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Ferrari says British Grand Prix was 'good for Formula 1'

Ferrari says British Grand Prix was 'good for Formula 1'

The next few laps saw former leader Bottas fall to fourth, falling victim to overtakes from Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Räikkönen.

Bottas was unable to fend off Vettel for the win and later lost positions to Hamilton and Raikkonen as his tyres degraded.

With Scuderia Ferrari driver Vettel in front, Mercedes chose to do the opposite of what Vettel did - ultimately choosing to leave him out, giving him track position but on older, slower tyres.

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.

Raikkonen was then all over the back of Hamilton's Mercedes gearbox, and the Finn locked up at the right-handed turn three and slammed into his opponent.

Vettel had already assumed the lead after jumping Hamilton off the line and built a commanding lead in the first part of the opening stint, opening up a six-second gap over Bottas.

Two safety cars allowed Hamilton to reel in the lead and he was toe-to-toe with Vettel in the final laps.




Lapping well around the 5.891-kilometre course, Hamilton soon moved into the points and was 25 seconds off Vettel by lap 9, with the German 5 seconds ahead of Bottas at the front. I will not give up. "I took the 10 seconds and kept fighting, that's how it goes". Hamilton finished second and surrendered more ground to the German in what is turning out to be an epic and see-sawing title fight. Within ten laps he was running in the top-ten, within 15 he was snorting into the top-five.

"I lost almost 3kg [in body fluids] trying to get back to the top for you and my team", he said, addressing his 6.7 million followers on the social media platform.

Hamilton added: "All I would say is that it's two races in which a Ferrari has taken out a Mercedes".

Vettel, who leads Hamilton by one point going into the 10th of 21 races, had been fastest in the second practice on the Silverstone track on Friday, while Hamilton topped the first.

Then when Sauber's Marcus Ericsson skidded off with 19 laps left, Hamilton was handed another lifeline with a safety auto. "I gave everything I could, I was struggling to stand". Last of the remaining runners in 18th was the best the Russian could manage.

Later asked if he was "comfortable" with the incident, Wolff replied: "I'm not comfortable at all with the incident because it's tiresome to be taken out in the first lap".

"I can't really comment as I don't know the thought process that went on there, but I do know there was widespread criticism of the leniency of the penalty given in France".