Home hero Lewis Hamilton wins the British GP for fourth time his team-mate and championship leader Nico Rosberg second but under investigation over radio messages after late gearbox trouble.
Rosberg lost three seconds in a single lap in the final part of race, reporting to his team that he had a gearbox issue.
Mercedes responded by telling him which setting to put his gearbox in, as well as informing him to avoid using seventh gear by shifting through it.
Max Verstappen third for Red Bull; Sebastian Vettel penalized after forcing Felipe Massa, Race underway after five laps behind Safety Car.
“There was a gearbox issue, but we don’t know what it is basically. There was discussion about it, but I think it was all within the limits,” Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda told Sky Sports F1 after the race.
Mercedes technical chief Paddy Lowe spoke to NBCSN’s Will Buxton about the messages after the race.
“I don’t really want to comment on it too much because it’s being reviewed by the stewards,” Lowe said.
“It’s a question of whether it’s a permitted message or not.
“I don’t really want to comment at this stage. There’s no precedent for radio calls being reviewed by the stewards.”
During the podium Q&A – Rosberg on that stewards’ enquiry…
“It was a very critical problem because I was stuck in seventh gear and about to stop on track. I needed to fix it.”
What does Sky F1’s Martin Brundle make of communicating via team radio?
“We all want to stop them being told when to brake, when to put the throttle on, which gear to be in but the car is so complex. Rosberg will be investigated after the race so the results will be very much provisional, as will the championship positions.”