How Vettel won at Ferrari's worst track


Hamilton was shunted by Raikkonen at the start of the race at turn three and had to fight back through the field after dropping to last place, eventually finishing second behind race victor Sebastian Vettel, in the sister Ferrari. "I'm great to have been able to get back to second and minimise the loss", Hamilton said.

The Finn was unable to keep Vettel at bay as the four-time champ used his fresher tyres to sweep into the lead but Hamilton also overtook Bottas easily to take the chequered flag just a couple of seconds behind.

It, however, was a question of what could have been were it not for that contact with Raikkonen. Completing the podium was home favourite Lewis Hamilton and Vettel's teammate Kimi Raikkonen respectively. "Interesting tactics I would say from their [Ferrari] side, but we will do what we can to fight them".

Minutes later, the top three arrived for a tense post-race press conference.

But Hamilton was not happy despite his fine comeback drive. The victor was the pilot of the team Ferrari, the German Sebastian Vettel.

Did Hamilton feel the collision was deliberate?

"First of all it was wrong when they gave Vettel five seconds", he told Sky Sports.

"It is a lot of points that Valtteri and I have lost in those two scenarios". So I was nervous I had lost part of my floor or something because the auto was moving for unknown reasons, but then it started to get better and better, after some tweaks to the settings. "So this leaves us with a judgement".

Back to the press conference room, and the Ferrari drivers were fighting their corner.

Wolff said: "In James Allison's words, 'do you think it is deliberate or incompetence?'".

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Later asked if he was "comfortable" with the incident, Wolff replied: "I'm not comfortable at all with the incident because it's tiresome to be taken out in the first lap".

"There wasn't any intention and I find it a bit unnecessary to even go there". Mercedes did not bring him in for fresh rubber, unlike Vettel and Raikkonen. We have been hit also.

"My bad, but that's how it goes sometimes", said the Finn, who recovered to finish third.

What a difference a day makes.

"It's not easy to overtake in a Formula 1 auto and they're trying to make those moves stick on lap one". His start was anything but.

That left him vulnerable as Raikkonen clipped his rear tyre sending him into a tailspin off the track and into last place.

Then when Sauber's Marcus Ericsson skidded off with 19 laps left, Hamilton was handed another lifeline with a safety vehicle. "There is no bumpier track on the calendar than Silverstone", Valtteri Bottas added.

The four-time champion seized the lead at the start and fought back after losing the initiative during two safety vehicle periods to register his second win at Silverstone and the 51st of his career.

Despite the ill feeling towards Ferrari over the nature of the Raikkonen hit, and the one taken by Bottas in Austria at Vettel's hands, to Hamilton it felt like a win.