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This was a close one, a battle royale between Ferrari and Mercedes around Silverstone’s flat-out sweeps on a scorching summer day. The two fastest Formula 1 cars of all time stretched their legs, straining their mechanical sinews and the outcome depended upon the smallest details, some of merit, others luck.
Sebastian Vettel won it – maybe with some help from a safety car – but the timing of it meant he had to grab the victory back off his race-long challenger Valtteri Bottas, whereas if it had just played out uninterrupted, his late race would have been a defensive rather than attacking one. He’d probably have won it anyway.