Lewis Hamilton says his post-race British GP remark was 'dumb'

Jul 10, 2018, 03:59
Lewis Hamilton says his post-race British GP remark was 'dumb'

"Sebastian drove a great race, fighting like a lion despite the pain in the neck", Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene said.

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton celebrates after qualifying in pole position.

Although Vettel called the suggestion "silly" after the race, Raikkonen refused to be drawn into commenting.

Raikkonen was alongside on the inside heading into Turn 3 but Hamilton braked later, leaving space for the Ferrari at the apex.

Ricciardo is fourth on 104 points, with Bottas sitting just two points below him.

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen will line up third with Hamilton's Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas completing the second row of the grid.

The Englishman clearly blamed the Finn, who was handed a 10-seconds penalty, for the crash and found it hard to face Raikkonen or accept an apology.

Bottas managed to close the gap to Vettel to under two seconds before the Safety Car period.

Both incidents resulted in penalties for the Ferrari drivers involved, but those did not cancel out the advantage their team gained.

Vettel finished 2.264 seconds ahead of Hamilton.

Vettel's best chance came on Lap 47 when he was able to gain six-tenths through the first sector before popping DRS open on the Wellington Straight. It marked just his second win at Silverstone, his first coming back in 2009 for Red Bull.

It left Hamilton facing a recovery drive through the field, which he executed well to return to second position behind championship leader Sebastian Vettel.

Vettel and Raikkonen pitted but Mercedes kept their drivers out, assuring Hamilton that he was "the fastest guy by miles" with everything to play for on tyres that would last the distance.

But the Mercedes driver struggled to hide his disappointment.

The Red Bull pairing of Dutch 20-year-old Max Verstappen, victor in Austria last weekend, and Australian Daniel Ricciardo qualified fifth and sixth. "It's easy to say after the last couple of races, but we've been hit plenty of times in the past". In France, I lost my wing so I screwed my race.

Pierre Gasly claimed the final point in 10th for Toro Rosso and Honda.

Despite a long term contract which secured the race until 2026, it finally dawned on the circuit's owners - the British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC) - that the deal agreed with Bernie Ecclestone which included an annual 5% increment, meant that by the end of the contract what had begun as an £11.5m fee would have risen to £25m. Charles Leclerc retired after his first pit stop after Sauber failed to attach his right-rear wheel properly, forcing him to park up at the side of the track after being in contention for points, while Brendon Hartley retired at the end of the first lap due to an issue after starting in the pit lane.