The 72nd running of the British Grand Prix was all about one man, Lewis Hamilton, and whether or not he could add a fifth Silverstone win to his tally.
The championship hopeful was all smiles as he greeted the fans on the driver parade.
And some had a few words of advice…
There was much fanfare as Max Verstappen arrived, perhaps a bit overkill but we get it given the amount of interest in F1’s young sensation.
A wave from Kimi Raikkonen with the Finn set to line-up second on the grid.
Rumours in the build-up to Sunday’s race suggest that this is Jolyon Palmer’s last with Renault with Carlos Sainz taking his seat from Hungary onward. Pierre Gasly will replace Sainz at Toro Rosso. Watch this space (so to speak)…
And it is go at Silverstone…
Lewis Hamilton led the grand prix ahead of Kimi Raikkonen, Max Verstappen and Sebastian Vettel.
Carlos Sainz was forced into retirement after being hit by Daniil Kvyat. Kvyat was penalised for the second race in a row.
Vettel was unable to overtake Verstappen on the track – some great attempts but none that stuck – so Ferrari undercut the Red Bull driver to grab the position.
— Scuderia Ferrari (@ScuderiaFerrari) July 16, 2017
Daniel Ricciardo, having started P19, worked his way through the field to run inside the top ten by the halfway stage.
Fernando Alonso’s race ended on lap 34 with “no power.”
ALO = OUT ?
— Formula 1 (@F1) July 16, 2017
Bottas chased down Vettel for third.
Hamilton raced to the win, his fifth at Silverstone.
Vettel’s podium charge ended with a puncture. He finished P7.
— Sebastian Vettel #5 (@sebvettelnews) July 16, 2017
Hamilton celebrated his fifth British Grand Prix win, a race won from lights-to-flag.