Friday, 20 July, 2018

F1 Mercedes Lewis Hamilton questions Ferrari tactics after British Grand Prix crash

Ocon happy to be back among the top 10 where he belongs Vettel wins British GP as Hamilton recovers to finish second - Article
Kristopher Love | 09 July, 2018, 12:12

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.

Hamilton ended up finishing second but with Sebastian Vettel winning, he has now extended his championship lead to eight points.

"My bad, but that's how it goes sometimes", Raikkonen said.

"It was my mistake so that's fine, I deserve it".

Hamilton rushed back into the mix for a podium spot with the majority of runners picking a one-stop strategy until Marcus Ericsson lost control of his Sauber at Turn 1, and his fierce shunt into the tyre barrier brought out a lap 33 safety vehicle.

Ferrari, winners with championship leader Sebastian Vettel, dismissed the suggestion and others also jumped to their defence. He acknowledged he had been concerned ahead of the race itself.

"It's home base for Mercedes, Red Bull, Williams so you have to be quite strong at Silverstone".

"I think we need to improve our vehicle until the end of the year, that will be key because then you have something to fight, and if you have something to fight and something to play with, you can make things happen".

Bottas resisted Vettel again at the restart before coming under attack from Vettel into the Brooklands left-hander at the end of the Wellington Straight three laps in row.

Both spun and rejoined, Hamilton after running off track. "I was a bit excited when they gave the penalty to Kimi but I have to say that for Formula 1 this is good because on a spectacular track like Silverstone, having a battle like this I think is good for Formula One". Bottas, still on medium tires, was soon struggling, and Ferrari was celebrating when Raikkonen went past to go third.

Raikkonen, who completed the podium for Ferrari, was handed a 10-second penalty for the early incident involving Hamilton.

"There is no way I can compete with new tyres", he said.

Subsequently asked to expand on his comment, Hamilton said: "All I'd say is that it's now two races that the Ferraris have taken out one of the Mercedes, and a five-second penalty and a ten-second penalty doesn't appear to feel. ultimately it spoils the race". Vettel finally pounced to take the lead on lap 47.

When the Safety Car came in, Bottas surged clear while Hamilton defended from Verstappen before Carlos Sainz and Romain Grosjean collided at Copse, triggering another Safety Car.