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Summary

  1. Hamilton wins brilliantly after rain in latter stages
  2. Rosberg 2nd, Vettel 3rd, Massa 4th
  3. Both Williams over take both Mercedes at start
  4. Huge cheers as Hamilton retakes lead after dramatic start
  5. Button, Grosjean, Maldonado, Nasr, Verstappen, Ricciardo, Sainz out
  6. Use live coverage tab to catch-up on the race

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By Jamie Strickland

All times stated are UK

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Thanks and goodbye

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It's time, I fear, for us to sign off now. That was a totally absorbing British Grand Prix, with the unpredictable weather only adding spice to what was already an intriguing battle between Mercedes and Williams.

In the end, the class of world champion Lewis Hamilton told. He not only got the jump on his rivals in the first round of pit stops, but then made a simply outstanding call to go onto the intermediate tyre just as the rain fell in earnest.

On such spur-of-the-moment calls are world titles won.

The Mercedes man now boasts a 17-point lead over team-mate Nico Rosberg heading into the three-week break before Hungary.

Yes, three weeks! That's 21 days! Or 504 hours! Or 30,204 minutes!

How will we cope?

See you on the other side.

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New chapter in Button's Silverstone misery

It's fair to say Jenson Button's expectations were not high heading into today's race given the performance to date of the lamentable McLaren, but retiring just three laps into the grand prix - speared by his out-of-control team-mate - managed to duck under even those lowest of hopes.

After 16 goes at his home race dating back to 2000, the Briton remains without a Silverstone podium, with three fourth-placed finishes (the first coming at BAR in 2004) his best performances

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Lucy: Bye for now Silverstone.

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"Excitement in the extreme"

Eddie Jordan

BBC F1 chief analyst

"It was a classic day. Everyone here is united in praise for Silverstone and the winner himself was magic. He did everything perfect. The restart was the moment for me, excitement in the extreme. I loved every minute of it."

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Alison Stowers: Boys on the track at silverstone

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Hamilton revelled in wet conditions

Lewis Hamilton is chinwagging with Suzi Perry and co on F1 Forum. Here is what he has had to say: "The vibe, energy is electrifying. It was so difficult out there. So tricky. When you are the first driver you are the first to see the conditions. I was struggling with understeer but I knew I had to come in. I saw the drops on my visor and knew I had to go in.

"It is a lottery, sometimes you get it right and sometimes you get it wrong. When I had got the wets on, that is my ground, I enjoy that. I felt comfortable by the end.

"I still have some work to do, but to be up there amongst the greats, I am really fortunate."

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Howden Ganley klaxon!

McLaren on Twitter: Quick #BrandCentre meet 'n' greet for 2 McLaren legends: Howden Ganley & Martin Brundle.

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Watch: race highlights

Auntie Beeb doesn't hang around when she's watched an exciting grand prix.

She's already clipped up nine minutes of Silverstone highlights for you to enjoy.

Re-live the fun and games here.

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RoninMusic: A brilliant end to a brilliant weekend. Thank you for having us Silverstone. Now, track invasion!

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Re-live Massa's stunning start

Still trying to work out how Massa made that stunning getaway? So are we.

It's well worth another look.

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MyLondonHome: On the track at Vale!

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John Johnstone: Our turn on the track! Only pedestrian speed.

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Eddie Jordan

BBC F1 chief analyst

I think one of the most exciting parts of the season so far was the period after the restart. The strategy call was gold dust. Nico probably said to himself: 'thank goodness he got this call wrong, he went in one lap early'. But he didn't, it was inspired."

Mercedes tie 62-year-old record

Mercedes have become the first team since the early 1950s to get two cars on the podium in nine consecutive races.

Ferrari achieved the feat, albeit with a four-car line-up, across the 1952-53 seasons.

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Other aftershaves are available

Paul Donald on Twitter: F1 got posh litter.

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Eddie Jordan

BBC F1 chief analyst

"Lewis is on another level. The championship last year made him much stronger, gave him that steely fight in his eyes. He walks through the paddock with that little strut. He knows he is the best."

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Rob Ellington: On the track after the Silverstone Grand Prix.

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Hamilton's 'incredible day'

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More from Lewis Hamilton: "It doesn't seem real. I have to pinch myself. An incredible day. I didn't know how it was going to go. I thought when it started to rain the heavens was not going to make it easy to me. Nico was catching me and I chose to come in and change the tyres and thankfully it was the right choice.

"It would be great if the trophy was solid gold but to be up there with Brabham, Stewart, Clark. It is just crazy and to think that way past my time Hamilton will be on there makes me proud."

Rocky and The Karate Kid have got nowt on us

Those boffins over on BBC One have just signed off that brilliant race with an utterly brilliant montage to Baba O'Riley by The Who.

Bleeding marvellous. Gave me goosebumps.

Lovely.

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David Coulthard

BBC F1 co-commentator

"We were fortunate in that Williams managed to jump Mercedes. Changeable conditions mixes things up. There was some talk they would have sprinklers around the tracks some years ago, we don't want to see gimmicks like that but the changeable conditions helped today."

Rosberg buzzing after exciting race

A bit more from Nico Rosberg: "It was not nice at one point. I could not get by the Williams but then it was cool, it was a great race when it started to drizzle, that gave me the opportunity to pass both Williams and then hunt down Lewis. I was believing I was going to get him but then the rain came more and Lewis made the right call. I thought it was wrong at first.

"It was exciting at times, a lot going on, if you ask the 140,000 people around the track if F1 is exciting they would give a big cheer."

Jordan slams 'arrogant' McLaren

Eddie Jordan

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On McLaren's struggles: "None of us really know the full answer but, in my opinion, McLaren have been quite arrogant or aggressive in the way they have approached it. They need to be more humble. The engine and the team have not performed to the way we know they can."

And lo, the Earth did continue to spin on its axis

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What a shining beauty

Lewis Hamilton has been complaining about F1 trophies lately.

But there is no way on earth he's going to be unhappy with this gorgeous specimen.

I wonder how many car washes that would buy Niki Lauda?

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Lotuses lacked 'common sense' - Alonso

Fernando Alonso, who finished 10th: "I am not so excited. I know it is important for the team morale and motivation for everyone. The team is focused on the job, it is a long-term project but there are no magic solutions.

"It was an unbelievable start. The two Lotus were far too aggressive at Turn 3. I ended up in a spin and touched Jenson Button. Common sense [needed] I think."

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Travis: Today was more down to poor luck, but I can see Hulkenberg or Bottas taking his seat at some point.

Craig W. Bickerstaff: I'd like to see Kimi keep his seat for 2016 when the car could be more competitive vs the Mercedes.

Derek McCord: I think Hulkenberg needs a chance in a front running car.

'It was a big struggle in the end'

Valtteri Bottas, who finished fifth: "We really struggled in the wet, I could not any grip or heat in the tyre. Not easy in the end. It was a big struggle in the end. Another weekend to learn from but the pace at the beginning was a real positive."

New record for Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton has set new record for consecutive F1 races led by racking up number 18 today.

That beats Sir Jackie Stewart's long-standing record, the Scot having managed 17 in succession while driving for Matra and Tyrrell in 1969-70.

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Massa laments poor wet performance

Felipe Massa, who finished fourth: "It was a fantastic start but the second stop we made was the worst. We lost the opportunity then to be on the podium and also the rain showed we are not so competitive in the wet."

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Nick Bennetts: For such an unpredictable race, an unpredictable finishing result would've made this race even better.

Edson Charikinya: Williams should have let Bottas pass Massa early on in the race he had the pace.

Kyle Mclaren: Great race today but looking forward to the day that other drivers are on the podium.

Didn't he do well?

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David Coulthard

BBC F1 co-commentator

"It is very difficult not to be biased. What Nico did in Austria was fantastic - world championship material - but Lewis is box-office. We thought he had made a mistake at the restart and then we were unsure about his decision with the tyres but that was inspired. A great day for British motorsport.

"You have to feel for Nico because whatever he tries he is just coming up a little short."

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Peter Hamilton: Very disappointing for Williams, delighted for Sebastian Vettel and getting a bit tired of a Mercedes P1/P2.

Greg: There's something very special about the British GP. Always gives great racing and a great atmosphere.

Marc Patterson: For the first time in a long time, that was a great race. Congrats Lewis Hamilton. Shame for Williams though.

A familiar scene

No, you are not suffering from deja vu.

This is the sixth time in nine races this season that the podium has been occupied by Hamilton, Rosberg and Vettel.

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'It was Lewis's call to come in' - Wolff

Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff: "It was Lewis's call to come in. We gave him the option. He did it at the perfect time and that gave him the edge.

"Williams were very quick, they both had a superb start and then it was impossible to overtake them, but when the weather got a bit more trickier that helped us."

On the 'fake' pit stop: "Sometimes you have to play the little games but they did not swallow the dummy."

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Rain key to podium - Vettel

Sebastian Vettel, who finished third: "Without the rain we would not be on the podium. We kept our head down and were patient enough until the rain poured down. That is England for you. We made the right choices and the team did a great job."

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Hamilton got emotional on last lap

More from Lewis Hamilton: "I am so elated you cannot imagine. I teared up on the last lap hoping I could do it for all the guys. Thanks for all the support. Now let's party,"

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Hamilton made the better call - Rosberg

Nico Rosberg, who finished second: "I was pushing hard to try and catch Lewis under difficult conditions but he made the better call and that is where I lost it. Fair play to him."

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'I made the perfect choice tyre-wise'

British Grand Prix winner Lewis Hamilton: "Thank you everyone for coming out today and making my weekend. I really wanted to do it for you guys. I am so thankful for all the support. I could see all the fans on every lap in the corner of my eye and they spurred me on.

"My clutch was good, we had quite poor grip at the start, the same for Nico but it made the race more exciting. I just kept pushing. For the first time in my career I made the perfect choice tyre-wise."

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