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Mercedes: Ferrari F1 first lap clashes 'deliberate or incompetence'

13 July 2018

Hamilton secured pole 24 hours earlier, but his getaway here was slow and it was not long before Vettel had passed the Brit for the lead with Bottas following suit.

A bad start dropped Hamilton to third and he was then hit by the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen at Turn 3, the Mercedes driver dropping to 18th position.

Raikkonen wasn't happy when told of his 10-second penalty for the incident with Hamilton over the radio but had cooled down by the end of the race.

Ferrari, winners with championship leader Sebastian Vettel, dismissed the suggestion and others also jumped to their defence.

Sebastian Vettel's involvement in the final practice session for the British Grand Prix was limited by a neck complaint.

Vettel he admitted he feared he would miss qualifying with a neck complaint, and though he went on to earn second on the grid he confessed to still being a little anxious going into the race.

"I want to remind everyone that in China we had a situation between Vettel and Verstappen and nobody said anything, all fine. I'm great to have been able to get back to second and minimise the loss", Hamilton said. Unexpectedly, Ricciardo made a second stop after 31 laps, lifting Hamilton to fifth as the Australian rejoined sixth, but on softs.

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At Silverstone, Hamilton was also sent to the back in the incident, from which he fought back to second place behind Vettel, who now leads the championship from the Briton by eight points.

After the race, Hamilton had pointed out that twice in three races a Ferrari driver had collided with a Mercedes on the first lap.

Sunday's victory was Vettel's fourth of the campaign, one more than Hamilton, and another in Germany next week would equal in half a season what Ferrari managed in all of 2017 - which was already the team's best since 2010.

He had brought it down to 2.4s when Marcus Ericsson lost the rear of his auto when he turned into the first corner with DRS still open and flew across the gravel and nose-first into the tyres. "I will not give up, believe me, I will not give up".

Bottas resisted Vettel again at the restart before coming under attack into the Brooklands left-hander at the end of the Wellington Straight three laps in row. "Nevertheless we knew it was going to be very hard in the end".

"We try to kill their (Mercedes') magic, obviously that's what we have tried over the last years and I think here and there we have succeeded quite well".

"If our two drivers make a mistake twice and take the same team out, I would be apologizing".

Mercedes: Ferrari F1 first lap clashes 'deliberate or incompetence'