Vettel triumphant in the battle of Silverstone

Annette Crawford
July 10, 2018

Lewis Hamilton battled back from last to second as his championship rival Sebastian Vettel won a dramatic British Grand Prix.

Championship leader Sebastian Vettel hit Hamilton's team-mate Valtteri Bottas at the first corner of the French Grand Prix, forcing both to return to the pits to fix damage and fight from the back.

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.

Mercedes have expressed frustration with the Ferrari drivers' errors but, speaking on Sunday evening, Toto Wolff said he had no complaints with the way stewards were applying the rulebook.

"In [technical director] James Allison's words, 'do you think it is deliberate or incompetence?'".

On a great day for British sport, with England also beating Sweden 2-0 to reach the World Cup semi-finals in Russia, Hamilton recorded his own bit of qualifying history as he stormed to his 50th pole position with Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport.

"We need to find some performance in the race starts to avoid incidents like we saw".

"The decision promoted Bottas, who had run second from the start, to the lead ahead of Vettel, while it gained Hamilton two places on the track, propelling him to third ahead of Red Bull's Max Verstappen and Raikkonen", says Andrew Benson of the BBC.

"If you can't understand and appreciate that, then I fully understand. Who is he [Allison] to judge what the drivers are doing in the vehicle?" the Scuderia boss told Sky Italia.

Hamilton added: "All I would say is that it's two races in which a Ferrari has taken out a Mercedes".

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

Hamilton said: "Nobody is better qualified to tell us what the fans want than the fans themselves".

"We have got to keep pushing", Hamilton said.

"At the third corner I locked the wheel so I ended up hitting Lewis on the rear corner". "It's tiresome to be taken out on the first lap".

Hamilton was 29 seconds behind leader Vettel and 11 behind Raikkonen, but he was turning in the quickest laps of the race, and when Daniel Ricciardo stopped for a second time, he was up to fifth. Especially here because I mean, here is not easy. I sweat my arse off in that race. It was a great drama - I think a race that I enjoyed a lot and I think the people enjoyed a lot.

Aside from the controversial remark, Sebastian Vettel opened up his lead in the drivers' standings to eight points with his first victory at Silverstone since 2009. 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.

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