Vettel triumphant in the battle of Silverstone

Lawrence Kim
July 9, 2018

Whiting, the FIA's race director, is not involved in the stewards' deliberations over incidents and stressed he could only speculate about possible reasons for any perceived discrepancy between the two Ferrari penalties.

That crash came only two weeks after Sebastian Vettel, who won Sunday's race, drove into Valtteri Bottas on the opening lap of the French Grand Prix at the first corner.

The pack forced together, both Ferrari drivers pitted for fresh soft tyres to hand track position to Mercedes, with Red Bull also on new rubber to race to the chequered flag. The Italian team doubled their lead over Mercedes in the constructors' championship to 20 points.

Lauda, who won two of his three championships with Ferrari, said: "The accident was unfair basically because it's the second time a Ferrari hits us in the first corner and it's not amusing, but that's the way it is". In James Allison's words "do you think it is deliberate or incompetence?' So, this leaves us with a judgement".

"First of all, it was wrong when they gave Vettel five seconds".

"It's easy to say after the last couple of races that we're suddenly doing something against them, but we've been hit pretty many times also, so that's how it goes, unfortunately". "I took the 10 seconds and kept fighting".

Hamilton bogged down from pole position and was passed by Sebastian Vettel off the line, while Valtteri Bottas relegated his team-mate to third through Abbey.

"It's silly to think that anything happened was deliberate", said the championship leader.

"In France I lost my wing so I screwed my own race".

"I only saw it briefly on the monitor, I don't think there was any intention and I find it a bit unnecessary to even go there".

"When something like that happens, there's going to be speculation but to me it just looked like a racing accident", he said.

"Things happen sometimes", added teammate Raikkonen, who had taken responsibility for the clash and accepted the time penalty he was handed. But it was not a straightforward race. That is how it goes.

"I can't really comment as I don't know the thought process that went on there, but I do know there was widespread criticism of the leniency of the penalty given in France".

Later, responding to the comments from Mercedes, Raikkonen said: "That's how it goes sometimes".

"Obviously at the third corner I locked the wheel and was behind the vehicle so ended up hitting Lewis on the rear corner", said Raikkonen.

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