Both Mercedes drivers Hamilton and Rosberg had locked out the front row at Silverstone. It was Williams duo Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas, who had one of the best starts ever.
The Williams duo head out front to conquer first and third place, importantly ahead of Mercedes drivers. An early incident called for safety car within the second lap itself and packed the field close together.
An overzealous Hamilton tried to outbreak Massa into the last corner, which pushed him off the racing line. This gave Bottas an opportunity to move and take over second place, which both Williams driver seemed relax in.
During the first round of pitstops Williams planned it all wrong. Hamilton was first among the four to change tyres, who was followed by Massa and Rosberg, both came out behind Hamilton, who had set a flying outlap.
Bottas too suffered from a pit strategy and was slotted between Massa and Rosberg. The drivers seemed to maintain their positions, however, rain came to spoil the party during the ending phase.
This setup for an interesting reshuffle as Williams clearly struggled in these wet conditions. Rosberg made the most of it and took over second position from both Williams drivers. In the end they were sitting ducks for Sebastian Vettel, who took the last stand on podium.
Only 13 drivers completed the British GP and McLaren secured their second points of the season. It was Fernando Alonso, who secured tenth place and one single point for himself and the team.