F1: Mercedes British GP practice Verstappen brought to a halt

F1: Mercedes British GP practice Verstappen brought to a halt

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen was third and Valtteri Bottas fourth in the second Mercedes.

After that, the Finn followed what were presumably team orders and allowed Hamilton through into second, which meant the points gap with Vettel was extended, but not as vast a chasm as it would have been.

Scything past cars with relative ease using DRS, Hamilton dispatched Sainz, Ocon, Charles Leclerc and Hulkenberg on consecutive laps - the latter two into Stowe - to move back into the top six by Lap 10, but by then he was already 27 seconds adrift of Vettel. His team-mate Bottas, on older tyres, led the closing laps, but was unable to resist the challengers.

It was Ferrari's first win in Britain since 2011. Pierre Gasly was 10th for Toro Rosso. Hamilton ended up 17th while Raikkonen received a penalty, but high-speed crashes and Safety Car appearances ensured both still had a chance of victory.

"Because you know that he's going to improve again, so I've got to improve the same and a bit more".

That left Hamilton down in third when Raikkonen locked up behind him and collected the Briton.

Pressed on the penalty, he replied: "It was my mistake so that is fine and I deserved it".

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A furious finale to match the frantic first lap looked certain when Ericsson then crashed at Turn One.

Out came the safety vehicle again.

As at Spielberg, Hamilton was concerned by the decision.

"I'm quite cool during the race", said Arrivabene. "You're the fastest out there by miles", he said.

On re-start, at Stowe, Bottas pulled away. A number of times Vettel attacked at Brooklands after using DRS, and Bottas repelled, with Hamilton similarly fighting Raikkonen but also filling Vettel's mirrors.

Although he finished hot on the heels of poleman Lewis Hamilton, Vettel struggled during the all-important 60-minute session, with bandaging added to support his neck.

That dropped the Mercedes man to the back of the pack and Raikkonen was handed a ten second time penalty, served at the first round of pit stops. Valtteri Bottas (FIN/Mercedes) 8.883, 5. Nico Hülkenberg (GER/Renault) 28.220, 7. Fernando Alonso (ESP/McLaren) 31.115, 9. Sergio Pérez (MEX/Force India) 34.708, 12.

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