Vettel overcomes pain to hold off Hamilton

Tanya Simon
July 10, 2018

While comments from Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes made in the heat of the moment after the Silverstone race stirred up the idea that the first lap collision could have been on goal, Rosberg thinks that the incident was simply down to Raikkonen messing up.

Hamilton was spun round at the first corner by Vettel's Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, but turned in a masterful display, and took advantage of two safety vehicle periods to finish behind Vettel.

Bottas led the race at that point, followed by Vettel and Hamilton, but Vettel managed to sneak past and into first place in lap 48, earning his fourth win of the season.

"Interesting tactics, I would say, from their side", Hamilton complained immediately afterward.

His team boss Toto Wolff went further, borrowing from a conversation with technical chief James Allison, who had asked whether he thought it was "deliberate or incompetence".

The reigning world champion clawed his way back to 14th within a matter of laps and continued to fight through the field.

When Hamilton and Mercedes' comments were put to Vettel and Raikkonen in the post-race press conference, the duo ruled out any malice.

"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.

Vettel leads the table with 171 points, compared to 163 for Hamilton, who had to recover after the shunt saw him drop back to last place, and 116 for third-placed Raikkonen.

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"It's not easy to overtake in a Formula 1 vehicle and they're trying to make those moves stick on lap one".

"I had to go over the limit to get that time out of the vehicle, which is unsafe", Hamilton said, still shaking a little, adding it was his "most pressurised" lap ever.

Hamilton said that "sometimes we say dumb" things and "we learn from it".

Hamilton and Mercedes will renew their rivalry with Ferrari at Vettel's home race in Germany a week on Sunday.

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Hamilton afforded Raikkonen space at the right-handed third turn during the frenetic Silverstone race, but the Finn locked up, before his left-front tyre thudded into the right-rear of Hamilton's Mercedes.

"Qualifying wasn't very enjoyable, I did as little runs as possible and I had the padding just to support in the corners where I was resting my head".

Two weeks ago in Austria, Vettel only received a five-second penalty for taking out Bottas on the first lap.

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