Hamilton points finger at Ferrari's 'interesting tactics'

Tyler Owen
July 11, 2018

Hamilton hit out at Ferrari's dirty track tactics after he charged back to second place but did not shake hands with Raikkonen following the race at Silverstone on Sunday. That released Vettel into a lead he would hold to the end, while Hamilton forced his way inside Bottas at Brooklands a lap later.

Hamilton said at Silverstone that he wanted to skip Saturday's press conference to watch England play in the World Cup, and he says he is keeping July 15 free in his diary so he can travel to Russian Federation for the final. Raikkonen claiming third with three laps to go.

Instead, Mercedes suspects the complaints over the team radio early in the race were triggered by how bad the auto felt in the turbulent air of other cars.

"We are leaving with the British flag to hang in Maranello", he added.

It was Hamilton that drew first blood at the United Kingdom track, claiming pole position ahead of the Ferrari's of Vettel and Raikkonen, Bottas followed in fourth as the Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo locked out the third row of the grid. Allision asked the Mercedes F1 boss, "Do you think it is deliberate or incompetence?".

"There is no way I can compete with new tyres", he said.

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Ferrari brushed off the complaints, but the gloves are now off between the two teams. It soon developed into a Ferrari-Mercedes duel, with Raikkonen also challenging the third-placed Hamilton.

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However, Raikkonen, attempting a pass on the inside of the corner, locked up and spun the four-time champion around to the back of the field. The safety car's second appearance lasted three laps, setting up an 11-lap sprint at the end.

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"There is everything still to play for and we will have to be at our very best as a team if we wish to come out on top".

Hamilton's drive was remarkable; the two safety auto periods helped him, but there aren't many drivers in Silverstone's 70-year history that could have recovered as Lewis did.

A slow start cost him places to Vettel and Bottas before Raikkonen ran into his rear and was given a 10-second time penalty.

Sebastian Vettel has extended his championship lead, pulling off an attack on Valtteri Bottas in the concluding laps to win the 2018 British GP.

Bottas started to further close the gap to Vettel over the next few laps, bringing it down to 2.4sec when Marcus Ericsson triggered a safety auto on lap 32.

"Obviously the safety auto spiced it up, but it was a nice battle", he said.

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