Vettel wins British Grand Prix as Hamilton fights back to claim second

Ruben Hill
July 13, 2018

Raikkonen was awarded a ten-second penalty for his trouble, which was at least double the sanction given to his team-mate Vettel for wiping Valterri Bottas a week ago but nowhere near the handicap suffered by Hamilton.

Vettel's win for Ferrari wrecked Hamilton's hopes of taking a record fifth win in succession and a record sixth overall, but the Englishman - who was last after a collision with Kimi Raikkonen on the opening lap - produced a heroic drive to finish second for Mercedes.

What was Raikkonen's penalty 10 seconds?

More frustration followed on Turn Three when Raikkonen locked up and crashed into Hamilton, leaving the reigning World champion to rejoin the contest in 18th position.

The Monaco man was also in the points at the time, and it brings an end to his stunning run of five top-10s in six races. Vettel pitted from the lead, but Bottas stayed out, to lead on lap 34, as did Hamilton.

That released Vettel into a lead he would hold to the end, while Hamilton forced his way inside Bottas at Brooklands a lap later.

The Ferrari driver struggled through qualifying on Saturday with sports taping on his neck, admitting he earlier feared he might not be able to race. "So that's fine. I deserve it, I took the 10 seconds and kept fighting".

"Interesting tactics, I would say, from their side but we will do what we can to fight them and improve in the next race", a glum and terse Hamilton said immediately after the race.

"The safety vehicle spiced it up", said Vettel, wearing supporting tapes on his stiff neck.

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

Sunday's victory was Vettel's fourth of the campaign, one more than Hamilton, and another in Germany next week would equal in half a season what Ferrari managed in all of 2017 - which was already the team's best since 2010.

"If our two drivers make a mistake twice and take the same team out, I would be apologizing".

Sebastian Vettel was the one raising an index finger to express how he felt about winning at Silverstone for the second time, and maybe in defiance of the idea that Hamilton is the driver of the age.

But in a post released on his Instagram account on Monday, Hamilton said: "Kimi said sorry and I accept it and we move on".

"I tried everything to not give up the lead, but there was nothing I could do at that point to defend against the others on the fresher tyres".

"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".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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