Booed and disparaged before the race, unconventional Lewis Hamilton silenced his critics and re-booted his bid for a fourth world title with a record-equalling fifth British Grand Prix victory. "So I think that's a great showing and puts us in a good position, a platform from which to start the second half of the season".
"Yeah, I don't really know what I'm talking about anymore".
"I'm really satisfied with Valtteri", Wolff told C More at Silverstone. He then nursed it though one of those tedious safety auto interludes after the Toro Rosso duo Carlos Sainz and Daniil Kvyat had collided on the first lap, then simply picked up where he had left off and controlled the race until the end.
The first lap drama was between the two Toro Rosso's of Carlos Sainz and Daniil Kyvat which we have seen a several times this season.
After Jolyon Palmer's wretched luck at Renault persisted when his car's brake-by-wire system malfunctioned on the grid formation lap, and necessitated another start and truncation of the race from 52 to 51 laps, Hamilton pushed smoothly into the lead.
Ferrari's Vettel is out of contract at the end of this year and there has been talk of Mercedes lining him up for 2019.
The Briton thrilled home fans with a devastating quickest lap of 1min 26.600sec to finish 0.547sec clear of Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen, although Hamilton was under investigation for potential impeding.
By running a whopping 32 laps, Bottas overtook the Ferraris during their own tyre stops, then came back at them when they were running soft tyres and he was on the faster supersofts.
That was how the order at the front remained until the pitstops, where Vettel was able to undercut Verstappen and move up to third, helped by a slower stop for the Dutchman.
There was a battle between Vettel and Verstappen which, after a bit of bumper cars, saw Vettel take Verstappen in the pits on lap 20.
"We got a bit lucky with Seb's puncture at the end and I pitted to be safe as I knew I had enough room behind me. I couldn't see much". "When it's like this you are confident and you can push; I hope that it will be a similar story in the future races".
"The auto is great, it has been fantastic again in the race here, arguably not quick enough, but still quicker than what we got in terms of result". "I felt very comfortable in these conditions - they are the conditions we grew up racing in here in England".
"I feel awesome, especially with a great crowd like this all around the track".