Unlucky Nico Rosberg was forced to pull off after suffering gearbox problems in the 30 lap, his first retirement of the season, which gave team-mate Lewis Hamilton a home ground win.
"I'm really having big problems on the gearbox, please advise", Rosberg fumed to his race engineer.
Although the advice the German driver received "try and leave it in eight", it was all over for the race leader - who retired for the first time of the season. But for the British driver, Hamilton, it was a dream that was just about to come true when he cruised passed his team-mate Rosberg - taking the lead with 22 laps remaining.
Six laps later, the homeland pilot was 41.6 seconds ahead of second place Valtterie Bottas and everyone knew in the Mercedes garage that history was already made, claiming Hamilton: "Just look after the car as best as you can" - this was just one lap after the incident, being already 24 seconds ahead.
The public were applauding their dear driver from home turfs as Hamilton would become the first British driver to win the Silverstone Grand Prix in six years, providing things stayed the same.
No one could believe what was going to happen until Hamilton went on the final corner, the final acceleration, and the final line to climb on top of the podium.
It was something special when the Mercedes driver, Hamilton, wrote history when he crossed the line first and the black and white flag signifying nothing less than "you've done it mate".
But it also meant that Hamilton had tightened the gap to four points to top table and team-mate Rosberg - it was a 29-point gap before the game.
The frustrated German has finished in the top-two in all eight races this year, meanwhile, Hamilton has had two mechanical retirements, which explain the pre-race flying high German.
The tough and close rivalry between the-two Mercedes drivers makes every race more and more special and intense up-front, and climbing to four points from the top of the Championship just increased a realistic second Championship tittle - claiming his first in his second year in Formula One in 2008.
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