A Hamilton victory at Silverstone looked like a sure thing, but a couple of hiccups at the start lead to a supremely entertaining race, albeit off-script.
Here's our power rankings from the final prong of what could be F1's one and only triple header:
Moving on up
▲ Lewis Hamilton will surely take every Driver of the Day poll there is (hint: scroll down for ours ;p) with his come-from-behind recovery drive for P2 in front of his home crowd. Carrying the hopes of all red-blooded British fans, a poor start left him among the hustle and bustle of the Ferraris, the opening lap incident leading to his only blemish of the weekend—his "interesting tactics" jibe.
▲ Sebastian Vettel charged to the lead off the line after narrowly missing out on pole, and controlled the race until the late safety car(s). Pitting for fresh rubber meant he was always going to be a handful for Bottas to defend against, yet reclaiming the lead was no guarantee.
▲ Kimi Raikkonen (don't stop reading!) might have played the villain in the opening corners, but drove a brilliant race, first trading blows with Verstappen, then pushing to the finish with the top four cars within almost 1.5 secs and anyone in contention for the win. I'm not convinced a junior driver could have performed like this, and it goes some way to justifying Ferrari's decision to keep proven drivers in their cars.
▼ Romain Grosjean returns to the naughty corner for making contact with his teammate which left both of them with damage that affected their progression through the race, and then coming together with Carlos Sainz, to which the Stewards determined both drivers contributed.
▼ Sauber's wheel management cost the high-flying Charles Leclerc another solid finish. Whatever is behind this year's plethora of wheel related issues, we need a solution before it winds up deciding a championship.
▼ Toro Rosso showed their shortcomings in the engineering department this week, just barely getting Brendon "Big Heart" Hartley onto the grid, only for him to retire. Asked on the grid about his situation, Hartley suggested the car was still on blocks and might not even start the race, his tone suggesting the team were going through the motions. Not good that they couldn't recover from his FP3 crash in time for the race.