Where to start? A circuit that we had been led to believe would prohibit many overtaking moves in actual fact produced a plethora of memorable passing manoeuvres on Sunday.
There was the sight right from the very off, as Hamilton moved up from sixth to fourth within the first four corners of the opening lap. Williams driver Valtteri Bottas was even more impressive; the Finn sliced up the field in front of him to finish as runner-up behind the Briton, having started the race all the way down in 14th on the grid.
Elsewhere, Ricciardo in the Red Bull also caught the eye after jumping up from eighth to third. However, the most absorbing battle of the day involved Alonso and Vettel—two drivers with six drivers’ championships between them.
The experienced duo fought ferociously for fifth spot for a whole 15 laps at Silverstone, with neither prepared to give an inch and both complaining vociferously over the radio about the other’s apparent illegal tactics.
In the end, however, it was the German who got the better of the Spaniard, although it should also be noted that Alonso had managed to fight his way up from a lowly 16th position thanks to a series of outstanding overtaking manoeuvres himself.