A fabulous drive from both Ferrari drivers result in a victory, 3rd place and an extended lead in both F1 championships.
Qualifying was much closer than in Austria, Vettel set an awesome lap early in Q3 but Hamilton improved just a fraction in his home race. He took pole followed by the two Ferraris and Bottas in fourth. Ferrari and Mercedes are now equals in qualifying, which is a fantastic and surprising improvement. The main reason seems to be a redesigned floor.
Wheelspin for Lewis immediately sent Vettel into the lead of the race. Bottas passed through as well but when Kimi tried to take advantage of the fan favourite’s poor start, he locked up his wheel into T3, made contact and turned Hamilton around. This mistake cost Kimi a 10 second penalty and that was a fair penalty, Lewis left enough room but he simply locked up and that just happens in racing on the limits. Especially at the start with cold tires.
Vettel controlled his lead over Bottas and made the pitstop at the right time. When Ericcson crashed heavily Vettel made a second stop under Safety Car while Mercedes stayed out. At the green flag the order was Bottas-Vettel-Hamilton-Verstappen-Raïkkönen. Kimi had a fantastic fight with Verstappen for P4, but the Dutchman had a late problem that ended his weekend. Seb had new tires compared to Bottas so he could take on the fight for the win. After a couple risky tries, he managed to pass the Mercedes to take back his lead. Bottas fell back to P4 which meant the end result was Vettel-Hamilton-Raïkkönen.
A Ferrari win, a double podium, an increased lead in the Driver championship for Vettel and an increased lead in the constructors championship for Scuderia Ferrari. Silverstone was a success, will Hockenheim be as kind?