Mercedes off the track and leaving him last.

Hamilton was on a charge from the first lap, back up to seventh after nine laps but still 26 seconds behind his fellow four-times world champion.

While Wolff admitted the Hamilton-Raikkonen clash was a racing incident, he said: "Le Castellet was the first time we got taken out and this is the second, it's a lot of constructor points. Sometimes we talk nonsense and we learn from this".

A recovery drive at Silverstone from Hamilton saw him climb the field to second to limit the distance between himself and Vettel as the German took an eight-point lead at the top of the drivers' standings.


Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas last won a race when he won the 2017 season finale, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen last won a race when he won the 2013 season opener, the Australian Grand Prix, when he was still driving for Lotus.

"Really, really pleased with the result" remarked race victor Vettel, "especially here, a track that we've struggled at in the past, it was nice to see that we were strong all weekend and able to fight for the win, obviously we got the lead back in the end, it felt very satisfying". Ferrari team boss Maurizio Arrivabene told his driver. As frustrating as it was to see Hamilton taken out by Kimi Raikkonen just two weeks after Vettel hit Valtteri Bottas on the opening lap in France, the comments made by Wolff were inadvisable at best. Hamilton ended up at the back of the pack, after which he drove an incredible race and managed to make his way back up the order to finish in second place.

Mercedes found their tactics under scrutiny yet again at Silverstone after leaving both drivers out on the track after Marcus Ericsson's late crash led to the safety vehicle being deployed. Go be great today and be you and give zero f**** to what anybody thinks. "You have to be elegant and know how to lose". And his Ferrari team, probably irked by Mercedes' claims of foul play, could not resist a sly dig at the Silver Arrows after yesterday's race.

"Allison worked at Maranello for many years, but now we are here in England teaching him to be a gentleman. A thing that they (Mercedes) haven't done". "I locked the inside wheel a bit, couldn't slow down as much as I wanted, then we obviously touched and he spun".


"And I want to remind everyone that, in China, we had a situation between Vettel and Verstappen and nobody said anything".

"We have got another 11 races to go and it already feels like the longest season of my life, but this race encourages me that I still have the fight in my heart".

'It's true that they are very strong around here and we expect them to be very strong tomorrow, but I hope we can be there and I hope we can be close.


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