Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Vettel wins, Hamilton second at Silverstone

Vettel wins, Hamilton second at Silverstone

Hours after Lewis Hamilton suggested her husband had deliberately driven into him during the British Grand Prix, Minttu Raikkonen took a swipe at people who "cry like a girl" when they lose.

Hamilton bogged down from pole position and was passed by Sebastian Vettel off the line, while Valtteri Bottas relegated his team-mate to third through Abbey.

Pole-sitter Hamilton was hit by Kimi Raikkonen on opening lap after being overtaken by Vettel on the main straight and the incident left the four-time world champion in last place. There is joy to be taken watching Hamilton caning the asphalt bearing a grudge, or, put another, way taking more than a second a lap out of his Ferrari bogeyman Raikkonen.

"A racing incident [with Raikkonen], unfortunate because Le Castellet, first time we got taken out, and now it's the second time we get taken out, and it's a lot of Constructor points".

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

Vettel he admitted he feared he would miss qualifying with a neck complaint, and though he went on to earn second on the grid he confessed to still being a little anxious going into the race.

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 opted to keep both of its drivers out when the Safety Car was deployed due to Marcus Ericsson's crash at Turn 1.

Carlos Sainz was a shock Q1 casualty after the Renault driver encountered traffic on his final qualifying lap, meaning he qualifies 16th just ahead of Stoffel Vandoorne's McLaren.

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.

Hamilton was 29 seconds behind leader Vettel and 11 behind Raikkonen, but he was turning in the quickest laps of the race, and when Daniel Ricciardo stopped for a second time, he was up to fifth.

"I want to remind everyone that in China we had a situation between Vettel and Verstappen and nobody said anything, all fine". That's actually pretty good news, considering the disastrous start by Hamilton. I'm really really happy, ' the German said. I gave everything I could, and I was struggling to stand. "Without the mistakes and the penalty it would have been better, but I tried".

"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".

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