Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Sebastian Vettel - Silly to suggest Kimi Raikkonen hit Lewis Hamilton on goal

Sebastian Vettel Ferrari in the FIA Press Conference Sebastian Vettel 'gave it everything' to pass Valtteri Bottas for the win
Adrian Cunningham | 09 July, 2018, 10:20

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.

"First of all, it was wrong when they gave Vettel five seconds".

The win was Vettel's fourth of the season, 51st of his career, and once-dominant champions Mercedes' first defeat at Silverstone since 2012 before the V6 turbo hybrid era started. Obviously once I was on the inside and I had clean air, it was great.

By lap 11 Hamilton was up to sixth and right back in the hunt having swept past a succession of drivers using the superior power of his Mercedes. The appearance of the safety auto on the 33rd of 52 laps, after Sauber's Marcus Ericsson crashed at Abbey, was greeted with a huge cheer from the 140,500 crowd who had already cheered Hamilton's every overtake.

"It was hard fighting guys with fresher tyres and in a ideal world I would have had brand new tyres but it wasn't that kind of day for me".

Hamilton rushed back into the mix for a podium spot with the majority of runners picking a one-stop strategy until Marcus Ericsson lost control of his Sauber at Turn 1, and his fierce shunt into the tyre barrier brought out a lap 33 safety vehicle.

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The Brit made it all the way through the field to finish on the podium at Silverstone, in P2, ahead of Raikkonen, but was not happy with how the start went.

"This is the greatest race of the year and this is the greatest crowd, and I am sorry that I want able to bring it home for you today but thank you so much for all your support", the Brit continued. "I will not give up, believe me, I will not give up".

In France, Vettel was handed a five seconds penalty and On Sunday, Raikkonen took a 10-seconds penalty, but Mercedes felt these punishments were not sufficient. Sitting out most of final practice, Vettel received various treatments but, unlike in MotoGP and various other championships, F1 drivers are not allowed to be given pain killing injections to see them through the race.

"Things happen sometimes. Funnily enough you start blaming us for doing it on goal but I locked the wheel, unfortunately we touched and we both paid the price for it and that's how it goes sometimes". "The credit goes to Sebastian, who was running like a lion with the neck pain he had", he said.

"It was my mistake. My view, I did the best that I could, but there seems to be opposite looks of what I'm doing unfortunately". "I took the 10 seconds and kept fighting". "There's a lot of points there that Valtteri and I have lost".