Lewis Hamilton expressed his delight and recognised the "incredible energy" he feels from the British fans as he claimed victory at his home race for the fourth time in his career.
Hamilton led away from pole position in wet conditions and controlled proceedings throughout, beating Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg to move to within four points of his rival in the standings.
Hamilton's triumph was his fourth at the British Grand Prix, adding to successes in 2008, 2014 and 2015.
"Ever since 2007 I’ve felt this incredible energy from these fans here, the best fans in the world, without a doubt, and the best crowd we have anywhere," he said.
"I really feel like I’ve grown with them over the years and obviously, naturally, when you have success that speeds up the bond, that connection you have, they really do make a huge difference.
"Every time… when it was wet, every time I made it through certain corners I could see in the corner of my eye the fans right there with me.
"And obviously the last few laps I could see them, every time, every year, and every time I came through Brooklands, Turn 7, I can see them up shouting and that just spurred me on all the way.
"I’m very honoured and it’s a very humbling experience to be here in this sport, particularly in a time of difficulty in the world, and to see so much love out there.
"I think when you see… there are people out there from all walks, from all different places, poor, wealthy, going through difficult times, and on this day we come together and I think that’s a beautiful thing."