Vettel finishes with a flourish in second practice

Ross Houston
July 12, 2018

But I mean, I want to give them a message: "it's been a handsome battle, a battle that I think the audience appreciated, there will be other battles where most likely Mercedes will win, this is a lesson for us to stay classy, a thing that they haven't done today".

Whiting, the FIA's race director, is not involved in the stewards' deliberations over incidents and stressed he could only speculate about possible reasons for any perceived discrepancy between the two Ferrari penalties. "This is something we can change".

The Mercedes drivers are aiming to bounce back after failing to finish the Austrian GP due to team errors last Sunday.

The Silver Arrows boss also points to the team's messages to their drivers at Silverstone as proof that there isn't always an obviously better choice to make when faced with different strategic options.

"I only saw it briefly on the monitor, I don't think there was any intention and I find it a bit unnecessary to even go there".

"It was absolutely the right call". So fine with that.


"I pushed absolutely 100, 1000 per cent", he added.

"We thought the Virtual Safety Car would last for more than one lap, so we thought we would see what happened to the guys behind us". Gaining track position was the interesting one for us and that triggered our decision.

"I think I wanted to be too quick on the hard tyre", said Verstappen. But doing the opposite was the choice we went for and at the end it brought us a P2 and P4 and I think considering how the race started, we need to accept the result as an acceptable outcome with real damage limitation.

It was Ferrari's first win in Britain since 2011.

"We want to be aggressive".

What could have been a huge setback in his bid for a fifth drivers' title turned into only an eight point deficit with still more than half the season remaining. "This is what is in our hands and try to improve where we can improve".


But spurred on by a record 140,000 race-day crowd, the home favourite drove superbly to race back to second place and said on Twitter afterwards he "used every ounce of energy fighting up the grid".

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".

"It's easy for you to sit and watch the race".

"People expect you to get out of the auto and wave and smile and all that".

"That's my mistake, Lewis, and I'm very sorry for it", Vowles told the four-times world champion, who later retired from the race, in a rare radio intervention.

"It is annoying and frustrating, but thankfully we've still got Daniel out there running".


"Yes I would have loved for us to build a gap in Austria, Montreal and Silverstone because we lose some in Hungary and we lose some in Singapore".

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