Record crowds at the British Grand Prix were treated to a thrilling weekend, as Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel both shone in a battle befitting of their immense talent.
Hamilton took a record sixth pole position at Silverstone, edging Vettel by a slender 0.044s on Saturday. The Brit described the session as one of his “toughest ever.”
Sunday would prove even tougher, and this time, in a fight against adversity. A poor launch from Hamilton dropped him to third place. Heading into Village side-by-side with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, the Finn locked his front-right wheel, hit Hamilton and pitched the home favourite into a spin.
From the back of the field, Hamilton fought back to an eventual second place, beaten only by his chief rival Vettel.
Safety car interventions in what was a chaotic second half of the race complicated Vettel’s race. It took a dive to the inside at Brooklands to pass Valtteri Bottas for the win, with Mercedes having engineered the Finn into the lead by not making a second pitstop.
With plenty to digest, here are the DRIVER RATINGS for the 2018 British Grand Prix.