Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Lewis Hamilton promises no let up in 'intense' F1 2018

Lewis Hamilton promises no let up in 'intense' F1 2018

A few laps later, Bottas slid wide after relinquishing P3 to Kimi Raikkonen, paving the way for a podium finish for both Ferrari cars.

With Scuderia Ferrari driver Vettel in front, Mercedes chose to do the opposite of what Vettel did - ultimately choosing to leave him out, giving him track position but on older, slower tyres.

A late surge wasn't enough for Kimi Raikkonen as he rounded out the top three, with Valtteri Bottas in fourth and Max Verstappen taking fifth spot.

In their official ruling, stewards said Hamilton had "clearly left significant room on the inside" of the corner and that Raikkonen "locked up his right front tyre, understeered and caused a collision".

Raikkonen continued behind both Red Bulls but was handed a 10-second penalty, which would negate his on-track pass of Daniel Ricciardo into Copse, while Hamilton resumed in 17th.

Hamilton lost his championship lead to Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel due to not finishing in Austria.

Sebastian Vettel kept the lead in the overall standings.

Hamilton now trails Vettel by one point as he looks to create history and become a five-time F1 world champion. It remains to be seen what, if any, impact the issue will have on Vettel's status for qualifying later on Saturday.

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"At least I would struggle to be that precise in order to take someone out". I could have easily taken second place today, but we made a decision to go for it.

"I came here to clarify, if he actually said something like that, I mean, he should be ashamed of himself", Arrivabene said.

Marcus Ericsson had a high-speed crash on lap 33, which brought out a safety vehicle.

Hamilton was angered after being hit by Raikkonen at Turn 3 on the opening lap, and Mercedes boss Toto Wolff subsequently told Sky Sports that Mercedes was questioning if the contact was deliberate, citing James Allison as making the suggestion during the race.

The Finn was unable to keep Vettel at bay as the four-time champ used his fresher tyres to sweep into the lead but Hamilton also overtook Bottas easily to take the chequered flag just a couple of seconds behind.

She later removed the entry and, when addressing a fan who defended Hamilton, she added: "Just to be clear, I was not talking about the driver but the team who was crying afterwards that someone did something on objective". Believe me, I will not give up. That's actually pretty good news, considering the disastrous start by Hamilton.

"Obviously we're in a tough battle this year and it's the most intense battle that I think we've probably all had but I'm very, very grateful that the auto was still in one piece after the first turn three incident".

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