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Hamilton backtracks while Ferrari boss attacks Merc

Hamilton backtracks while Ferrari boss attacks Merc

Hamilton backtracks while Ferrari boss attacks Merc

2016 Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg has dismissed the idea that Kimi Raikkonen deliberately hit Lewis Hamilton on the opening lap of the British Grand Prix.

Brilliant pit-stop strategy by Mercedes following two safety cars late in the race then saw Hamilton sneak further ahead, though it was not enough to overhaul Vettel.

The collision sparked huge scrutiny over the Ferrari vs Mercedes 2018 fight as it came just two races after Raikkonen's team-mate Sebastian Vettel wiped out the other Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas in France.

Despite a solid performance by Lewis Hamilton, Ferrari, spearheaded by Sebastian Vettel, came out on top during the British Grand Prix.

It was Ferrari's first win in Britain since 2011.

Vettel pitted for new tires while the safety vehicle was out following Marcus Ericsson's crash. "I had the advantage of the tyres, but it was not easy to find a way through".

"It was my mistake", he said. I could have easily taken second place today, but we chose to go for it.

On another sweltering afternoon in central England, with a track temperature of 53 degrees Celsius (127 degrees Fahrenheit), the drama began immediately.

While Vettel led from Bottas at the front all eyes were on Hamilton and his comeback drive through the field. Such emotion is what makes a sport otherwise dominated by data and technical details so fascinating to watch, but when the adrenaline subsides in Brackley the blame will no doubt focus on the true cause of Hamilton's missed opportunity: his poor getaway at the start. "And in a flawless world, I would have had new tires - but it wasn't that kind of day for me", Hamilton said.

"First of all it was wrong when they gave Vettel five seconds", Lauda told Sky Sports F1.

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"If it had been Bottas, it would have been five seconds, that's the thing".

Hamilton's hopes of finishing on the Silverstone podium, let alone claiming a record sixth victory, appeared over after he was spun into the run-off area by Raikkonen and dropped to 18th place.

Then the race took another unexpected twist when Swede Marcus Ericsson crashed out at 200mph. Only 14 cars finished the race, with both Sauber cars stopping early as well as Red Bull's Max Verstappen retiring after 46 laps.

Instead, the Mercedes driver slipped eight points behind Sebastian Vettel, with the real possibility that his German rival will be leading into the August break.

After their strategic fiasco, in Austria, this was a bold move by Mercedes who took first and third on track with used medium tyres, but without the benefit of fresh "soft" tyres.

"I knew that the fans were right there with me; every time I go out I see them cheering", said the Mercedes driver. "You're the fastest out there by miles", he said.

The safety vehicle was out again after Romain Grosjean and Carlos Sainz collided.

On re-start, at Stowe, Bottas pulled away.

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