Silverstone’s future as British Grand Prix host beyond 2019 was one of the main talking points of the weekend, despite the track considered the home of British motorsport, and where the World Championship began in 1950…
But all that was swept aside - as Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton dominated his home race from lights to flag – for his fifth British Grand Prix win, equalling the tally of world champions Alain Prost and Jim Clark.
Before it began, Renault’s Jolyon Palmer forced an extra formation lap, after a hydraulic leak meant he had to stop and be recovered.
At the start, Hamilton got away well with Ferrari’s Kimi Räikkönen just behind, but Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen blasted-off to take Sebastian Vettel for third – the Dutchman making it stick down the Wellington straight.
One lap later, the safety car was out as Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat crashed into Carlos Sainz at fearsome turn Becketts – the Spaniard out on the spot.
The safety car came in at the end of Lap 4 – unleashing Hamilton, who set a string of fastest laps to stretch his lead over Räikkönen.
Vettel, frustrated in fourth behind Verstappen – went wheel-to-wheel with the Dutchman on Lap 13, but couldn’t get past so pitted for the undercut on Lap 18, which catapulted him to third.
Räikkönen pitted on Lap 24, his pace beginning to suffer on the supersofts, elevating Bottas to second – the Finn up from ninth on the grid. Hamilton pitted one lap later, also for the softs, retaining his lead on exit.
Up-front it was Hamilton - then the two Ferraris, after Bottas pitted on Lap 32 for the supersofts and some late-race pace.
The Finn began to chase down Vettel, and was within a second by Lap 42 – passing him for third on the next lap, down the Hangar straight.
Behind the main pack, Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was up to seventh – after he wowed the crowds with a stunning comeback drive from 19th.
But two laps from home, both Ferraris had front-left punctures – with first Räikkönen, then Vettel suffering the failures. Bottas was promoted to second.
But it was Hamilton’s day, the 3-time World Champion becoming the first driver to win four-straight British Grands Prix.
As broadcast on 18/07/2017.