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Sebastian Vettel spoils Lewis Hamilton's Silverstone party

09 July 2018, 02:27 | Charlene Valdez

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel celebrates with his trophy on the podium after finishing third

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel celebrates with his trophy on the podium after finishing third

He clearly felt Ferrari had gained from an opening lap crash, in the same way they had when Vettel collided with Hamilton's Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas on the opening lap of the French Grand Prix two weeks ago.

Still, it left a bitter taste in Hamilton's mouth as the defending champion accused Ferrari of dirty tactics in the aftermath of the race.

Driver of the day: Given how bleak his race chances looked ahead of the race, this should go to Hamilton - fighting back to second position from where he was deserves plaudits. As Toto Wolff admitted, Ferrari's new found pace should be a major concern with Ferrari-friendly Hungary and Singapore fast approaching.

Vettel, who increased his narrow lead in the driver standings, responded by dismissing the talk as "quite silly".

"Honestly, to get back to second it's huge for us and I will definitely take it, of course, and I'm happy with the drive that I did".

Shocker: Kimi Raikkonen's clumsy move on the inside of Lewis Hamilton led to contact which changed the complexion of the race.

But while the Englishman could not give the home crowd a result to follow the national football team's success in the World Cup quarter-finals on Saturday, he praised their support and said it would continue to spur him on throughout the rest of the season. "We need to position ourselves better so we're not exposed to the red cars, because who knows where they are going to be".

"My team did an wonderful job this weekend, we got so much support".

"To word it like James Allison, was it deliberate or incompetence?"

Hamilton recovered to second, aided by Mercedes decision not to pit him for fresh tyres under a safety auto to gain track position, but looked tense alongside Raikkonen while the top three waited to go onto the podium post-race. It was the second time a Ferrari has hit us in the first corner.

What was Raikkonen's penalty 10 seconds?

Hamilton ended up finishing second but with Sebastian Vettel winning, he has now extended his championship lead to eight points.

Vettel shrugged off the accusations.

"If he really said something like that, he should be ashamed", he told Sky Italia. I, at least, would struggle to be that precise and take somebody out. "In France I lost my wing so I screwed my own race. The neck held up and that was a race I enjoyed a lot and I think the people enjoyed a lot".

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

The British driver was on pole on Sunday and made a poor start before his brush with Raikkonen who apologised and accepted the blame.

When Vettel was asked to reply to Hamilton's comments, he brushed off suggestions Raikkonen went out of his way to ruin his title rival's race. But it was not a straightforward race.

"It was my mistake, so that's fine".

"I think the strategy was pretty good".

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