However, it was bad luck for the Ferrari drivers when Sebastian Vettel, who came into the race leading the championship table by 20 points, suffered a front-left tyre failure when running third with two laps to go, dropping to seventh. Raikkonen recovered to finish third. It was also Hamilton's fifth Formula One triumph in the British Grand Prix, tying him with Jim Clark and Alain Prost for the most British Grand Prix wins.
After the 2017 British Grand Prix, Mercedes extends its lead over Ferrari in the constructors' championship race.
The race will see the drivers battling it out to complete 52 laps of the 5.891 kilometer (3.66 mile) long circuit.
Hamilton was in fine form throughout an initially wet qualifying at Silverstone and with conditions drying out for Q2 and Q3, posted a storming 1 minute 26.600 second lap in the top-ten shootout to leave him a massive 0.547 seconds up on Ferraris Kimi Raikkonen.
"In the morning, it was a little more tricky and, obviously the conditions were not easy, they were changing a lot, but the auto behaved as good as I think it could. I think it's about looking forward and what happens in 2019 and 2020, the risk and opportunities", added the Austrian. I don't think so, ' he said. Meanwhile, Ricciardo in the other Red Bull was making great progress at the back of the field.
Vettel said: 'Hindsight is great, with hindsight it is easy, but at the time it felt OK. "Then we were like P3, P4, it was clear that Valtteri [Bottas] would come because he benefitted at the beginning because I was stuck, but overall small things here and there that led into a busy afternoon".
Bottas, however, faces a likely five-place grid penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change, while stewards were looking into an incident in which Romain Grosjean claimed he was blocked by Hamilton.
Vettel also said he could take no pleasure from the fact that the fans had clearly enjoyed his early race scrap with Verstappen, who had passed him at the start. I feel we've grown together in a really positive year, and Valtteri on board has brought a lot of positivity to the team and dispelled a lot of negativity we had before.