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07 Jul 2015

“Pastor, we did the limits again - we went over the limits again. We can't do that!" From Lotus's warnings to Maldonado to Williams' strategic dilemma, and from one ‘master' returning to the podium to another jokingly celebrating a fastest lap in practice, we review the best sound bites from a stormy and scintillating weekend in Silverstone...

"I'm so happy! Thanks to all the fans - that one was for you!"

His third win on home soil sealed, Lewis Hamilton can't hide his delight - or his appreciation for the incredible crowds celebrating on his warm-down lap.

"Great job Nico, especially in those damp conditions. Just one lap with the pit stop…"

It's a case of what might have been for Nico Rosberg, however, as a decision to pit one lap after Hamilton costs him a shot at victory.

"Ahh, one more lap!"

Red Bull's Daniil Kvyat makes the same mistake as Rosberg - and it proves costly as his pursuit of Valtteri Bottas is ended in agonising fashion by the chequered flag.

"Okay Sebastian just overtook me, so box this lap."

Kimi Raikkonen, meanwhile, goes the other way and gambles (wrongly) early on intermediate tyres, after being passed by team mate Sebastian Vettel at Stowe on lap 39.

"There are drops everywhere - I think we need to stop." (Bottas)

"Your feedback could make or break this race." (Williams)

Raikkonen isn't the only one debating such a switch. Valtteri Bottas is keen to move onto inters on lap 36, but Williams decline, telling the Finn he needs to be absolutely spot on with his calls.

"It's incredibly dangerous..." (Hamilton on lap 40)

"I have no grip on these tyres…" (Hamilton on lap 43)

"Keep me updated on the rain and what you think…" (Rosberg on lap 43)

"Six laps remaining, we can still do something." (Mercedes to Rosberg, lap 46)

Timing is everything. Hamilton gets a scare after running off at Stowe, and Rosberg begins rapidly closing in. The pair are almost together when Hamilton makes the call to pit on lap 43 - Rosberg stays out though, which proves the undoing of his bid for victory, despite Mercedes' encouragements.

"This is a straight fight to the end - we're racing everybody, including Valtteri."

Lap 23, and Williams give Felipe Massa - now in second - the message that it's game on…

"Can I overtake? I can do it on the back straight…"

"Too late."

…that comes too late for Bottas, however, who pulls back despite getting a fantastic run on Massa down the Hangar straight on lap 10

"I guess we have front wing damage, maybe something more. So box now."

For McLaren, meanwhile, the first lap produces misery - Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button collide amidst a chain of accidents, eliminating the Briton and forcing the Spaniard to pit with damage.

"We've put too much front end on the car. Also the rear is very weak. And these tyres are really unbalanced, lots of vibrations." (Button, FP3)

"Pretty horrible! It feels like something is not right…" (Button, FP2)

The accident completes an unhappy home Grand Prix for Button, who has a long wish list of improvements after struggling with set-up on Friday and Saturday.

"Take a picture!" 

Some fine gallows humour from Alonso, meanwhile, after being told he had temporarily gone fastest in FP3.

"I can't do anything. I have no traction at all…"

"I don't know why, it's just so bad compared to the practice. I don't feel one corner the same."

Toro Rosso's Max Verstappen doesn't hold back after his encouraging practice pace disappears when it matters in Q2.

"I was on the kerbs still…" (Raikkonen)

"Pastor we did the limits again. We went over the limits again. We can't do that." (Lotus to Maldonado)

Kimi Raikkonen and Pastor Maldonado have their own qualifying concerns after having lap times deleted - Maldonado on two occasions - for running too wide at Copse.

"That was pretty bad. I never really found the rhythm." (Vettel after Q3)

"Yes, yes, P3! Master Vettel back to the podium!" (Ferrari after the race)

Vettel isn't best pleased with a qualifying effort that sees him start sixth on the grid - but come race day he gauges conditions to perfection to vault his team mate and both Williams to clinch third.

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