Championship leader Sebastian Vettel was on course for a top-three finish, but the German suffered a puncture with two laps to go, and a seventh-place finish means that he will take only a slender one-point advantage into the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Kimi Raikkonen was second entering the latter stages of the race, but the Ferrari driver also suffered a puncture in lap 47, and dropped to third as Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas took the runners-up spot.

Hamilton, who has now won the British Grand Prix for a fourth time in succession, finished just over 14 seconds clear of Bottas as the 32-year-old led from the front on home soil.

Fernando Alonso, Carlos Sainz and Jolyon Palmer were all forced to retire at Silverstone.

Full standings:

1. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

2. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)

3. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)

4. Max Verstappen (Red Bull)

5. Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull)

6. Nico Hulkenberg (Renault)

7. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)

8. Esteban Ocon (Force India)

9. Sergio Perez (Force India)

10. Felipe Massa (Williams)

11. Stoffel Vandoorne (McLaren)

12. Kevin Magnussen (Haas)

13. Romain Grosjean (Haas)

14. Marcus Ericsson (Sauber)

15. Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso)

16. Lance Stroll (Williams)

17. Pascal Wehrlein (Sauber)

RET. Fernando Alonso (McLaren)

RET. Carlos Sainz (Toro Rosso)

RET. Jolyon Palmer (Renault)