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I deserved penalty for Hamilton clash - Raikkonen

10 July 2018

After laboring with neck pain on Saturday, Sebastian Vettel found the flawless tonic 24 hours later - matching Alain Prost's total of 51 Grand Prix victories and denying main rival Lewis Hamilton a record-setting win in his home race.

The four-time champion seized the lead at the start and fought back after losing the initiative during two safety vehicle periods to register his second win at Silverstone and the 51st of his career.

In France, Mercedes' management and Hamilton were among those to question why Vettel had only received the minimum penalty available to the stewards for causing a collision when Bottas sustained a puncture and dropped to the back of the field.

"All I'll say is there's now two races the Ferraris have taken out one of the Mercedes", he said, referring to Vettel's crash with Bottas at the French Grand Prix.

Meanwhile, Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene has taken a pop at Mercedes's Technical Director, James Allison, as tempers boiled over following a brilliant race at Silverstone, which was won by Sebastian Vettel.

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

"I'm going to see my guys tonight and tell them to keep pushing so that we're as good as we can get tomorrow".

Vettel now leads the title race with 171 points, eight ahead of Hamilton on 163 while Raikkonen is third on 116. "I am sorry I could not bring it home for you today".

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But in a post to Instagram, Minttu Raikkonen, who has been married to the Finnish driver since 2016, wrote: "If you cry like a girl when you lose, do ballet". "I had the advantage of the tyres, but it was not easy to find a way through".

"The support I get at this track is phenomenal; it means the world to me and it really lifts me up".

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel celebrates winning the race.

He was whizzing round the circuit while Harry Maguire had nodded England's football team in front in Russian Federation, and Hamilton has promised to jet out to Moscow if Gareth Southgate's side reach the World Cup final next Sunday.

Hamilton, from his record 76th pole, appeared bogged down as he responded and was instantly in a scrap for third with Raikkonen, who collided with the Briton under braking into Turn Three. It was a great drama - I think a race that I enjoyed a lot and I think the people enjoyed a lot.

"He saw it as somebody torpedoed me off the race track".

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.

Ferrari lead the constructor standings with 287, ahead of Mercedes with 267.

I deserved penalty for Hamilton clash - Raikkonen