Mercedes chief Toto Wolff believes that Sunday’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone brought out the very best in Formula 1 as Lewis Hamilton swept to a popular home victory.
The race started behind the safety car after a rain shower in the lead up to lights out, with the damp track offering a challenge to all of the drivers.
Hamilton managed to keep his cool and score a third consecutive victory at Silverstone, with Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg eventually being classified P3 after a post-race penalty.
“This afternoon was Formula 1 at its best,” Wolff said.
“Probably the best fans in the world, a wet-dry race, loads of incidents and overtaking, and a fantastic home winner at the end of it all.”
Wolff heaped praise upon Hamilton after seeing the Briton dominate proceedings at his home grand prix.
“On days like this, Lewis is unstoppable,” Wolff said. “He pulled the gap in the early laps, we made the perfect call on the strategy, then he controlled the race from there. He was calm all day, had everything under control and just nailed the race. Brilliant.
“For Nico, it was a bit trickier: running in the spray in the wet always costs lap time, then he had a long battle with Max [Verstappen].
“He lost out on the intermediates, but then was able to hunt him down after switching to the dry tyres and pulled off a great outside move into Stowe, one of the fastest points on the circuit.
“In the final laps, he was stuck in seventh gear, which was clearly a critical problem that would have resulted in failure.”
Mercedes responded to this issue by giving Rosberg instructions over the radio, which were deemed to be in breach of the sporting regulations, resulting in a 10-second time penalty for the German.
As a result, Rosberg will arrive in Budapest for the Hungarian Grand Prix later this month just one point clear of Hamilton in the drivers’ championship.