Vettel wins British Grand Prix as Hamilton fights back to claim second

Vettel wins British Grand Prix as Hamilton fights back to claim second

I am privileged to have had the chance to work with you and continue to think in that manner. We knew a one-stop was not going to be easy, but we chose to take the risk.

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.

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 incident also prompted a stunning charge from Hamilton, who roared back from last place to finish second and minimise the damage to his title prospects.

A furious Hamilton and his Mercedes team believed Raikkonen may have crashed into him on objective to afford Sebastian Vettel free reign at the front of the field. "I will not give up, believe me, I will not give up".

The Briton appeared drained by the effort, and deeply unimpressed by a first-lap collision with Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen that sent him spinning to the back.

As Arrivabene raged at Mercedes' ungentlemanly behaviour and post-race suggestions of deliberate underhand tactics, Hamilton said Sunday's collision was "a racing incident and nothing more".

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However, even though he finished exactly where he likely would have finished had Raikkonen not spun him out on the first lap of the race around the 18-turn, 3.661-mile (5.891-kilometer) Silverstone Circuit in Silverstone (part Northamptonshire and part Buckinghamshire), England, United Kingdom, Hamilton was none too pleased with the Maranello-based organization. "Every bit of energy I had". The comments directly after the race on Sunday were a clear indication of how much those 52 laps had meant to him and how painful the defeat had been. As it stands, the race is set to leave the historic venue after next year's edition, with the British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC) set to activate a clause allowing Silverstone to terminate its contract - which was due to run until 2026 - with the Formula One race after 2019.

Silverstone was also the last round where we will see Pirelli's thinner gauge tyres.

And I think Lewis has his engineers to thank for the second place finish. "I am sorry I could not bring it home for you today".

In the past three weekends, we have lost points through our own mistakes and those of others - now we need to get our heads down, keep developing and put the performance to good use in the next 11 races.

Lewis said: "That lap took everything out of me, it was the toughest lap I've ever had to do in a qualifying session".

However, he was playing catch-up from as early as the third turn of the race, with Kimi Raikkonen locking his front wheel and sliding into Hamilton's rear, causing the Mercedes to spin.

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