:26.602

6 Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) Red Bull 1:27.099

7 Kevin Magnussen (Den) Haas F1 1:27.244

8 Romain Grosjean (Fra) Haas F1 1:27.455

9 Charles Leclerc (Mon) Sauber-Ferrari 1:27.879

10 Esteban Ocon (Fra) Force India 1:28.194

11 Nico Hulkenberg (Ger) Renault 1:27.901

12 Sergio Perez (Mex) Force India 1:27.928

13 Fernando Alonso (Spa) McLaren 1:28.139

14 Pierre Gasly (Fra) Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:28.343

15 Marcus Ericsson (Swe) Sauber-Ferrari 1:28.391

16 Carlos Sainz (Spa) Renault 1:28.456

17 Stoffel Vandoorne (Bel) McLaren 1:29.096

18 Sergey Sirotkin (Rus) Williams 1:29.252

19 Lance Stroll (Can) Williams No Time

20 Brendon Hartley (Nzl) Scuderia Toro Rosso No Time

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Good morning and welcome to The Independent's live coverage of today's British Grand Prix, brought to you from the home of motorsport at Silverstone.

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With the British Grand Prix due to go green from 14:10, we'll begin our live coverage at 13:00.

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The race is an hour away from lights out but already we've got some bad news to bring you. Both of the Williams' have changed their rear wings and floors overnight, meaning that they will both start from the pit lane - although that doesn't affect them too much as they were starting a dismal 18th and 19th anyway.

It's a long, long way from how they got on two years ago when Massa and Bottas led the field into turn one.

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With that in mind, here's a look at how the updated grid lines up:

1 Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) Mercedes GP 1min 25.892secs

2 Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Ferrari 1:25.936

3 Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari 1:25.990

4 Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Mercedes GP 1:26.217

5 Max Verstappen (Ned) Red Bull 1:26.602

6 Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) Red Bull 1:27.099

7 Kevin Magnussen (Den) Haas F1 1:27.244

8 Romain Grosjean (Fra) Haas F1 1:27.455

9 Charles Leclerc (Mon) Sauber-Ferrari 1:27.879

10 Esteban Ocon (Fra) Force India 1:28.194

11 Nico Hulkenberg (Ger) Renault 1:27.901

12 Sergio Perez (Mex) Force India 1:27.928

13 Fernando Alonso (Spa) McLaren 1:28.139

14 Pierre Gasly (Fra) Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:28.343

15 Marcus Ericsson (Swe) Sauber-Ferrari 1:28.391

16 Carlos Sainz (Spa) Renault 1:28.456

17 Stoffel Vandoorne (Bel) McLaren 1:29.096

18 Sergey Sirotkin (Rus) Williams 1:29.252 - starting from pit lane

19 Lance Stroll (Can) Williams No Time - starting from pit lane

20 Brendon Hartley (Nzl) Scuderia Toro Rosso No Time - starting from pit lane

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With the return of the Alfa Romeo name this season, there is another one here at Silverstone that catches the eye.

None other than 'Fangio'

Son of the late, great, Juan Manuel Fangio, Ruben Fangio is here with the Sauber Alfa Romeo team and will have been delighted with their qualifying performance as Charles Leclerc once again broke the top 10 with ninth, while Marcus Ericsson starts in 15th - the Swede here meets Fangio Jr ahead of the race.

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Little over 35 minutes until the race gets underway as preparations ramp up. The grid is starting to take shape and the Red Arrows are strutting their stuff up above on a glorious summer's day.

About that summer's day...it could actually have quite a say on how the race unfolds. Silverstone is notoriously tough on tyres, and despite the new track surface this season - which Hamilton has already criticised - and the hard tyres that Pirelli bring here, the hot temperatures are expected to increase the level of wear during the race. That could favour the Ferraris that seem to nurse their tyres a little bit more, as well as the Red Bulls.

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Here's how Pirelli view the race:

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So what's at stake? Lewis Hamilton is bidding to win a sixth British Grand Prix at Silverstone, which would put him one clear of Jim Clark and Alain Prost two clear of Silverstone favourite Nigel Mansell, which would also tie him alongside Frenchman Prost for winning his home Grand Prix the most times.

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Just the Red Arrows doing their thing - but will it be red, white and blue come the chequered flag? 

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Silverstone news

The future of the British Grand Prix is once again among the headlines, but with Ross Brawn insisting "we can't leave this place" on Sky Sports, it appears that F1 won't be the ones who take the sport away. There's still lots to be sorted with next year's event due to be the last under the current agreement, but let's hope that the British Grand Prix has a home for life.

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