Lewis Hamilton lashes out at Ferrari after British Grand Prix

Clyde Nash
July 11, 2018

Hamilton hit out at Ferrari's dirty track tactics after he charged back to second place but did not shake hands with Raikkonen following the race at Silverstone on Sunday.

Sebastian Vettel broke British hearts with a memorable victory at Silverstone after dispatching pole-sitter and crowd favourite Lewis Hamilton.

Cheered on by his loyal home fans, Hamilton clocked a flying lap of 1m 25.892s in Q3 to pip Vettel to first place on the grid.

The fact that Hamilton is only eight points adrift after 10 races is remarkable, considering that Mercedes have only won three times so far in 2018. Speaking after the race, Raikkonen admitted he "deserved" the penalty.

What allowed Sebastian Vettel through was the pace he was forcing Bottas to drive at, with the Finn's tyres eventually falling away from him.

Hamilton's charge up the field proved that he is a brilliant driver, but also highlighted the difference between the engines in F1.

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"There is no way I can compete with new tyres", he said. "If BWT decides to walk out of Formula One, I can't be stuck with the BWT chassis name". 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. It's the most intense battle I think we've probably all had.

He clearly felt Ferrari had gained from an opening lap crash, in the same way they had when Vettel collided with Hamilton's Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas on the opening lap of the French Grand Prix two weeks ago. "Every bit of energy I had".

"The final move, obviously I was able to surprise him so I think he thought that I won't dare [go on] the inside and the braking zone was coming quite fast".

"I think we need to improve our vehicle until the end of the year, that will be key because then you have something to fight, and if you have something to fight and something to play with, you can make things happen".

'It's true that they are very strong around here and we expect them to be very strong tomorrow, but I hope we can be there and I hope we can be close.

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

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Bottas ended the race fourth after fending off Daniel Ricciardo's advances, the Australian having been promoted from sixth when his Red Bull Racing teammate, Max Verstappen retired after spinning off the road late in the race.

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff had suggested two collisions between Ferraris and his cars in three races were either deliberate or incompetent.

Arrivabene was livid as he responded on Monday.

"Obviously we're in a tough battle this year and it's the most intense battle that I think we've probably all had but I'm very, very grateful that the auto was still in one piece after the first turn three incident".

"If Friday's running proves as accurate a gauge of tomorrow's relative performance as it did for today's, then we are in for a tight and tough afternoon, when strategy and tyre management will play vital parts in who gets to the lift the silverware at the end".

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