Hamilton controls British GP, Verstappen and Rosberg battle for 2nd

It was an untroubled run to the flag for Lewis Hamilton who claimed his fourth victory at Silverstone, and his fourth for the year.

Nico Rosberg finished second but was investigated by the Stewards for a potential radio infringement. In the final laps of the race Rosberg was instructed to avoid 7th gear, and competitors were predictably miffed that their driver was given instructions for improving the performance of his car.

Max Verstappen was not far behind Rosberg, with Ricciardo holding on to P4 and Red Bull continuing their surge toward overtaking Ferrari and looks set to do so in the next few races.

Although Hamilton scampered off into the distance after the race began, Rosberg again looked troubled by his car in the wet echoing the issues he had in Monaco. After switching to Intermediate tyres Verstappen pushed and overtook Rosberg, holding on to P2 for the early phase of the race. Rosberg would eventually reclaim P2 but the victory was never on the cards as Lewis controlled the pace comfortably.

Both Force India drivers finished in the points, pulling toward Williams in the championship who failed to claim any points. Similarly Kimi Raikkonen was able to lock down P5 for Ferrari, their silver-lining after Vettel struggled in the mid-field after being handed a penalty for changing his gearbox before the race and leaving the track a number of times in slippery conditions.

Finding themselves out of positions, Massa fought on the outside of Vettel who tried to close the door on his opponent but lost traction and both cars slide off the road. Despite the similarities to Rosberg's defending move in Austria last race, Vettel was handed a five-second penalty.

The British crowd certainly hadn't forgiven not forgotten about the incident between the Mercedes drivers last race, booing Rosberg when he emerged on the podium and again during his interview. Mark Webber, who conducted the interviews, tried to calm the crowd and encourage a positive spirit, but it's clear that they were there to see a Hamilton victory and he certainly delivered.

Update: Rosberg was deemed to have been aided by the team and had ten seconds added to his race time, dropping him to P3 and reducing his championship lead to just one point.