The race featured Hamilton racking up his fifth career Grand Chelem in a Mercedes. Teammate Valtteri Bottas drove an inspired race to come back from his grid penalty to take second, ahead of Ferrari driver Kimi Räikkönen. Championship leader Vettel had tyre issues late in the race, dropping him to seventh and reducing his points lead over Hamilton to just one.
In attempts to make the open cockpits more safe for 2018, a "shield" cockpit protection was tested by the Ferrari during the first practice session. Sebastian Vettel ran one lap with it installed, and immediately returned to the pits, saying it made him feel "dizzy".
During the weekend, one of the pit garages were used to present life-size models of Lightning McQueen and Jackson Storm from the Disney/Pixar film Cars 3, as part of a promotion by Disney and the Formula One Group to promote the movie's UK release. Hollywood actors (and race fans) Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson were also on hand for the promotion events.
Following the session, Bottas' gearbox was changed. Like with Hamilton's unscheduled gearbox change in Austria, Bottas did not meet the six consecutive Grands Prix before the allowance of a new gearbox, therefore receiving a five-place grid penalty. On Saturday, Daniel Ricciardo was confirmed to take an unscheduled gearbox change as well, also meaning a five-place grid penalty.Fernando Alonso was also confirmed to start from the back with multiple grid penalties for having additional power unit components fitted to his car.