Sebastian Vettel roared past the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas to win an action-packed British Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton fought up from the back of the field to finish second.
Reigning champion Hamilton drove masterfully to recover from a first-lap collision with Vettel’s Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, but fell just short of winning a record sixth race on his home track.
Mercedes opted not to pit both their drivers after the first safety car break, and the decision promoted Bottas, who began the race in second place, to the lead ahead of Vettel, while it gained Hamilton two places on the track, promoting him to third ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Raikkonen.
In the end the gamble paid off for Hamilton as it won him crucial points in his title fight with Vettel, limiting the damage that could have been caused after his first lap wheel spin.
The strategy however failed with Bottas, who ran out of tyres and was passed by Vettel, Hamilton and Raikkonen before the end of the race.
Hamilton is now eight points behind Vettel in the championship as the season approaches its halfway point.
Next up is the German GP at Hockenheim on the weekend of 20-22 July