Vettel prances to victory as Hamilton suffers first lap contact

Toto Wolff knows how to get the best out of Lewis Hamilton

Vettel was thus able to roll home and extend his World Championship lead even if Hamilton's run to second made for some very impressive damage limitation.

Hamilton said he already had plans to be in Russian Federation should the national team make it through to the final on Sunday.

A bad start dropped Hamilton to third and he was then hit by the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen at Turn 3, which dropped the Mercedes driver to 18th.

But despite finding himself at the back of the field Hamilton roared back into contention, helped by a safety auto and some bold tactics from Mercedes, and held on to finish second, although he was clearly still furious after the race.

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Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said: "To put it in James Allison's words, this is either deliberate or incompetence". "It's tiresome to be taken out on the first lap".

The conclusion of Hamilton's next contract is set to coincide with the end of Sebastian Vettel's current deal at Ferrari.

Hamilton recovered to second, aided by Mercedes' decision not to pit him for fresh tyres under a safety vehicle to gain track position, but looked tense alongside Raikkonen while the top three waited to go onto the podium post-race.

However, Hamilton backtracked on his comments, saying he had accepted the Finn's apology for driving into him and learned from his own "dumb" reaction to the incident.




'It's going to be very, very close this weekend.

In both cases, the penalty did not seem sufficient to satisfy Mercedes, or their drivers, after their races were wrecked by rivals' mistakes. "But definitely not on objective, and well deserved to get a 10-second penalty and two points".

The British Grand Prix served up a tribal classic in the pitiless heat of Silverstone, the winners, away team Ferrari, accused of foul play; the losers, home team Mercedes, making defeat a matter of virtue.

Also, in light of the recent shenanigans in Silverstone, inevitably, Rosberg too was asked his opinion on the Raikkonen-Hamilton collision. It's absolutely right that they push for Hamilton.

The race therefore became a battle between the Mercedes keeping their old tyres alive and the aggressive Ferrari and Red Bull Racing cars chasing them down to seize the podium.

"It looked very tight at the front on Friday and so it proved in qualifying: it needed a very good lap from Lewis to put the vehicle on pole and, save for an error in the final corners, Valtteri would have been just behind".

The Swede was unhurt and climbed out to applause from the crowd as a Safety Car was deployed.

"As speeds in F1 continue to rise, particularly in the corners, it's imperative that safety remains at the forefront of the sport", says The Independent. You live to fight another day.

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