To create a differentiating factor between the British and 70th Anniversary grands prix which were both run at Silverstone, Pirelli had supplied tyres one step softer than last weekend, and it quickly became evident that this change had hurt Mercedes.
Verstappen had started on the hard tyres while Mercedes ran the faster medium rubber, but the lead duo could not shake the Red Bull driver.
Suffering with extreme blistering, Bottas and Hamilton pitted for hards after 13 and 14 laps respectively while Verstappen waited to lap 27.
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