Hamilton vows to move on after Raikkonen apology

Hamilton vows to move on after Raikkonen apology

All of which sounded like anguished moans of the vanquished to Vettel, who with victory extended his championship lead to eight points.

"My team did an incredible job this weekend", said Hamilton, when he was, eventually, interviewed on the podium and after the two Ferrari men had departed.

Vettel had been suffering with neck pains on Saturday and was at one point a doubt for taking part in the session. He acknowledged he had been concerned ahead of the race itself. It doesn't matter. It held up.

Whilst it looked like Bottas would remain behind Vettel for the duration of the race, a surprise safety auto threw teams a strategy curveball.

However, Hamilton subsequently said he was "dumb" to imply Raikkonen might have deliberately collided with him.

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Hamilton was seething was the race at Silverstone and suggested that Ferrari were implementing some "interesting tactics" during a race. Later he was quick to say it wasn't an issue: "I don't have any concerns".

Vettel believes Ferrari's victory and improvement at Silverstone, a track where they have been thoroughly dominated by Mercedes in recent years, shows that they have a well-rounded 2018 auto.

Vettel finished 2.264 seconds ahead of Hamilton.

Hamilton said that his immediate post-race remarks were down to the exhaustion he felt after such a demanding race.

"That's how it goes sometimes". "It was not a straightforward race".

That was no comfort to Hamilton, who quickly worked his way back through the back-runners as he posted the fastest lap times.

Driving conditions were ideal under clear blue skies and temperatures well above the seasonal norms, though the heat made tire management tricky for the teams.

Out came the safety vehicle again.

Her cryptic comments are bound to anger Mercedes and Hamilton even though the Brit said he had accepted Raikkonen's full apology for wrecking his race. "I know I'm not flawless".

The Swede was unhurt and climbed out to applause from the crowd as a Safety Car was deployed. By lap 47, the Ferrari finally used DRS to storm past the Finn and soar into the distance. Bottas then let Hamilton past to challenge the German.

Polesitter Hamilton bogged down at the start, dropping him to third and putting him under pressure from Raikkonen on the approach to the Village complex.

Force India had a solid weekend at Silverstone, with both Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez both finishing in the top ten and collecting seven points between them. He was 19th and last, Brendon Hartley having failed to start in his Toro Rosso.

In a championship as tight as this winning and losing rarely meets with acceptance. "I'm great to have been able to get back to second and minimise the loss", Hamilton said. Funnily enough you start blaming us for doing it on goal but I locked the wheel, unfortunately we touched and we both paid the price for it and that's how it goes sometimes. "I will continue to give it everything and I'm sure that one day it will work out".

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