Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton had been here before. Waging their own private war for victory, they were on a collision course that would have left them disputing the same piece of track before the chequered flag flew at the end of the British Grand Prix. The only difference to the Bahrain and Spanish Grands Prix earlier in the season was that this time the winner was simply the last man standing.
The bare facts reveal that Rosberg had control of the race when he first detected a minor downshift glitch on lap 20 that was the harbinger of a terminal problem. With Hamilton breezing past his team-mate, who was by then wedged firmly in fourth gear, to take the lead nine laps later, it suggests a win inherited.
But did Rosberg's problem hand Hamilton victory, or did it just hasten the moment when the home favourite would hit the front?
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Edd Straw is Editor-in-Chief of Autosport, overseeing both print and digital versions of the brand. Edd has worked for Autosport since joining as a junior reporter in 2002. He became Editor in November 2014, having previously worked as National Editor, News Editor and Grand Prix Editor.
Originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, he joined Autosport shortly after graduating from university. He went on to cover a wide range of categories from club motorsport to the World Touring Car Championship and Le Mans to Formula 3 before switching to F1 full-time at the 2008 French Grand Prix. He continues to cover a range of international events in his position as Editor-in-Chief.
In his spare time, he was formerly a club racer whose abilities did not match his enthusiasm in a variety of categories.