Sometimes we say dumb things: Hamilton backtracks while Ferrari boss attacks Mercedes

Tuesday, 10 Jul, 2018

"I would be surprised if there was anything else or if Kimi is that kind of driver".

Aside from the controversial remark, Sebastian Vettel opened up his lead in the drivers' standings to eight points with his first victory at Silverstone since 2009.

Hamilton's team mate Valtteri Bottas led and might have won but for a second safety auto, after Renault's Carlos Sainz and Haas's Romain Grosjean collided, that kept the front four nose to tail and only fractions apart.

Speaking on his own video blog on YouTube, Rosberg said about whether or not Raikkonen hit Hamilton on objective: "The answer is pretty simple".

"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. As Raikkonen was doing the same, the Ferrari driver locked his wheels and banged into Hamilton.

Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas also played down the incident and the accusations.

"It was interesting tactics, I'll say, on their side, so we'll do everything we can to fight them in the next race". I deserve it [the penalty]. Ferrari have got a little bit fortunate in the last couple of races so I hope that we get a few more positive races.

In a final flurry, Hamilton passed Bottas for second and Raikkonen beat his compatriot to the final podium place.

The crash was quickly under investigation by race stewards with Raikkonen being handed a 10-second penalty.

The Briton appeared drained by the effort, and deeply unimpressed by a first-lap collision with Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen that sent him spinning to the back.

Valtteri defended like a lion but just couldn't hold off Sebastian as the tyres were dropping away - and still did a great job to take P4. I took 10 seconds and kept fighting.

"Thank you to everyone for the incredible support this weekend".

Once released, the safety vehicle barely had time to wind its windows back up before it was required again, Carlos Sainz and Romain Grosjean squeezing eachother and ending up in the gravel at Turn 1.

Bottas ended the race fourth after fending off Daniel Ricciardo's advances, the Australian having been promoted from sixth when his Red Bull Racing teammate, Max Verstappen retired after spinning off the road late in the race.

In the past three weekends, we have lost points through our own mistakes and those of others - now we need to get our heads down, keep developing and put the performance to good use in the next 11 races.

Stewards imposed a five-second penalty after ruling that the Toro Rosso driver had caused a collision with Perez and gained a place as a outcome of his actions.