Hamilton stages dramatic comeback but Vettel wins

KEVIN EASONJuly 8 2018 12:01am The Sunday Times Silverstone unwilling to pay price for staging F1’s greatest showpiece Kevin Eason

KEVIN EASONJuly 8 2018 12:01am The Sunday Times Silverstone unwilling to pay price for staging F1’s greatest showpiece Kevin Eason

Lewis Hamilton has been accused of "crying like a girl" and urged to take up ballet by Kimi Raikkonen's wife following his collision with the Ferrari driver at the British Grand Prix.

The Finn added: "The Ferraris looked strong yesterday and it was very close today between us and them, so I expect a similarly close fight tomorrow".

While the decision proved correct for Hamilton, it was another oversight on Mercedes' part plus another strategy error which will no doubt raise more questions about those behind the scenes. In [Technical Director] James Allison's words "do you think it was deliberate or incompetence?' This is where it leaves us with the judgement".

Raikkonen then locked up, sliding into Hamilton and pitching the Mercedes into a spin.

While Wolff admitted the Hamilton-Raikkonen clash was a racing incident, he said: "Le Castellet was the first time we got taken out and this is the second, it's a lot of constructor points".

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.

"Thank you for loving me for being me with all my flaws".

Mercedes found their tactics under scrutiny yet again at Silverstone after leaving both drivers out on the track after Marcus Ericsson's late crash led to the safety vehicle being deployed.

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But in a post released on his Instagram account on Monday, Hamilton said: "Kimi said sorry and I accept it and we move on. Sometimes we say dumb s*** and we learn from it".

"Sebastian drove a great race, fighting like a lion despite the pain in the neck", Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene said.

Starting second on the grid, Vettel benefitted from Hamilton's slow start to stay ahead until the final laps of the race.

Hamilton talked of "interesting tactics from that side" on the podium.

After the Sauber wreckage was cleared, the race resumed only for Romain Grosjean to collide with Carlos Sainz at the high-speed Copse corner.

The Englishman clearly blamed Raikkonen, who was handed a 10-seconds penalty, for the crash and found it hard to face the Finn or accept an apology.

"But I mean, I want to give them a message: it's been a lovely battle, a battle that I think the audience appreciated, there will be other battles where most likely Mercedes will win, this is a lesson for us to stay classy, a thing that they haven't done". I was last at that point, but I still believed that I could win - and I needed that mentality to make it back to where I finished.

The win was Vettel's fourth of the season, 51st of his career, and once-dominant champions Mercedes' first defeat at Silverstone since 2012 before the V6 turbo era started. "It's tiresome to be taken out on the first lap".

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