Ferrari says British Grand Prix was 'good for Formula 1'

Tanya Simon
July 9, 2018

The Ferraris experienced some tyre issues in free practice, but in Austria they had superior tyre life compared to Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes, which could be a big advantage if its replicated in Silverstone.

Ferrari F1 team principal Maurizio Arrivabene said the Silverstone British Grand Prix was "good for Formula 1" with both Ferraris and both Mercedes duking it out at the front in the closing stages of the race.

Raikkonen crossed the line ahead of Valtteri Bottas, who had led with only five laps of the race remaining. We've already given you one!

Hamilton was on a charge from the first lap, back up to seventh after nine laps but still 26 seconds behind his fellow four-times world champion.

"Why? Things can happen", the German said. I think it's easy to attack and have a great move and easy to have an incident.

Kimi Raikkonen crashed into Lewis Hamilton causing the race leader to go from pole to dead last.

The Englishman clearly blamed the Finn, who was handed a 10-seconds penalty, for the crash and found it hard to face Raikkonen or accept an apology. "It's easy to say after the last couple of races but we've been hit plenty of times in the past". "Infamy, infamy, they've all got it in for me", he nearly said.

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

Later, responding to the comments from Mercedes, Raikkonen said: "That's how it goes sometimes". After the race, Hamilton walked away from the interviews conducted in parc ferme and went straight to the cool-down room.


Vettel, who increased his narrow lead in the driver standings, responded by dismissing the talk as "quite silly".

Once released, the safety vehicle barely had time to wind its windows back up before it was required again, Carlos Sainz and Romain Grosjean squeezing eachother and ending up in the gravel at Turn 1.

Bottas was fourth with Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo fifth and Nico Hulkenberg sixth for Renault.

"I was a bit concerned going into the race but I was fine, probably a bit of adrenaline", said the German, who had struggled with a neck strain on Saturday.

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