Vettel wins British Grand Prix as Hamilton recovers to 2nd

Vettel wins British Grand Prix as Hamilton recovers to 2nd

Sebastian Vettel won the British Grand Prix at Silverstone as Lewis Hamilton recovered from a first-lap collision to finish second.

Referring to an incident at Le Castellet last month, where Vettel hit Valtteri Bottas at the first corner, he explained: "It's two races in which a Mercedes has been taken out by a Ferrari".

In France, Mercedes' management and Hamilton were among those to question why Vettel had only received the minimum penalty available to the stewards for causing a collision when Bottas sustained a puncture and dropped to the back of the field. In [technical director] James Allison's words, 'do you think it is deliberate or incompetence?'.

Shovlin has also explained that Hamilton's vehicle did not suffer any damage in the Raikkonen accident, despite the driver voicing fears over the radio that it had.

After the trophy presentation, Sky Sports pundit Martin Brundle finally caught up with Hamilton, who took a swipe at Raikkonen's driving.

Hamilton, from his record 76th pole, appeared bogged down as he responded and was instantly in a scrap for third with Raikkonen, who collided with the Briton under braking into Turn Three.

While Hamilton was left exhausted post-race, his title rival and British GP victor Sebastian Vettel appeared to have a bigger physical scare on Saturday. "I'll never give up".

The incident that led to the first safety vehicle was a shocking crash for Sauber's Ericsson, who lost control at 180mph and ploughed into a tyre wall.

We're sure that's not a case of sour grapes on Rosberg's part, despite the fact that England are still in the play-offs while Germany crashed out at the group stage for the first time since 1938.

With this win, Vettel increased his tally to 171 points in the overall drivers' classification, eight points ahead of reigning champion Hamilton.

Thanks to two safety auto periods and a tire strategy that panned out, Hamilton ended up rallying to finished the race in second place just 2.264 seconds behind Vettel. He didn't see it as a last-to-second comeback drive. "Sometimes we say dumb s**t and we learn from it".

Lewis Hamilton has since posted on social media that he has accepted Kimi Raikkonen's apology and is ready to move on. Englishman Allison, Mercedes' technical chief, left Ferrari in 2016 before joining the Silver Arrows.

The Englishman clearly blamed Raikkonen, who was handed a 10-seconds penalty, for the crash and found it hard to face the Finn or accept an apology.

Both spun and rejoined, Hamilton after running off track.

"All I'll say there's now two races the Ferraris have taken out one of the Mercedes". "I deserved the penalty, but I kept fighting".

It is understood that Hamilton, 33, would be interested in ending his career with the Scuderia, and it is not beyond the realms that he might swap seats with his rival, whom he trails by one point ahead of his home race, for one final hurrah.

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