Saturday, 21 July, 2018

Hamilton limited the damage, but Ferrari are the real winners

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Cassandra Castillo | 13 July, 2018, 05:11

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.

Bottas was unable to fend off Vettel for the win and later lost positions to Hamilton and Raikkonen as his tyres degraded.

"Unfortunate because Le Castellet first time we got taken out and now it is the second time we got taken out".

The decisive moment was with Raikkonen would come as the Finn locked his brakes into Village and tagged the Mercedes, spinning Lewis around and dropping him down the field.

A slow start cost him places to Vettel and Bottas before Raikkonen ran into his rear and was given a 10-second time penalty.

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.

There were many factors in Sebastian Vettel's British GP win: first-lap tangles, safety cars, strategies and last-gasp passing. "I will not give up", said Hamilton after falling eight points behind race victor Vettel.

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But he surged back into contention and thanks to the safety auto being deployed on two occasions late on in the race surged into second place.

"Interesting tactics I would say from this side but we'll do what we can to fight them", Hamilton said. Hamilton second with 163 points.

He had brought it down to 2.4s when Marcus Ericsson lost the rear of his auto when he turned into the first corner with DRS still open and flew across the gravel and nose-first into the tyres.

It was the second time in three races that a Ferrari driver had been at fault for colliding with a Mercedes vehicle on an opening lap.

The German finished 2.264 seconds ahead of Hamilton for his fourth win of the season, denying Hamilton what would have been a fifth straight win in his home race. Believe me, I will not give up.

"When something like that happens, there's going to be speculation but to me it just looked like a racing accident", he said.

"Historically it has not been a very strong track for us, but today has been a good start, and hopefully we can improve tomorrow and kill their magic". "Without the mistakes and the penalty it would have been better, but I tried". But I mean, I want to give them a message: "it's been a handsome battle, a battle that I think the audience appreciated, there will be other battles where most likely Mercedes will win, this is a lesson for us to stay classy, a thing that they haven't done today".

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