Lewis Hamilton lost out to Sebastian Vettel in the British Grand Prix so will now be doubly determined to gain revenge over the German in his home race.
The Mercedes driver battled bravely to recover from an early collision with Kimi Raikkonen which sent him back to last place.
However, in the end, Hamilton had to settle for second best at his beloved Silverstone circuit, slipping eight points behind the Ferrari ace in the championship battle.
The 33-year-old had earlier claimed pole position, while team-mate Valterri Bottas was in the lead for a number of laps until tyre wear took its toll.
Mercedes technical director James Allison said: “It hurts a lot not to have Lewis on the top step of the podium where his blinding pace should have put him.
“Although we have endured a couple of difficult weekends, this has not been because the car was slow but for a host of other unconnected reasons.
“In the end, pace normally tells over the course of a season, and if we bring it to bear in the next 11 races, we will muscle our way back into a title race that is very much ours to win.”
How the British Grand Prix finished:
1 Vettel (Ferrari), 2 Hamilton (Mercedes), 3 Raikkonen (Ferrari), 4 Bottas (Mercedes), 5 Ricciardo (Red Bull), 6 Hulkenberg (Renault), 7 Ocon (Force India), 8 Alonso (McLaren), 9 Magnussen (Haas), 10 Perez (Force India), 11 Vandoorne (McLaren), 12 Stroll (Williams), 13 Gasly (Toro Rosso), 14 Sirotkin (Williams), DNF Verstappen (Red Bull), Grosjean (Haas), Sainz (Renault), Ericsson (Sauber), Leclerc (Sauber), Hartley (Toro Rosso)
Vettel still deserves plenty of credit for denying Hamilton a fifth straight Silverstone success, picking up a fourth win of the year.
That was despite battling through the pain of a neck injury at one of the most physically demanding circuits.
“Sebastian drove a great race, fighting like a lion despite the pain in the neck,” declared Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene.
Vettel himself commented: “This year, we have proved to be strong every time on every track so far.
“The most important thing is that the car is strong and fast. The new updates that we brought here have worked very well through the whole weekend.”
Even so, Hamilton still had the edge in qualifying speed and that can prove crucial in the long run.
Past German Grand Prix results:
2016 Hamilton (Mercedes)
2014 Rosberg (Mercedes)
2013 Vettel (Red Bull)
2012 Alonso (Ferrari)
2011 Hamilton (McLaren)
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