February 18, 2019

Mercedes ignites war of words with Ferrari over British GP incident

10 July 2018, 11:27 | Anna Jefferson

British Grand Prix: Unhappy Lewis Hamilton points fin.. 'interesting tactics' after finishing second in race

Vettel triumphant in the battle of Silverstone

Hamilton was 29 seconds behind leader Vettel and 11 behind Raikkonen, but he was turning in the quickest laps of the race, and when Daniel Ricciardo stopped for a second time, he was up to fifth. So I was nervous I had lost part of my floor or something because the auto was moving for unknown reasons, but then it started to get better and better, after some tweaks to the settings.

With the victory, Vettel extended his lead in the drivers championship, now eight points ahead on 171 points.

Scrabbling for answers after the race, Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff hinted at Ferrari foul play.

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.

Hamilton explained his decision to go straight to the podium cool-down room after the race, rather than stay in parc ferme for the top-three interviews, was because "I didn't have much to give at that time and needed to take a deep breath".

"It was a hard race, but I gave it everything and I'm grateful to make it back up to second".

When all is said and done, Vettel may look back at his British Grand Prix win as the turning point in the championship.

Hamilton hinted at "interesting tactics" from Ferrari post-race but took to Instagram on Monday to say: "Kimi said sorry and I accept it and we move on".

In a race with two safety-car periods, reigning champion Hamilton went from pole position to the rear of the field before finishing second for Mercedes in a superb fightback. "Every bit of energy I had". Obviously it's a racing incident and I can't see behind me. Had Hamilton nailed his start on Sunday and emerged from the opening corners in first place, there is no reason to believe Vettel would have had the pace or the tyre life to challenge him.

"It was a super start, a super race and, yeah, a hammer finish", Vettel said.

The Finn added: "The Ferraris looked strong yesterday and it was very close today between us and them, so I expect a similarly close fight tomorrow". "I think it's working well on these kind of tracks but to be honest everywhere it works quite good".

"I said you need to question whether it was incompetence or deliberate - a stupid comment of mine in the emotion", he said. "Everybody brings updates to every race and there is never a silver bullet that provides you three tenths or four tenths, which was the difference between us and Ferrari past year".

Hamilton has now lost points in six of the 10 races so far this season either through his own mistake as at Silverstone or technical problems and botched strategy calls by Merc. Fans took to social media to slam the Briton's words and felt that he was exaggerating, while completing disregarding the fact that Raikkonen did get a penalty for the incident.

Other News

Trending Now

Starbucks to eliminate plastic straws from all stores
McDonald's said earlier this year that it would stop using plastic straws at all of its stores in the United Kingdom and Ireland. This would apply to its more than 28,000 company operated and licensed stores, the coffee giant announced on Monday (Jul 9).

5 things to know about Amazon Prime day
The annual retail holiday, which has become the biggest shopping day outside of Black Friday , is only open to members. Amazon has a Hitachi 50-inch 4K LED TV on sale for $289.99 as its Deal of the Day.

Nirbhaya case: SC dismisses review plea - will the accused be hanged now?
July 9 on a plea filed by two out of four convicts in 2012 Delhi gang-rape case, seeking review of the death penalty . Hanging a few men will not change the manner in which women are affected by sexual violence in their daily lives.

Woman behind Trudeau groping claims speaks
Trudeau said he apologized at the time because the woman felt something wrong had happened - even if he felt otherwise. Hehr's event drew a big crowd of Calgarians keen to have their photo snapped and shake hands with the prime minister.

Johnny Depp sued for allegedly punching film crew
The location manager alleged he could smell alcohol on Depp's breath at the time of the incident. TMZ said its attempts for a comment from Depp's representatives were unsuccessful.

Trump names conservative judge Brett Kavanaugh as Supreme Court nominee
Before retiring in 2013, Kyl was a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will be the first to consider the nomination . The nomination is poised to cement the Supreme Court's conservative majority, vastly reshaping the court for decades to come.

Paul Gascoigne will fly to Moscow for World Cup semi-final
Vardy was an unused substitute in England's quarter-final win over Sweden on Saturday after picking up a groin injury last week. Croatia , with seemingly the entire nation backing the Three Lions from near and far.

Antonio Conte returns to take Chelsea training
And the Spanish duo were both involved as Chelsea FC underwent their first pre-season training session on Sunday. Chelsea endured a rather frustrating season last term in the Premier League as they finished fifth on the table.

China May Be 'Exerting Negative Pressure' on North Korea, Trump Says
And he said some progress had been made towards agreeing "the modalities" of North Korea's destruction of a missile facility. Speaking privately, U.S. officials suggested the harshly-worded North Korean statement was a negotiating tactic.

Gal Gadot Visits Children’s Hospital in Full Wonder Woman Costume
Gadot, who is filming the Wonder Woman sequel in the DC area, was dubbed "a true Wonder Woman " by one staff member. The kids loved it.and so did the staff. #wonderwoman84, ' he wrote above the picture.