Lewis Hamilton mastered the safety conditions at Silverstone to win the British Grand Prix, bringing down the deficit to championship leader Nico Rosberg to just four points.
With heavy showers hitting the track about 20 minutes before the start of the race, the five six laps took place under the safety car conditions.
As soon as the track went green, nearly half the field dived into the pits for intermediate tyres, including the Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo.
But the strategy would prove to be sub-optimal as Pascal Wehrlein beached his car in the gravel a lap later, bringing out the virtual safety car.
With the race neutralised again, the top three runners, namely, Hamilton, Rosberg and Verstappen, finally pitted for option tyres and established a comfortable buffer over the rest of the field.
Sergio Perez was another driver who benefitted by pitting a lap later, jumping from 10th to fourth place.
Meanwhile, Verstappen started a charge on Rosberg, eventually reeling him with an emphatic move at Becketts.
As conditions started to begin to dry, Sebastian Vettel was the first driver to pit for slick tyres, with the rest of the field quickly following through.
And although it was an inspired choice by the German, he spun at turn 1, dropping outside the top 10. He was further handed a time penalty for pushing Felipe Massa off the track as they battled for position.
Back in front, Hamilton continued to control the proceedings, eventually winning the race by 10 seconds.
Rosberg eventually managed to retake second position from Verstappen, but is under investigations by the stewards for an alleged breach of FIA-imposed radio restrictions. The German driver ran into a gearbox issue late in the race, with the team instructing him how to deal with the situation.
Daniel Ricciardo finished in fourth place ahead of Kimi Raikkonen, both overtaking Sergio Perez in the dry conditions to demote the Mexican to sixth place.
Nico Hulkenberg finished behind his Force India teammate in seventh place, with Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz again impressing in eighth.
Vettel ended a lowly ninth after a troubled race with Daniil Kvyat completing the top 10.
by Rachit Thukral