Under-fire Mercedes to go 'full attack' on strategy at Silverstone

Ross Houston
July 10, 2018

However, even though he finished exactly where he likely would have finished had Raikkonen not spun him out on the first lap of the race around the 18-turn, 3.661-mile (5.891-kilometer) Silverstone Circuit in Silverstone (part Northamptonshire and part Buckinghamshire), England, United Kingdom, Hamilton was none too pleased with the Maranello-based organization.

Hamilton was spun round at the first corner by Vettel's Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, but turned in a masterful display, and took advantage of two safety auto periods to finish behind Vettel.

Hamilton recovered from last, following a collision with Kimi Raikkonen, to finish second in a dramatic race.

The win was Vettel's fourth of the season, 51st of his career, and once-dominant champions Mercedes' first defeat at Silverstone since 2012 before the V6 turbo hybrid era started.

"You're a lion", the elated team told him over the radio at the chequered flag as they celebrated Ferrari's first win in Britain since 2011.

On Instagram on Monday, Hamilton said: "Kimi said sorry and we move on".

Bottas said: "I'm disappointed - our pace was good today and it was all going well for me, but I lost it in the last two corners".

The first lap collision led to a war of words between Mercedes and Ferrari with both Hamilton and Mercedes boss Toto Wolff questioning Ferrari's tactics, suggesting that it was done deliberately to aid Sebastian Vettel.

The race had 15 laps left to run when it resumed on lap 37, but Romain Grosjean and Carlos Sainz crashed into each other one lap later, triggering a second safety auto that absorbed another precious three laps for the Mercedes drivers. "Who is he to judge what the drivers are doing in the auto?" Vettel will now head into his home race at Hockenheim, Germany a week on Sunday eight points clear of Hamilton. It's the most intense battle I think we've probably all had.

"We have got to keep pushing", Hamilton said.

He added: "If BWT wants the name of the team to be changed to BWT Racing, like Red Bull Racing, they need to make a very long-term commitment".

"At the third corner I locked the wheel so I ended up hitting Lewis on the rear corner". "My bad, but that's how it goes sometimes".

"It was my mistake". I could have easily taken second place today, but we chose to go for it.

In the closing laps his superior speed over his team-mate, struggling with grip, put him into second - although not without a fight - and gave him an outside chance of victory. Bottas came home fourth, with Daniel Ricciardo fifth and Nico Hulkenberg sixth. "They are what they are and there's a certain arsenal of penalties the stewards have available - a five-second penalty, a 10-second penalty or a drive-through and then they look at the precedents".

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