Lewis Hamilton has stretched his advantage at the top of the Formula 1's drivers' championship, as he took a dramatic race win at the British Grand Prix.
However, the Brackley-based team's prospects were put in major danger as Bottas sustained puncture with three laps to go, before Hamilton's tyre gave up on the last lap.
Bottas dropped out of the points after making a pit stop, however Hamilton was able to take the chequered flag with Verstappen bearing down on him on the final lap.
Carlos Sainz was also hit with a puncture in the closing stages, eliminating him from a top-five finish.
The Monegasque driver endured a quiet race and was running in fourth for much of the race, while Daniel Ricciardo benefitted from Sainz's woes to inherit fourth on the last lap.
Mercedes' dominance in the race was tested on a couple of occasions as two safety cars were called during the opening 20 laps.
A second safety car was deployed when Daniil Kvyat was involved in a major crash at Maggotts, with a suspected failure behind the incident.
After Kvyat's crash, much of the field pitted for the hard compound, while Haas opted to keep Grosjean out on the medium tyre, which promoted him to fifth place.
Grosjean slipped down the order as the race went on, however he recovered criticism from some of his fellow drivers for moving more than once while battling.
The Frenchman made a late pit stop but the last driver to cross the finish line at the end.
A difficult race for Vettel saw him end the event in tenth place, only just holding off Bottas who was recovering following his puncture.
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