Lewis Hamilton questions Ferrari ‘tactics’ after British GP

Lewis Hamilton

GETTY Lewis Hamilton is line to receive a bumper new contract to stay at Mercedes

Hamilton was spun round at the first corner by Vettel's Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, but turned in a masterful display, and took advantage of two safety auto periods to finish behind Vettel.

"We know it was just a stupid mistake on Kimi's part". 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.

In France, Sebastian Vettel hit Valtteri Bottas into turn one, hampering both their races. MC Martin Brundle suggested Hamilton wanted to give himself a few minutes to calm down before addressing the vast crowd, but the five-times British Grand Prix victor says it was because he had fought so hard to recover from last place he could barely stand.

The post race spat overshadowed Hamilton's stunning drive to finish second to Sebastian Vettel who he now trails by eight points in a title fight he admits is his hardest ever.

Hamilton said: "Nobody is better qualified to tell us what the fans want than the fans themselves".

In a race with two late safety vehicle periods, reigning champion Hamilton went from pole position to the rear of the field before finishing second for Mercedes in a superb fightback.

Vettel crossed the line an ecstatic man, recording Ferrari's first win at the Mercedes-dominated circuit since 2011 and Vettel's first victory in England since 2009. "Who is he [Allison] to judge what the drivers are doing in the auto?" the Scuderia boss told Sky Italia. "Obviously if you get overtaken at the start or on the first lap then the whole thing becomes trickier". I would have liked to be closer, but I wasn't.

"This is not the way anyone goes racing anymore". By all accounts, the updates Mercedes brought to its auto during the triple header have given the W09 the edge over the Ferrari, but it's by no means huge.

Wolff was none too pleased with the current gap between Mercedes and Ferrari in the Constructors' rankings. What Silverstone offers is different from anything a new track can bring.

"It's the home race of Mercedes [and Hamilton], so you have to be quite strong", he continued.

The German, who had struggled with a neck strain on Saturday, said: "I was a bit concerned going into the race but I was fine, probably a bit of adrenaline". You get it right and you get it wrong. "Sometimes we say dumb s*** and learn from it".

Races have been lost through mechanical misfortune, strategy blunders, racing incidents, or the simple fact that rivals have come up with a better vehicle for a particular circuit.

'We try to kill their [Mercedes] magic. "With this competition we are looking to give more access to information and data - some of which has never been shared beyond the garage and cockpit".

Viewed in that context, it's easy to understand why emotions were running so high in Silverstone.

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