The British GP weekend was dominated by one man on and off the track, but nevertheless we still enjoyed an intriguing Sunday afternoon at Silverstone.
Lewis Hamilton stormed to a fifth pole position for the British Grand Prix with a devastating lap in a tense and rain-affected qualifying session on Saturday. "It wounding turn! All in all I'm thankful to bring it home P6".
Despite this, Hamilton's run looked suspiciously more like a qualifying run than a long run simulation.
In Austria that proved problematic for Hamilton.
"The front left didn't feel great and having seen what happened to the Ferrari we played it safe".
It was a disastrous race for Toro Rosso. I am obviously building up the wins that I have.
Verstappen managed to stay ahead under braking for Vale, squeezing Vettel wide into the chicane and prompting the Ferrari driver to raise his hand in frustration. Alonso, out of contract at the end of the year, has called on McLaren to make a decision.
The safety car stalled progress for a while, and then after the resumption he passed Esteban Ocon on lap 5, and then Nico Hulkenberg on lap 7. The driver of the No. 28 DHL Honda then held off a bunch of others in the final couple laps as his car and tires fell off.
He was then 9.5 seconds behind Hamilton, with some clear air ahead of him, but no immediate prospect of catching the Vettel/Verstappen battle. "It's frustrating, it seems there is big inconsistencies between the decision and who is doing the manoeuvre". Vettel tried, Verstappen parried. "The car felt the best it had this weekend, but not quite fast enough for first place". He ran seven laps in second place, gradually falling away, before pitting on lap 32. Next goal for me is more hardware in the trophy case. My performance is second to none.
"Ferrari really hit the nail on the head from the beginning".
Grosjean was equally frustrated not to be asked to see the stewards himself to argue his case. "That allowed me to then get Sebastian, and put pressure on Kimi".
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He then began reeling in Raikkonen, logging several fastest laps in the process. "However, we have not been able to do so".
And so indeed was his team. Yet again Bottas had shown that the Mercedes management's faith in him was fully justified.
Mercedes chief Toto Wolff says it is a "no brainer" to extend Valtteri Bottas' contract beyond the 2017 season. A gesticulation and a message aimed at the stewards followed. And his late puncture compounded his terrible day but he finished seventh which earned him six points, and maintain the title lead by one point.