And so the British Grand Prix is in the books, with another Lewis Hamilton victory for Mercedes – his fourth this season and fourth in a row at Silverstone – but with late-race drama spicing up an otherwise lackluster afternoon.
Hamilton’s win was the capper on an afternoon where teammate Valtteri Bottas surged from ninth to second in an excellent comeback drive, Daniel Ricciardo came from near last to fifth, while Ferrari’s race came unglued in the final few laps with a pair of left front tire issues.
Check out the recap of all these stories and more in the post-race edition of the NBC Sports Group original digital series, Paddock Pass, as NBCSN pit reporter and insider Will Buxton wraps up the weekend.
Further Paddock Pass episodes from the weekend are linked below.
Here’s Sunday’s show, below.
Lewis Hamilton believes that this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will be remembered as the last race with good-looking Formula 1 cars ahead of the introduction of the ‘Halo’ cockpit protection for next year.
Officials from the FIA and F1 Strategy Group confirmed earlier this year that the Halo would be fitted to all cars from the 2018 season in a bid to improve safety standards, with the deaths of Justin Wilson and Jules Bianchi putting head protection high on the agenda for the series’ chiefs.
Hamilton has long made his opposition to the Halo clear, believing it will ruin the look of F1 cars, and echoed his thoughts ahead of the final Halo-less race in Abu Dhabi this weekend.
“It’s the last year of looking good I think in the cars. It’s the last race where the cars will look good,” Hamilton said.
“I think next year, it’s all downhill from there in terms of how they look.
“But safety will go up at least, and maybe it could be successful in some way.”
Hamilton’s F1 title rival Sebastian Vettel was less bothered about the change, believing the field will adjust and move on.
“The cars will look different next year. Everything I’ve seen so far looks different, but on the other hand it is something we all get used to,” Vettel said.
“But no doubt the cars look better now, but we’ll get used to it, and we’ll work on the aesthetics so it can be better. It is less of a big deal.”
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo shared Vettel’s view, saying: “I don’t think it’s gonna be as dramatic as most people make it out to be.”