Kimi Raikkonen accepts blame for Lewis Hamilton clash

by Steven Clarke July 9, 2018, 15:07
Kimi Raikkonen accepts blame for Lewis Hamilton clash

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.

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 charged back into the points by lap six and was into sixth four laps later, by which time he was already more than a pitstop behind the race leaders.

Raikkonen was hit with a 10-second time penalty for causing a collision, which Ferrari chose to take early after bringing the Finn into the pits at the end of Lap 13 to move him onto the Medium compound tyre. Ericsson tried to keep DRS open through the corner, only for his auto to spear into the barrier at high speed.

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

With Silverstone expectant after Hamilton's brilliant qualifying performance and England's progress in the FIFA World Cup, the home crowd's jubilant mood was dampened immediately when Vettel and Bottas got ahead of Hamilton at Turn 1 as the polesitter struggled to get off the line cleanly. He was able to emerge unaided.

Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas also played down the incident and the accusations.

"Interesting tactics, I would say, from their side, but we'll do what we can to fight them", said Hamilton, when he was, eventually, interviewed on the podium and after the two Ferrari men had departed. Don't give up, mate. Mercedes' errors cost both Hamilton and Bottas in the Austrian GP the week before when neither finished. "Kimi's not that kind of driver".

The safety auto was out again after Romain Grosjean and Carlos Sainz collided.

Raikkonen cleared Verstappen before the Dutchman retired with a long-standing brake-by-wire problem then blew past Bottas for third on the outside into Brooklands using DRS.

So 101.000 equals 10 points, 102.000 equals 20 and so on. The New Zealander crashed spectacularly in Saturday's final practice.

He had brought it down to 2.4s when Marcus Ericsson lost the rear of his vehicle when he turned into the first corner with DRS still open and flew across the gravel and nose-first into the tyres.

The Silverstone circuit was celebrating 70 years since the Royal Automobile Club held a Grand Prix on the former wartime airfield in 1948, when Luigi Villoresi led an Italian 1-2 for Maserati. I didn't have much to give at that time and I needed to take a deep breath.

"But I believe it's nothing more than a racing incident".

"I lost almost three kilograms to get back to the top today for you and my team".

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