Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Lewis Hamilton accused of 'crying like a girl' following collision at Silverstone

Lewis Hamilton accused of 'crying like a girl' following collision at Silverstone

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel extended his lead at the top of the Formula One standings with a thrilling victory at Sunday's British Grand Prix.

Hartley took his place on the start line for the main race - won by Germany's Sebastian Vettel - but was unable to complete the first lap when his rebuilt Toro Rosso vehicle limped into the pits.

Vettel dived for the lead with five laps to go, passing Bottas as the pair headed in to Brooklands, and a lap later saw second turn to third, as Hamilton gained yet another place on his mission to get back to the front.

An angry Hamilton said immediately after the Silverstone race: "Interesting tactics I would say from this side but we'll do what we can to fight them".

Mercedes team-principal hardened the response into quasi-accusation.

I'm very grateful that the vehicle was in one piece after the incident in Turn 3 and that I could continue the race.

Vettel's win for Ferrari wrecked Hamilton's hopes of taking a record fifth win in succession and a record sixth overall, but the Englishman - who was last after a collision with Kimi Raikkonen on the opening lap - produced a heroic drive to finish second for Mercedes.

"I said you need to question whether it was incompetence or deliberate - a stupid comment of mine in the emotion", he said.

In a subsequent response to a fan who defended Hamilton, she added: "Just to be clear, I was not talking about the driver but the team who was crying afterwards that someone did something on goal".

He added: 'In the future, we have got to position ourselves better so we are not exposed to the red cars because who knows when that is going to happen again'. I think it's easy to attack and have a great move, and easy to have an incident.

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.

But Ferrari are fuming at Hamilton and their former technical chief James Allison who quit the Italian outfit to join Mercedes in 2016.

Speaking after the race, Bottas said that whilst the team gambled for a race win and lost, "one day" they will win that gamble. Sometimes they want to teach us how to be gentlemen.

"We have got to keep pushing", Hamilton said. "I deserve it, I took the 10 seconds and got fighting". "I would be surprised if there was anything else or if Kimi is that kind of driver".

With this win, Vettel increased his tally to 171 points in the overall drivers' classification, eight points ahead of reigning champion Hamilton. "At least I would struggle to be that precise in order to take someone out".

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