Formula One: Neck and neck, but Sebastian Vettel wins

11 July, 2018, 06:08 | Author: Elena Meyer
  • Vettel triumphant in the battle of Silverstone

Lewis Hamilton on Monday accepted Kimi Raikkonen's apology for a shunt at the start of the British Grand Prix Sunday.

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany, race victor (C) celebrates flanked by second place Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain, left, and third place Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen of Finland.

However, the threat of 2019 being a farewell to the former World War Two airfield that hosted the first world championship race in 1950, and is a home grand prix for most teams, remains real. "Sometimes we say dumb s*** and learn from it".

It was Hamilton that drew first blood at the United Kingdom track, claiming pole position ahead of the Ferrari's of Vettel and Raikkonen, Bottas followed in fourth as the Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo locked out the third row of the grid.

While Vettel, Raikkonen and Max Verstappen headed into the pits under the safety vehicle for soft tyres, Mercedes made a decision to keep both drivers out on track.

Vettel has emerged the clear victor from F1's first-ever triple header of races having led Hamilton by a point going into the French GP on June 24. "To put it in James Allison's (Mercedes technical chief) words, this is either deliberate or incompetence". The Dutchman's Red Bull team, who are supplied with Renault engines, struggled to cope with the power of Mercedes and Ferrari at Silverstone.

"It was a super start, a super race, and yeah, a hammer finish", said Vettel, who had been dealing with a stiff neck for qualifying the day before.

Valtteri Bottas admitted that not coming in under the Safety Car may have been a mistake as he slipped from P1 to P4 during the British Grand Prix.

Hamilton's drive was remarkable; the two safety vehicle periods helped him, but there aren't many drivers in Silverstone's 70-year history that could have recovered as Lewis did. I am privileged to have had the chance to work with you and continue to think in that manner.

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Just a week after a major update at Mercedes helped the German auto manufacturer deliver a pace change in Austria, Ferrari's own developments appeared to make the difference at Silverstone.

"Allison worked at Maranello for many years, but now we are here in England teaching him to be a gentleman".

"I think my car's broken", said the defending champion as he reconciled himself to a charge through a field shaken by the opening lap incidents.

This was a race that, on paper, had Hamilton's name written all over it and should have sent the Briton back to the top of the standings. "I locked the inside wheel a bit, couldn't slow down as much as I wanted, then we obviously touched and he spun".

Lewis Hamilton on track at Silverstone ahead of the 2018 British Grand Prix.

"Lewis was in a very hard position as he was running first, and controlling the race, and then he comes out of the pits in fourth".

'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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