Asked whether keeping track of DRS through Turn 1 was tricky, Hamilton said: "It's not tricky, no". Vettel said the Sainz had completely understood what had happened, was relaxed about it and said it was no problem, but the stewards still felt the need to act. This left Hamilton 7.7 seconds ahead of Verstappen when a Virtual Safety Car was deployed to allow for Bottas' car to be removed.
"Every driver is different, and I've never worked with Lewis so I don't know what makes him tick, but it seems a fairly weird thing for someone to need to do - to throw themselves under the bus to motivate a driver to go from fourth back into the lead", Horner said.
Four-time world champion Hamilton complained: "This track is the bumpiest I've ever been on".
A record sixth British Grand Prix victory this weekend would see Hamilton regain the championship lead from Sebastian Vettel, with the Ferrari man leading by a point after nine races. Had he started from third on the grid, where he originally qualified, he would have been in an ideal position to capitalise on the retirement of the two Mercedes drivers and finish ahead of eventual race victor Max Verstappen. "Historically it has not been a very strong track for us". The next race will be held at Silverstone on July 8, 2018.
"The Ferraris look really competitive; I expect us to find more performance for tomorrow, but it is going to be really close". If we make sure we do things correctly and deliver 100 percent I believe we'll outperform the others. It's just part of our sport. Ferrari and Red Bull have lost points. "It's a real privilege for me and I was just watching some of the replays of previous year and if you look at the end when it shows you all of the positions and obviously to see the Union Jack up there is always a great feeling". I think we have to be very honest with ourselves and our fans that this is going to be a journey. I don't know if that's two or 10, or somewhere in-between.
"I just drive the cars", said Alonso.
"So they have never been in a position - or the management of the team has never been in a position - where they have had to go head to head through an entire season, and of course the closer you get towards the end of the year the more the pressure builds. He's a racer, he understands racing commitment and spirit and I think he's going to be a good leader for the future at McLaren".