"Really, really pleased with the result" remarked race victor Vettel, "especially here, a track that we've struggled at in the past, it was nice to see that we were strong all weekend and able to fight for the win, obviously we got the lead back in the end, it felt very satisfying".
Hamilton was seething was the race at Silverstone and suggested that Ferrari were implementing some "interesting tactics" during a race. I can't thank them enough for that because that's what spurred me on to get the result we got today. It is also not in Raikkonen's nature to go along with such a plan and there are 11 rounds still remaining with Vettel leading the championship.
Hamilton said that his immediate post-race remarks were down to the exhaustion he felt after such a demanding race.
Vettel leads Hamilton by a single point in the title race after nine races.
Vettel ended up taking top spot, with Hamilton in second and Kimi Raikkonen in third.
Hamilton's team mate Valtteri Bottas led and might have won but for a second safety auto, after Renault's Carlos Sainz and Haas's Romain Grosjean collided, that kept the front four nose to tail and only fractions apart.
Raikkonen, who completed the podium for Ferrari, was handed a 10-second penalty for the early incident involving Hamilton. "I'm not comfortable at all", he said.
While it's not beyond the realms of possibility for a driver to take a rival out at the start of a race, Raikkonen's onboard camera shows the No.7 Ferrari clearly attempted to make the corner.
As Vettel said on Sunday, Ferrari are coming on strong against Mercedes and now able "to take their magic away and have a fight on an equal level".
Vettel drove brilliantly for his victory, Hamilton thrilled 140,000 racing souls in fighting his way through the field from dead last to second.
"It looked very tight at the front on Friday and so it proved in qualifying: it needed a very good lap from Lewis to put the auto on pole and, save for an error in the final corners, Valtteri would have been just behind". "I know I'm not flawless". Bottas then let Hamilton past to challenge the German.
Bottas finished fourth, ahead of Daniel Ricciardo, Nico Hulkenberg and Esteban Ocon. Two years later, Silverstone held the first F1 world championship race, again dominated by Italian cars with Giuseppe Farina winning in an Alfa Romeo.
"But it was just a stupid manoeuvre and a stupid manoeuvre that happened a second time in three races - that's why [I had] the emotion".
"Everybody brings updates to every race and there is never a silver bullet that provides you three tenths or four tenths, which was the difference between us and Ferrari past year. I gave everything I could, I was struggling to stand".