The halfway point in the Formula One season arrived as Lewis Hamilton crossed the line at Silverstone to cut the gap in the drivers' standings to a single point from Sebastian Vettel.
With seven titles between them, Hamilton and Vettel have finally been pitched in head-to-head combat after a near-decade of fighting for glory while the other has been out of the picture.
The leading pair's fight at the front only scratches the surface of a thrilling campaign to date, in which the likes of Valtteri Bottas, Esteban Ocon and Lance Stroll have confounded doubters.
Here we assess the progress of the teams and the top six drivers at the halfway point.
Mercedes (330 points) - The Silver Arrows are finally being pushed to their limits after three years of domination, but have rarely missed a beat, save for a set-up aberration in Monaco that made the untouchable champions look very ordinary. They remain the strongest team, but not by much.
Lewis Hamilton (176 points, 2nd) - A fifth British Grand Prix win has left Hamilton a solitary point adrift of Vettel and the Brit remains untouchable when it is his day. Those 'off' weekends that plagued him last year have continued, though, and poor showings in Sochi, Monaco and Spielberg cannot be repeated if Hamilton is to draw level with Vettel's title haul.
Valtteri Bottas (154 points, 3rd) - Arguably the standout performer of the season, having taken to a title challenge like a duck to water. Following up a maiden win in Russia with another success in Austria, added to two stunning recovery drives in Baku and Silverstone has left Mercedes claiming it is a "no brainer" to keep the Finn beyond 2017.
Ferrari (275 points) – Finally the Scuderia are making an impression in the hybrid era, having produced a car that can not only match the Mercedes, but beat it comfortably when conditions suit. Their rise has given us what could be the most thrilling title race in years.
Sebastian Vettel (177 points, 1st) - Has largely returned to his title-winning, ruthless best thus far, taking to the podium in seven races to lead the way. His advantage was slashed at Silverstone in unfortunate circumstances, but it perhaps balanced out the luck that Vettel had enjoyed in Baku, when Hamilton's headrest came loose and forced him to pit after the German was punished for banging wheels with the Brit.
Kimi Raikkonen (98 points, 5th) - The Iceman has shown glimpses of his best this year and had every right to feel aggrieved after victory in Monaco was taken away from him by strategy that favoured Vettel. His performance relative to Bottas will concern the Scuderia in the constructors' race.
Red Bull (174 points) - The four-time constructors' champions have once again had to settle for third in that battle, with Ferrari's resurgence and Renault's continued power struggles hampering them. As ever at Milton Keynes, the development is swift, though, and they are already challenging at some of the less power-hungry tracks.
Daniel Ricciardo (117 points, 4th) - That the 'shoey' has already become somewhat tiresome speaks volumes of Ricciardo's achievements this year. Only Vettel has strung together a longer sequence of podiums than Ricciardo's five from Barcelona to Spielberg, while victory in Baku was another of his opportunistic classics and featured the overtake of the year so far, taking all three of Felipe Massa, Stroll and Nico Hulkenberg into turn one.
Max Verstappen (57 points, 6th) - The first two races of the season are Verstappen's only consecutive finishes of a deeply frustrating 2017. After hogging Ricciardo's limelight last year, the Australian has certainly returned the favour so far.
Force India (95 points) - Only the flawless pair of Hamilton and Vettel have scored points in more races than Ocon's nine this year. That the Frenchman has only beaten team-mate Sergio Perez on track twice this season shows just how strong Vijay Mallya's team are in 2017. Leading cars surely await for both drivers.
Williams (41 points) - Massa's retirement U-turn has added much-needed stability at Williams in their 40th year of F1, but they already look to have lost out in their battle with Force India. Williams' highlight is a brighter one, though, in Stroll's third-place finish in Baku - just the Canadian teenager's eighth F1 race.
Toro Rosso (33 points) - Cracks are beginning to show at the sister Red Bull team, with Daniil Kvyat redeveloping his 'Torpedo' reputation and Carlos Sainz Jr publicly stating his desire to move on. Sainz may get his wish, if reports are to be believed, with a mid-season loan to Renault, which could promote GP2 champion Pierre Gasly to F1.
|Cordner signs bumper deal with Roosters|
|Lewandowski won´t be distracted by Real Madrid rumours|
|Bennett signs on until 2019 with England|
|Man Utd must not underestimate Sevilla - Navas|
|Coleman demolishes 20-year-old 60m world record|
|Red Bull reveal ´special edition´ livery on 2018 car|
|Iniesta will not be made welcome at Stamford Bridge, warns Azpilicueta|
|Ballack sees ´a big difference´ between Bundesliga and Premier League|
|Karmichael Hunt faces no conviction, but will remain sidelined|
|Betis boss would have preferred to face Madrid´s BBC|
|Chelsea v Barcelona: Messi´s blues against the Blues|
|James leaving Madrid was the best thing, says father|
|He´s looking good – Zidane thrilled with Ronaldo|
|It needs to take 30 seconds – Matic wants quicker VAR|
|Team LeBron edges Team Stephen in thrilling All-Star Game|
|McIlroy sees progress despite failing to contend at Riviera|
|Silver supports NBA players speaking out on social issues|
|Mickelson ready for Masters after third straight top-six finish|
|Gattuso: My job is to be the players´ nightmare until season´s end|
|I wasn´t good enough – Guardiola reveals Wigan rejection|
|Dillon reigns supreme with overtime win at Daytona 500|
|Bubba Watson ends drought with third Genesis Open title|
|Brazilian derby between Vitoria and Bahia abandoned after red-card frenzy|
|Anderson ends barren spell with New York Open triumph|
|It was crazy, but I like that - Zidane revels in eight-goal Betis thriller|
|Asensio credits Zidane for Madrid´s thrilling Betis comeback|
|Zidane hopeful over Marcelo hamstring injury|
|Overton replaces injured Plunkett for Blacks Caps ODI series|
|Bonaventura claims Milan can catch Inter|
|Bravo for Claudio! Guardiola to pick keeper at Wembley|
|Mourinho hoping for reinforcements at Sevilla|
|´Quick-healer´ Groves hopeful over shoulder injury|
|Real Madrid become first side to score 6,000 goals in LaLiga|
|Real Betis 3 Real Madrid 5: Asensio at the double in LaLiga classic|
|AC Milan 1 Sampdoria 0: Bonaventura makes it 10 unbeaten for Rossoneri|
|Schurrle excited to finally link up with Reus and Gotze|
|Fit-again Hughes included in England squad|
|New number one Federer revels in ´unbelievable´ week|
|Real Madrid defender Marcelo suffers hamstring injury|
|Costa fumes referees ´want to give me a card´, but Simeone plays down penalty row|
|Thiem regains Argentina Open title|
|Stoger makes Dortmund history with Gladbach win|
|Championship Review: Leeds fight back for point, Norwich & Ipswich share derby spoils|
|Racing beat La Rochelle to go second, Castres edge out Bordeaux|
|Borussia Monchengladbach 0 Borussia Dortmund 1: Burki unbeatable as Reus returns to haunt Foals|
|FA Cup ´magic´ no surprise to Pochettino after Rochdale thriller|
|Rochdale hero Davies: This is every kid´s dream|
|Atletico Madrid will not stop in pursuit of Barcelona, promises Gameiro|
|Banks boot pays dividends for Treviso|
|Lucky 13 and second successive title for Kvitova after Muguruza classic|
|´Wrong image´ to blame for VAR confusion in Manchester United´s FA Cup win|
|Rochdale 2 Tottenham 2: Davies denies Kane in FA Cup classic|
|Rieder stretchered off as Wasps extend Chiefs´ slump|
|Atletico Madrid 2 Athletic Bilbao 0: Gameiro and Costa settle cagey clash|
|NHL commissioner Bettman condemns ´reprehensible´ Smith-Pelly abuse|
|Visser, Scott and Nel among six recalled by Scotland|
|Bhuvneshwar and Dhawan inspire India´s Wanderers win|
|Napoli set club record with another Serie A win|
|Froome disappoints in time trial as Wellens wins Ruta del Sol|
|Napoli 1 SPAL 0: Allan sends hosts top of Serie A again|
|Federer makes short work of disappointing Dimitrov|
|Allegri allays Higuain injury fears|
|Blackhawks fans ejected after racist heckling of Capitals´ Smith-Pelly|
|Allegri convinced Juve can get past Spurs|
|Sri Lanka sweep series after dominating Bangladesh|
|Everton fear ´long-term´ injury for Mangala|
|If it isn´t Madrid, it´s Paris - Hazard tires of speculation|
|Luiten claims Oman Open title|
|Torino 0 Juventus 1: Champions win derby but lose Higuain|
|Neymar exit made Barcelona stronger - Ter Stegen|