A dominant Lewis Hamilton enjoyed the perfect Sunday at Silverstone, claiming a record-equalling fifth British Grand Prix win to cut Sebastian Vettel's world championship lead to a solitary point as both Ferrari drivers suffered dramatic late punctures.
After qualifying on pole, Hamilton led from start to finish on home soil as he joined Jim Clark and Alain Prost as a five-time winner of the race.
And the Briton had even more reason to celebrate when Vettel picked up a puncture on the penultimate lap and dropped from third to seventh as a result.
Remarkably, Vettel's team-mate Kimi Raikkonen fell victim to the same fate a lap earlier, Ferrari's misery enabling Valtteri Bottas to complete a Mercedes one-two despite starting from ninth following a grid penalty.
Vettel was overtaken by Red Bull's Max Verstappen on an eventful opening lap that ended with the safety car being deployed following a collision between Toro Rosso drivers Daniel Kvyat and Carlos Sainz Jr.
As Hamilton pulled clear at the head of the field, Vettel remained stuck behind Verstappen until lap 20, when Ferrari successfully pulled off an under-cut in the pitstops.
Such an early stop would ultimately cost the four-time world champion, however, as Bottas charged past him, before his front-left tyre deflated in the final stages, meaning Verstappen took fourth and Red Bull colleague Daniel Ricciardo claimed fifth having cut through the field from the back of the grid.
"HE WANTS TO PLAY BUMPER CARS OR SOMETHING!"
It is fair to say Vettel and Verstappen are not the best of friends - with the former frequently critical of the youngster's aggressive driving style.
The duo produced the most thrilling moment of Sunday's race on lap 14, Verstappen ultimately clinging on to third place after he and Vettel had gone wheel to wheel through a series of corners.
"He wants to play bumper cars or something," said Verstappen over team radio following the daring battle.
Vettel eventually got past Verstappen as the pair pitted on laps 19 and 20 respectively.
However, Vettel's late puncture meant Verstappen finished the higher, the latter coming in for a late stop of his own amid concerns over his tyres.
PALMER, SAINZ ENDURE EARLY EXITS AMID DOUBTS OVER FUTURE
Ahead of the race, speculation swirled over the futures of Sainz and Jolyon Palmer, with the Toro Rosso man reportedly being lined up to replace the Briton at Renault in a mid-season switch.
Should this prove to be either man's last race for their current team, they could hardly have bowed out on a more miserable note.
Palmer did not even complete the formation lap, due to a lack of hydraulic pressure.
Sainz was then taken out on lap one by team-mate Kvyat, prompting the Spaniard to sarcastically state over team radio: "You can tell Dany he did a very good job there."
Kvyat was duly handed a drive-through penalty and finished well down the field in 15th.
FIFTH GRAND SLAM FOR SILVERSTONE KING LEWIS
Hamilton's total dominance of the weekend was underlined by the fact he completed the fifth grand slam of his career - securing pole position, the race win, the fastest lap and the lead after every lap.
Only Clark (8) has achieved the feat on more occasions, with Hamilton now joining Michael Schumacher and Alberto Ascari in second on the all-time list.
HAMILTON GETS FANS ONSIDE, BOOSTS SILVERSTONE CAUSE
"I'm coming over there to crowd surf - be ready for me," said a gleeful Hamilton on the podium as he saluted the fans at his home race.
Hamilton's name was booed at an F1 event in London's Trafalgar Square on Friday, which he chose to controversially snub, so it was perhaps no surprise to see the 32-year-old on a charm offensive after securing victory.
The vocal support of Hamilton on Sunday from a huge crowd could yet play a part in helping Silverstone secure races beyond 2019, amid increasing uncertainty over the venue's future in F1.
Silverstone's owners activated a break clause in their contract earlier this week, but F1's decision-makers are sure to have been impressed by the spectators' enthusiasm during the sport's best-attended weekend.
IN THE POINTS
1. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
2. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) +14.063 seconds
3. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) +36.570s
4. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) +52.125s
5. Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) +65.955s
6. Nico Hulkenberg (Renault) +68.109s
7. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) +93.989s
8. Esteban Ocon (Force India) +1 lap
9. Sergio Perez (Force India) +1 lap
10. Felipe Massa (Williams) +1 lap
1. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) - 177
2. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) - 176 (-1)
3. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) - 154 (-23)
4. Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) - 117 (-60)
5. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) - 98 (-79)
1. Mercedes - 330
2. Ferrari – 275 (-55)
3. Red Bull – 174 (-156)
4. Force India – 95 (-235)
5. Williams – 41 (-289)
The second half of the season begins in Hungary in a fortnight's time, where Hamilton has won more than any other driver, with Vettel now under maximum pressure at the top of the drivers' standings.
|Kuyt lauds ´exciting´ Salah|
|MLS Review: Wright-Phillips lifts Red Bulls, Crew win again|
|Philadelphia´s young stars fuel win over Timberwolves|
|Halep exits as Kerber, Azarenka win through|
|Rangers coach Johnson hit in face by foul ball|
|Federer falls as Zverev, Kyrgios progress in Miami|
|CA to investigate ball-tampering incident|
|Clarke not ruling out Australia return|
|Jaguares upset Lions in Buenos Aires|
|Clarke slams ´disgraceful´ Australia over ball-tampering|
|Spurs star Kane the world´s best player, claims Son|
|Whyte calls out Wilder after dispatching Browne|
|Federer to skip clay-court season again|
|Cardiff maintain winning streak, Leinster beaten|
|Montpellier march on, Brive climb off the bottom|
|De Gea and Ter Stegen criticise World Cup ball|
|Kisner thrashes Poulter to set up Thomas Match Play semi-final|
|Kokkinakis stuns Federer in Miami|
|Neymar to Real Madrid stories a media game, says PSG´s Pastore|
|Falcons rise to the occasion at St James´ Park|
|Celtics´ Irving to return in three to six weeks after surgery|
|Poulter forgets Oosthuizen´s Masters nightmare|
|Miami Open organisers unaware of Wozniacki abuse|
|FA condemns England supporters after trouble in Amsterdam|
|Warriors star Curry´s regular season over after MCL sprain|
|Radwanska stuns Halep to open up Miami draw|
|This is the real Michy - Batshuayi back on track at Dortmund|
|Atherton, Waqar, Du Plessis and now Bancroft - A brief history of ball tampering in cricket|
|Sweden 1 Chile 2: Bolados strikes late winner on debut|
|Stormers hold off rallying Reds at Newlands|
|Italy to name new coach in May, Costacurta confirms|
|Garcia eliminated as Thomas´ Match Play charge continues|
|Wozniacki demands action after Miami Open abuse|
|Smith will not stand down as Australia captain, despite role in Bancroft ball-tampering plot|
|Canada 1 New Zealand 0: Herdman enjoys winning start thanks to Ricketts|
|I saw an opportunity to change the ball condition - Bancroft|
|Wilshere withdraws from England squad to face Italy|
|Colombia collapse a slap for France, says Giroud|
|Vazquez wants Spain to face Messi|
|Gotze, Sahin mentoring Jadon Sancho at Dortmund|
|Low to make changes for Brazil friendly as injured Can heads home|
|Conti targets Milan derby for injury return|
|Bancroft charged over ball-tampering incident|
|Bancroft faces ball-tampering allegations as South Africa take control of third Test|
|F1 Raceweek: Hamilton out to make pole count, Ricciardo ready to fight|
|Northern Ireland 2 South Korea 1: Son frustrated as World Cup preparations stutter|
|Olympiacos & Nottingham Forest owner denies any wrongdoing over drug trafficking charges|
|I´ll dance with the fans - Gayle ready to party in Harare|
|Two games in two days! Ireland´s Doyle returns from Turkey to play for Bradford|
|Bancroft caught up in ball-tampering row|
|Everything is fine again! Khedira offers positive fitness update|
|Puyol ´doesn´t see any problem´ with Neymar joining Real Madrid|
|Spain already know their team - Sampaoli seeks Argentina certainty|
|No offers for ´happy´ Bellerin, insists Arsenal full-back´s agent|
|F1 teams up with Netflix for documentary series|
|Iker is trembling already! - Ramos hunting down Casillas´ cap record|
|Warriors leave it late to preserve winning start, Hayne injures hip|
|Silva leaves Spain squad for personal reasons|
|Egypt coach Cuper declares Salah among world´s best|
|A-League Review: Simon haunts managerless Mariners, Jakobsen opens City account|
|Ricciardo: I´ve been shot in the ankle before season has even started|
|Alvarez temporarily suspended over positive test|
|Ronaldo trumps Salah, Messi missing - winners and losers from Friday´s internationals|
|Giggs wants Bale to stay at Real Madrid|
|Canes end Highlanders´ winning run|
|Bottas ´sorry´ for qualifying crash|
|Muller and Ozil set to miss Brazil friendly|
|´I wanted to wipe the smile off your face´ - Hamilton-Vettel rivalry already simmering|
|Ramos hails Spain´s belief after Germany draw|
|Buffon not ready to walk away as Italy look to the future|