Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Unhappy Hamilton points finger at Ferrari's 'interesting tactics'

Unhappy Hamilton points finger at Ferrari's 'interesting tactics'

Sebastian Vettel extended his lead in the Formula One drivers' championship but Lewis Hamilton reduced the arrears after a thrilling British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Hamilton was spun round at the first corner by Vettel's Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, but turned in a masterful display, and took advantage of two safety auto periods to finish behind Vettel.

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.

A glum and terse Hamilton said immediately after the race: "Interesting tactics, I would say, from their side but we will do what we can to fight them and improve in the next race".

Then Toto Wolff, team principal at Mercedes, also raised questions about their rival's strategy.

Raikkonen then locked up, sliding into Hamilton and pitching the Mercedes into a spin.

Vettel pitted from the lead, but Bottas stayed out, to lead on lap 34, as did Hamilton. "We take it on the chin, and believe me, I will not give up".

"It's home base for Mercedes, Red Bull, Williams so you have to be quite strong at Silverstone. Who is he [Allison] to judge what the drivers are doing in the auto?" the Scuderia boss told Sky Italia.

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It might be easy to say that Ferrari won the race, but undoubtedly the driver of the day was Lewis Hamilton.

But despite finding himself at the back of the field Hamilton roared back into contention, helped by a safety vehicle and some bold tactics from Mercedes, and held on to finish second, although he was clearly still furious after the race.

As for Mercedes' chances on Sunday, Wolff added: "We know already that it will be a tough race tomorrow, and especially so with two Ferraris starting right behind Lewis". Sometimes they want to teach us how to be gentlemen. "Go be great today and be you and give zero fcks to what anybody thinks".

Two weeks ago in Austria, Vettel only received a five-second penalty for taking out Bottas on the first lap. Ferrari have got a little bit fortunate in the last couple of races so I hope that we get a few more positive races.

"We have got to keep pushing", Hamilton said.

In 2018, Scuderia Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel fought incredibly hard with both Mercedes drivers to claim another win for the blood-red prancing horse squad. I think it was about five laps before the end, it was like driving on ice, I started to lose all grip, especially from the rear end.

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.

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