Vettel wins British GP, extend title lead

Vettel beats Hamilton in Silverstone classic

Vettel beats Hamilton in Silverstone classic

Kimi Raikkonen ruined Lewis Hamilton's race at the British Grand Prix when he tagged the Brit, pitching him into a spin.

Hamilton started the race from pole position, but after a bad start and the collision with Raikkonen fell to 19th, and last, before recovering to finish second behind title rival Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari.

"The first thing is that both drivers had the same call to do the opposite [to Ferrari]".

Although the only win for Mercedes in the past five races has come at Paul Ricard, Wolff is not dwelling on the missed opportunities at tracks they have been traditionally strong at.

"All I'll say, there's now two races the Ferrari have taken out one of the Mercedes".

"It is a lot of constructors" points.

Mercedes were left smarting by Ferrari's antics at Silverstone with James Alison questioning whether it was "deliberate or incompetence".

And while Hamilton questioned Ferrari's "tactics", Niki Lauda conceded it was an unfortunate, unfair and not particularly amusing accident.

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.

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Hamilton's body language as he kept away from Raikkonen in the pre-podium room and during the champagne spraying told its own story.

Hamilton emerged from the pits in sixth place before gaining a position when Red Bull brought Daniel Ricciardo in from P4 in a bid to cover off Raikkonen, who had bounced back from his penalty to pile pressure on the Australian.

"Interesting tactics, I would say, from their side, but we'll do what we can to fight them", said Hamilton, when he was, eventually, interviewed on the podium and after the two Ferrari men had departed. "It was not a straightforward race".

"It was my mistake, so that's fine". That is how it goes.

"For me it feels like one of the best laps that I have been able to produce", the 33-year-old told reporters later.

After slipping behind Vettel off the line after getting too much wheelspin and then losing a position to Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, Hamilton's hopes of a home victory were dealt a blow when he was struck by Kimi Raikkonen at Turn 3 after the Finn locked up.

"We've got to work hard as a team to try to lock out the front row and make sure we're fully ahead of these guys".

Unable to agree new terms, and faced with mounting losses, ahead of last year's race the BRDC took advantage of a clause which allowed it to terminate the contract early, leaving 2019 as the final race. "I gave everything I could, I was struggling to stand".

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