• IN WORDS: Lewis and Valtteri's Great Britain Debrief

Our drivers discuss race strategy, fighting back and the Silverstone support...

'It was the right decision'

The team decided to keep both drivers out on track during the Safety Car, rather than pitting, which helped elevate Lewis to third at the restart.

"The guys pitted in front of me, that was an opportunity for me to get up into third," he explained. "I think it was the right decision.

"If I'd followed them in, I would have come out behind them, we'd have equal tyres and I would have struggled to get by them and most certainly wouldn't have been second.

"These guys would have pulled away. So, I think it was 100 per cent the right decision, particularly on my car."

'I was trying everything'

On older Mediums, Valtteri put up a brilliant defence against Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, but ended up running out of tyres in the closing stages.

"The others pitted under the Safety Car, but we took the risk and stayed out to get ahead of Sebastian," Valtteri said.

"It worked out initially, everything felt fine in the beginning after the second Safety Car. I had to push every lap like a qualifying lap.

"But, with about five laps to go, the tyres just could not take it anymore and I started to lose grip.

"I was trying everything to not give up the lead, but there was nothing I could do at that point to defend against the others on fresher tyres.

'I still believed I could win'

Despite being turned around on the opening lap and falling to last place, Lewis still believed he could fight back to the front and he did just that.

"The fans have been incredible this weekend," he said. "Obviously, we're in a tough battle this year and it's the most intense battle that I think we've probably all had but I'm very, very grateful that the car was still in one piece after the Turn 3 incident.

"I was last at that point, but I still believed that I could win - and I needed that mentality to make it back.

"At the beginning, I thought I'd lost something on the rear end but when I looked at the car afterwards, it seemed to be OK and it was driving better and better throughout the race.

"To get back to second is huge for us and I will definitely take it, of course. I'm happy with the drive that I did and as I said, what the team were able to do but, yeah, we've just got to work harder."

'Decided to take that risk'

The decision not to pit Valtteri was a brave one but taking track position was his best shot at victory once the Safety Car had been deployed and Sebastian pitted.

"At that point just before the Safety Car our pace was very strong compared to Ferrari and I was closing on Sebastian," he said.

"We had an advantage at the end of the first stint and the second stint was going to be very long for both of us.

"We knew a one-stop was not going to be easy but decided to take that risk and try to take the win. Unfortunately, that stint on the Medium tyres was just a bit too long.

"It's always easy to judge these things in hindsight, but at the point we made the call to stay out I was on the same page.

"I could have easily taken second place today, but we decided to go for it. I will continue to give it everything and I'm sure that one day it will work out."