Vettel and Raikkonen dismiss 'silly' Mercedes talk of foul play

Ruben Hill
July 9, 2018

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 Brit was furious with Ferrari's "interesting tactics" which saw Kimi Raikkonen tag him on the opening lap, spinning Hamilton down into 18th place.

A poor start when the lights went out allowed Vettel and fourth placed Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas to sweep past by the first corner.

But he surged back into contention and thanks to the safety auto being deployed on two occasions late on in the race surged into second place.

Pacing up and down the podium room, shattered having given every ounce of effort to try and deliver the record sixth home win the vast majority of the 140,500 Silverstone crowd had wanted to see, there was only reflection.

"I pushed absolutely 100, 1000 per cent", he added.

"So by the time I came out on the podium, I think he composed himself".

"People expect you to get out of the auto and wave and smile and all that". If you can't understand and appreciate that then I fully understand.

'The team did an unbelievable job this weekend, and we had so much support but also so much pressure, ' he said.

"The fans have been incredible this weekend and I'm grateful for the England football team at least doing great this weekend and keeping it positive", said Hamilton. "But definitely not on objective, and well deserved to get a 10-second penalty and two points".

"It was a racing incident and nothing more, sometimes we say dumb sh*t and we learn from it". Unfortunate because Le Castellet first time we got taken out and now it is the second time we got taken out.

"I sweated my a*** off in that race".

On Sunday, Mercedes team chief Toto Wolff said: "In James Allison's words 'do you think it is deliberate or incompetence?' so this leaves us with a judgement".

"None of these things are done deliberately but it is just tiresome", Wolff told Formula 1.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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