Unhappy Hamilton points finger at Ferrari’s ‘interesting tactics’

Grant SmithJul 09, 2018

"Things happen sometimes", added teammate Raikkonen, who had taken responsibility for the clash and accepted the time penalty he was handed.

Hamilton started on pole, but his race was scuppered during the opening lap as Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen crashed in to him, sending him back to 18th within the first three corners.

Hamilton and Raikkonen approached Village together but the Finn locked up and slid into the side of the Mercedes, spinning the reigning World Champion, who dropped to the rear of the field.

Asked later by reporters about the comment and whether he suspected the incident had been deliberate, Hamilton only fanned the flames, saying: "All I'd say is that it's now two races that the Ferraris have taken out one of the Mercedes, and a five-second penalty and a 10-second penalty doesn't appear to feel".

How things change. Just a week after his impressive win in Austria, Red Bull's Max Verstappen suffered a mechanical failure as he was forced to pull out at Silverstone with a brake-by-wire issue. That was an opportunity for me to get up into third.

Ricciardo is fourth on 104 points, with Bottas sitting just two points below him.

Both Bottas and Hamilton were dealt a slice of luck when the Safety Car was deployed on Lap 33 following a big crash for Sauber's Marcus Ericsson at Turn 1.

The Swede was unhurt and climbed out to applause from the crowd as a Safety Car was deployed.

Red Bull racer Max Verstappen says the power deficit between his vehicle and that of Mercedes and Ferrari was "tragic" and that "on the straights it's like you are driving in a different series".

Vettel's team mate Kimi Raikkonen also finished on the podium in third place with Valtteri Bottas in fourth.

The race was neutralised again moments later for an accident at Copse between Carlos Sainz and Romain Grosjean, when Sainz attacked on the outside but Grosjean suffered a wobble at the apex.

The system incorporates several aspects of a auto and driver's performance on a race day. Vettel pitted from the lead, but Bottas stayed out, to lead on lap 34, as did Hamilton.

"Honestly, to get back to second it's huge for us and I will definitely take it, of course, and I'm happy with the drive that I did".

Vettel in contrast was rewarded for a brilliant start in which he overtook Hamilton within metres on the opening straight. As Toto Wolff admitted, Ferrari's new found pace should be a major concern with Ferrari-friendly Hungary and Singapore fast approaching. "I deserved the penalty, but I kept fighting".

Unexpectedly, Ricciardo made a second stop after 31 laps, lifting Hamilton to fifth as the Australian rejoined sixth, but on softs.

"It's home base for Mercedes, Red Bull, Williams so you have to be quite strong at Silverstone".

Vettel strengthens his stranglehold on the championship and will head to his home race in Germany in a fortnight's time with an eight-point lead.

But the Mercedes driver struggled to hide his disappointment.

There are still 11 races left in the season with the next at Hockenheim on July 22.

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