How Vettel won at Ferrari's worst track

How Vettel won at Ferrari's worst track

How Vettel won at Ferrari's worst track

Vettel led Bottas when Marcus Ericsson's crash triggered the deployment of the Safety Car on lap 33 of 52, while Hamilton was running in fifth position following his first-lap spin.

At the French Grand Prix, Vettel ran into Hamilton's teammate Valtteri Bottas at the start of the race, an incident which forced him to retire. He was slapped with a 10-second penalty and two points on his drivers' licence.

Bottas and Hamilton also backed the decision, thought the Finn conceded that given the outcome of his race, mirroring Vettel would have led to a better result.

Hamilton's hopes of finishing on the Silverstone podium, let alone claiming a record sixth victory, appeared over after he was spun into the run-off area by Raikkonen and dropped to 18th place.

First, the Englishman broke protocol by refusing to be interviewed after the race and headed straight for the podium green room.

"I think it was absolutely the right decision to do, " said Wolff.

Saying he believes Allison's reaction is down to losing his home race, Arrivabene wants Ferrari to learn from the incident to ensure it reacts in an acceptable manner if beaten by Mercedes in future.

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"It is a lot of points that Valtteri and I have lost in those two scenarios". So I was nervous I had lost part of my floor or something because the vehicle was moving for unknown reasons, but then it started to get better and better, after some tweaks to the settings.

"We've got to work hard as a team to try to lock out the front row and make sure we're fully ahead of these guys".

"It is a lot of constructor points".

Mercedes were left smarting by Ferrari's antics at Silverstone with James Alison questioning whether it was "deliberate or incompetence".

"First of all, it was wrong when they gave Vettel five seconds. I deserve it, I took the 10 seconds and got fighting". "The stewards realised what's going on here..."

Bottas thus inherited the lead while Hamilton moved into third position; Bottas defended from Vettel but relinquished the advantage with six laps left, and also fell behind Hamilton.

Vettel shrugged off the accusations.

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Hamilton said that his immediate post-race remarks were down to the exhaustion he felt after such a demanding race. I, at least, would struggle to be that precise and take somebody out.

"I lost almost 3kg [in body fluids] trying to get back to the top for you and my team", he said, addressing his 6.7 million followers on the social media platform.

"I think that both strategies are valid. There wasn't any intention and I find it unnecessary to go there".

Hamilton was on pole on Sunday and made a poor start before his brush with Raikkonen who apologised and accepted the blame.

The victor was the pilot of the team Ferrari, the German Sebastian Vettel. "It was not a straightforward race".

"It was my mistake, so that's fine". That is how it goes. "I deserved it", he added of the penalty.

Later, responding to the comments from Mercedes, Raikkonen said: "That's how it goes sometimes".

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"The accident was unfair basically, because it's the second time a Ferrari hits us in the first corner, and it's not amusing".

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