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Mercedes camp sees Raikkonen maneuver as 'deliberate or incompetent'

British Grand Prix: Unhappy Lewis Hamilton points fin.. 'interesting tactics' after finishing second in race Lewis Hamilton recovers from first lap crash as Sebastian Vettel wins British Grand Prix
Cary Erickson | 13 July, 2018, 05:12

Afterwards, Hamilton lamented being unable to delivery victory for home fans which would have also seen him nail a record sixth British Grand Prix.

The polesitter had already been overtaken by Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas at the start. As a result, Raikkonen got a 10s penalty while Hamilton was at the back of the field.

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.

He was slapped with a 10-second penalty and two points on his drivers' licence.

Lewis Hamilton lead Sebastian Vettel eaely in the race before things started falling apart.

Vettel had the edge after the first runs in the Q3 top 10 shootout by 57 thousandths of a second, but Hamilton turned the tables on the second runs. This Hammer-time Sunday at Silverstone was, therefore, about limiting the damage, the scale of which was understood when Vettel returned to the track after his first pit stop a place ahead of Hamilton on lap 21. "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.

Later, when asked if he felt the move by Raikkonen was deliberate, the Brit replied: "All I would say is that in two races the Ferraris have taken out one of the Mercedes". Hamilton second with 163 points.

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He was soon up to 16th and by lap nine he was eighth, but some distance from Vettel, who led Bottas by six seconds on lap 12.

'The Safety Car spiced it up, it was a nice battle with Valtteri! I'm really really happy, ' the German said.

Hamilton recovered to second, aided by Mercedes decision not to pit him for fresh tyres under a safety auto to gain track position, but looked tense alongside Raikkonen while the top three waited to go onto the podium post-race.

Although frustrated by the first period of the race, Wolff said Mercedes did the right thing in not pitting during the first safety auto period, even though it left Valtteri Bottas exposed in the lead as other drivers took fresh tyres.

Bottas resisted Vettel again at the restart before coming under attack into the Brooklands left-hander at the end of the Wellington Straight three laps in row.

Starting second on the grid, Vettel benefitted from Hamilton's slow start to stay ahead until the final laps of the race. "The numbers look good to me", came Bono's response.

We've loosened it up and I think the night will help for the race.