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

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

Kimi Raikkonen collided with Lewis Hamilton on the first lap of the British Grand Prix yesterday, ruining the world champion's hopes of victory in his home race.

Hamilton and Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen were involved in a collision early on in the race, and the Briton was less than happy during his post-race interview.

"It looked very tight at the front on Friday and so it proved in qualifying: it needed a very good lap from Lewis to put the vehicle on pole and, save for an error in the final corners, Valtteri would have been just behind".

Bottas again led from the second restart however his older, harder tyres made it difficult to hold back Vettel.

Raikkonen, who was also looking to take advantage of Hamilton's slow start, suffered a big lock-up when attempting to get past the Brit down the inside, and although Hamilton left the Finn enough room, his Ferrari spun the Mercedes round and left Hamilton at the back of the field. We have the telemetry data, so he found himself immediately on top of Hamilton.

Raikkonen received a 10-second penalty for the incident and said he accepted that it was his fault. The safety car's second appearance lasted three laps, setting up an 11-lap sprint at the end.

Cheered on by the vast majority of 140,000 partisan fans, Hamilton was driving like a man possessed, and was picking off his opponents easily. Pierre Gasly claimed the final point in 10 place for Toro Rosso.

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The front-runners all stopped for fresh rubber, promoting Hamilton to third. There's no doubt that it was a silly mistake - and one that deserved the ten-second time penalty handed out by the stewards - but it was in no way deliberate.

The post was quickly deleted but Minttu later told a Hamilton fan: "Just to be clear, I was not talking about the driver but the team who was crying afterwards that someone did something on goal". Both Ferrari and Red Bull drivers took advantage of the safety vehicle to stop for fresh tyres, but Mercedes left both of their cars out.

However, Bottas felt he could have challenged Hamilton for a front row start.

"I'm quite cool during the race", said Arrivabene.

The response from his race engineer Pete Bonnington was simple. "You are the fastest by miles, so don't give up". "It is all there". In France Ferrari also got the better start, with Vettel admitting his extra speed heading down to Turn 1 was part of the reason he misjudged his braking and ploughed into Bottas.

By the safety auto restart he was up to third. A blanket could be thrown over the leading four cars as they scrapped for position. Vettel pitted from the lead, but Bottas stayed out, to lead on lap 34, as did Hamilton.

But aided by a brace of Safety Cars and some breathless laps around the 5.8km Silverstone track, he brilliantly climbed to second by the chequered flag to stem the points loss to main rival and eventual victor Sebastian Vettel.

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