Mercedes: Ferrari F1 first lap clashes 'deliberate or incompetence'

Lewis Hamilton

Although Lewis Hamilton finished second ultimately, it was his arch rival, Sebastian Vettel who took the victory while Kimi Raikkonen finishd third.

Bottas managed to close the gap to Vettel to under two seconds before the Safety Car period. He prepared to race and the team tried to get the Honda-powered Toro Rosso ready in time to start from pit lane but ultimately wheeled the auto back into the garage without leaving the lane.

It continues a run of poor performance - at the hands of the team rather than driver.

There were many factors in Sebastian Vettel's British GP win: first-lap tangles, safety cars, strategies and last-gasp passing.

Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene says James Allison "should be ashamed of himself" for reportedly questioning whether Kimi Raikkonen deliberately hit Lewis Hamilton in the British Grand Prix.

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The appearance of the safety vehicle on the 33rd of 52 laps, after Sauber's Marcus Ericsson crashed, was greeted with a huge cheer from the 140,500 crowd and was just what Hamilton needed to close the gap. It seemed as though Vettel would not be able to push past the Mercedes.

Racing had scarcely resumed when Romain Grosjean (Haas) and Carlos Sainz (Renault) sparked another safety auto by clashing at the high speed Copse corner, leaving a 10-lap sprint to the finish.

The re-start saw a short 10-lap sprint to the flag, which produced the best wheel to wheel racing of the season.

At Silverstone, Hamilton was also sent to the back in the incident, from which he fought back to second place behind Vettel, who now leads the championship from the Briton by eight points.

Hamilton let Bottas, with fresh tyres, pass on lap 23 in an attempt to chase down Vettel over the remaining 29 laps.

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The Sauber driver emerged unscathed, but the safety vehicle was sent out.

"It was hard fighting guys with fresher tyres and in a ideal world I would have had brand new tyres but it wasn't that kind of day for me. The neck held up and that was a race I enjoyed a lot and I think the people enjoyed a lot". It's different when you're in the lead and can control the pace, but I was coming from last.

Hamilton was upset post-race with the contact from Raikkonen. "We live to fight another day".

Raikkonen apologised for his first lap brush with Hamilton which earned the 38-year-old Finn a 10-second penalty. "I deserved the penalty, but I kept fighting".

"I lost almost 3kg [in body fluids] trying to get back to the top for you and my team", he said, addressing his 6.7 million followers on the social media platform. The Englishman broke protocol by refusing to be interviewed after the race and headed straight for the podium green room. The German Grand Prix is scheduled in a fortnight.

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