Hamilton "struggling to stand" after British GP

Jose Verdugo
Julio 13, 2018

Lewis Hamilton says he was "dumb" to imply that Kimi Raikkonen might have deliberately collided with him at the start of the British Grand Prix.

In return, Hamilton demonstrated why he might indeed be the driver of the age with an arresting charge through the field after blowing pole position and then being Kimi Raikkonen-ed all the way to last place.

"Unfortunate because Le Castellet first time we got taken out and now it is the second time we got taken out".

More frustration followed on Turn Three when Raikkonen locked up and crashed into Hamilton, leaving the reigning World champion to rejoin the contest in 18th position.

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

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

Vettel led virtually throughout to claim his first British GP success since 2009. "I will not give up", said Hamilton after falling eight points behind race victor Vettel. The Finn went from possible race win to fourth place. "I was a bit concerned going into the race but I was fine, probably a bit of adrenaline", said the German, who had struggled with a neck strain on Saturday.

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Hamilton had referred to "interesting tactics" immediately after the race, in which Raikkonen hit the back of his auto and spun him round on the first lap.

Asked if it was because of the first-lap clash, Hamilton said: "Not at all. No".

By the end of lap three, Hamilton was 14th.

Brilliant pit-stop strategy by Mercedes following two safety cars late in the race then saw Hamilton sneak further ahead, though it was not enough to overhaul Vettel.

From that point, the leading quartet would be separated by less than two seconds at one stage as they battled for the win, but ultimately, Bottas' tyres wouldn't last with Vettel getting the run onto the Wellington Straight and making the move stick into Brooklands to re-take the lead. Really, this annoyed me so much.

"The safety vehicle spiced it up", said Vettel, wearing supporting tapes on his stiff neck. "But doing the opposite was the choice we went for and at the end it brought us a P2 and P4 and I think considering how the race started, we need to accept the result as an acceptable outcome with real damage limitation". But I mean, I want to give them a message: "it's been a lovely battle, a battle that I think the audience appreciated, there will be other battles where most likely Mercedes will win, this is a lesson for us to stay classy, a thing that they haven't done today".

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