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Lewis Hamilton accuses Ferrari of dirty tricks

Lewis Hamilton accuses Ferrari of dirty tricks

Hamilton ended up finishing second but with Sebastian Vettel winning, he has now extended his championship lead to eight points.

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. I, at least, would struggle to be that precise and take somebody out. It doesn't matter. It held up.

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

He was soon up to 16th and by lap nine he was eighth, but some distance from Vettel, who led Bottas by six seconds on lap 12. It nevertheless marked an impressive drive from the 2007 world champion following his earlier penalty.

When the Safety Car came in, Bottas surged clear while Hamilton defended from Verstappen before Carlos Sainz and Romain Grosjean collided at Copse, triggering another Safety Car.

"It's easy to say after the last couple of races that we're suddenly doing something against them, but we've been hit pretty many times also, so that's how it goes, unfortunately". Later he was quick to say it wasn't an issue: "I don't have any concerns".

Toto Wolff stands by his team's decision not to pit Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton under the Safety Car at the British Grand Prix. Hamilton was able to pull out some quick laps, yet Vettel was quick to respond, keeping his rival at an arm's length. The Spaniard was left fuming about Kevin Magnussen's late race moves, though, with McLaren reporting the Dane to the stewards after he reportedly tried to force Alonso onto the grass.

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

The appearance of the safety vehicle on the 33rd of 52 laps, after Sauber's Marcus Ericsson crashed at Abbey, was greeted with a huge cheer from the 140,500 crowd who had already cheered Hamilton's every overtake. He was able to emerge unaided.

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Both incidents resulted in penalties for the Ferrari drivers involved, but those did not cancel out the advantage their team gained.

Hamilton, who took time out before addressing the crowd and looked drained by his exertions, later said he had no concerns and no problem with Raikkonen. Don't give up, mate! But with 20 seconds still separating the title contenders, it appeared Mercedes' best hopes of victory lay with Bottas in second, who had whittled the gap down to just two seconds at the front of the pack.

"It was very, very hard with our tires, fighting against people with brand-new tires for sure. I know I'm not ideal", he wrote.

The safety vehicle was out again after Romain Grosjean and Carlos Sainz collided.

There was a handshake for his German foe but Hamilton studiously avoided Raikkonen.

"But the vehicle is strong...it's going to be a struggle with the guys ahead".

Bottas was fourth with Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo fifth and Nico Hulkenberg sixth for Renault. Pierre Gasly was 10th for Toro Rosso.

The Silverstone circuit was celebrating 70 years since the Royal Automobile Club held a Grand Prix on the former wartime airfield in 1948, when Luigi Villoresi led an Italian 1-2 for Maserati.

"Things can happen, but I think it's quite silly to think that anything that happened was deliberate", he said. "I gave him enough space but that was not enough: we still made contact and I lost the place".