The British Grand Prix featured close racing between Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen, impressive recovery drives by Valtteri Bottas and Daniel Ricciardo – and a shock development in the final few laps.
But F1 Fanatic readers rated it 6.6 out of ten, making this one of the less popular races at Silverstone over the last ten years. Here’s why.
We got some proper ding dong wheel to wheel battles, interesting strategies in play, and late race drama. No battle for the lead is disappointing but still solid.
A lively start and a good battle between Verstappen and Vettel. Vettel and Bottas was interesting for a while and then the excitement of the last two laps. Would have been better with a rain shower or two.
Ricciardo and Bottas both drove well coming through the field. I thought the win for Hamilton was a foregone conclusion though after the safety car restart.
Phil Norman (@Phil-f1-21)
Some typically tasty action between Vettel and Verstappen, and Bottas kept it interesting with his alternate strategy. Dramatic ending with both Ferrari’s suffering tyre failures, looks like a set-up related thing to me. Good race in my view.
James Brickles (@Brickles)
Ferrari’s troubles left some of you feeling deflated (sorry):
I think it was not much different from Austria to be honest. Just a little bit more action, like the fight of Verstappen and Vettel. But other than that, all other fights were heavily unequal. I don’t care about Bottas overtaking Haas mid-straight. And I can’t be bothered about Ricciardo driving by cars as if they are standing still. I want to see real fights, and other than Verstappen/Vettel, I haven’t seen any.
Then seeing a race result end due to car failure, tyre failure, whatever, I absolutely do not enjoy. It leaves a bad taste, especially when it happens in the final laps. Like Le Mans last year. I enjoyed the beginning of this season so much, with real fights between Mercedes and Ferrari. Fights for the win. That’s what I want to see. But yet again, Ferrari shows they are not competitive when it comes to in-season car development.
Others felt the inevitability of the pit stops detracted from the action:
I’ve always found tyre strategy to be really dull and I’ve always hated seeing races decided in the pits via tyre/fuel strategy.
I want to see racing done on the track, i want to see overtaking done on the track so seeing them have to pit for mandatory stops and all that has always been a big turn off for me since 1994.
this race was looking good early on and it was purely down to pit stops that ruined this race as it killed the great on track fighting we were seeing beforehand and stung the field out which led to less racing from then on. same thing happens in IndyCar, good racing which green flag pit cycles always ruin.
However Max Verstappen’s first finish in four races was good news for some:
Now I really noticed how we dearly missed Verstappen the last races. Adding some needed taste to the race.
Rate the Race: The Twitter verdict
Those who attended the race found more to enjoy about it:
I don't have many things I enjoy so much, but #F1 is definitely one of those
— Orch. (@andreworch) July 16, 2017
— Bootdisk (@bootdisk) July 16, 2017
— Daniel Way 🇬🇧 (@LordWay7) July 16, 2017
— Daniel Johnson (@danthetrainman) July 16, 2017
— Alex Crouch (@Alex_Crouch_92) July 16, 2017
Kids made own way to F1 so excited, but came back in shock & nearly in tears after hearing anger and hostility aimed at Vettel.Feel for them
— Jas Thandi (@Jas_Thandi_SSC) July 16, 2017
Silverstone showed its class as one of the finest GP circuits today. Now desperately need BRDC & Liberty to hammer out a deal post 2019 #F1
— Ian Campbell (@Ianthesunlover) July 16, 2017
"We all need to pull together and make sure SilverstoneUK stays!"
You heard the man! 💪 #BritishGP Vía MercedesAMGF1
— Mostacho Perez (@MostachoPerez) July 16, 2017
There just has to be a #BritishGP next season, fantastic race.
— Nicholas Tomley (@leroy_nick) July 16, 2017
Great weekend @ the #BritishGP throughly deserved win from Lewis. Crowd were amazing all weekend! Surely cannot lose this event!?!?
— Jack Williams (@Jack_Journo) July 16, 2017
— ❥ 生まれ変わったらまた逢おう (@JenRomance) July 16, 2017
Finally caught the end of the F1 today, what a finish with the tyres, loving this seasons racing
— Laura Healey (@LauraJH55) July 16, 2017
F1 race was a bit boring today, the problems with the game Ferrari tyres in the last laps were the only excitement
— july 21 fam (@bloodygraphites) July 16, 2017
— George Dudley (@splendidred) July 16, 2017
— Jesse Gamble ⭐️ (@jessegamble) July 16, 2017
— Leigh Kinder (@leigh_kinder) July 16, 2017
Ferrari got boned today, good race tho #F1
— nick (@godlrod2) July 16, 2017
Ferrari has been ever more on the backfoot vs Merc. I don't think we're in for an as thrilling 2nd half of the season as we'd hope #F1
Well THAT was an intense finish!
Sometimes it's tough being a Ferrari fan.#BritishGP
— Tracy Powell (@DammitTracy) July 16, 2017
Wow! The last 2 laps of the #BritishGP unravelled for Ferrari. Flat tires for both cars – unbelievable.
— MR. SHAUN WILLETT (@MrShaunWillett) July 16, 2017
Just got to watching the #BritishGP, man what a tire nightmare for Ferrari =(
— WogerLabby (@Woger_Dog) July 16, 2017
— Kate Edwards (@Bikewriter) July 16, 2017
— Nicholas Roznovsky (@modernishfather) July 16, 2017
— Remy Bergsma (@remybergsma) July 16, 2017
Remind me not to watch F1 again, god it is boring. Club level racing is in a different league for entertainment and excitement.
— lee mcnair (@leeteg79) July 16, 2017
The #BritishGP was actually lit. Congrats to Hamilton. But Ferrari's strategy ruined the race for Vettel. Poor call today.
— CalmAfrican (@peter_emeraghi) July 16, 2017
— Light Speed (@lightspeed65) July 16, 2017
What a crazy F1 finish. Wow
— VERSACE SAVATGY (@versacesavatgy) July 16, 2017
We are halfway through the season and no one has won back to back races…incredible! #BritishGP
— Fifetoyi (@fifetoyi) July 16, 2017
Just finished watching the @F1 Silverstone race (recorded for us USA west coasters). Wow! What a race. Ferrari had some crazy luck.
— Hitman (@Hitman1094) July 16, 2017
Just caught up with the race and bloody hell that ending was thrilling, I love Silverstone, never fails to disappoint #BritishGP
— neeb (@muneeb_asad19) July 16, 2017
— Y_FIH (@Y_FIH) July 16, 2017
— Indiana Green🇫🇮 (@heart_tatooine) July 16, 2017
— Christopher Davidson (@teestop) July 16, 2017
Keep the British Grand Prix at Silverstone #BritishGP
— Justin Dimodica-H (@justind703) July 16, 2017
— m/ (Ο﹏Ο) m/ (@EdVanTassell) July 16, 2017
What a stunning #BritishGP today, good work by everyone at both Mercedes factories for giving Lewis and Bottas podium-worthy cars!
— Will Feavyour (@NextLevelMaths) July 16, 2017
— Stuart Williamson (@Stuey_85) July 16, 2017
Another top weekend at F1, tomorrow normal service resumes
— Aaron Hart (@Aaronhart100) July 16, 2017
What a day at Silverstone, one of the best weekends of my life. #BritishGP
— Karlis Pauzers (@KarlisPauzers) July 16, 2017
Said it before but 2017 is easily the best season since 2012, for me. So pleasing the new rules have worked more often than not. #F1
— Nick Chenery (@SportyPigF1) July 16, 2017
— Thomas Dominic (@thomastd40) July 16, 2017
— rookief1 (@rookief1) July 16, 2017
Just like the tennis, boring and predictable #BritishGP
— Marek Taylor (@ReallyMarek) July 16, 2017
— Lorna (@louloufaz) July 16, 2017
2017 Rate the Race Results
|2017 Australian Grand Prix||6.408|
|2017 Chinese Grand Prix||7.534|
|2017 Bahrain Grand Prix||7.957|
|2017 Russian Grand Prix||4.900|
|2017 Spanish Grand Prix||7.869|
|2017 Monaco Grand Prix||4.936|
|2017 Canadian Grand Prix||7.545|
|2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix||8.790|
|2017 Austrian Grand Prix||5.821|
|2017 British Grand Prix||6.625|
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2017 British Grand Prix
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- 2017 British Grand Prix team radio transcript