Raikkonen Bemoans Tyre Issue that Denied him Second at Silverstone

Faith Castro
July 17, 2017

Bottas was able to make up a number of places in the early stages before running deep into the race on the soft tire, making the switch to the super-soft late in order to go on a charge.

"It's been a great team effort in combination with the tyres".

With teammate Lewis Hamilton going wire-to-wire for victory, Bottas helped complete a flawless weekend for Mercedes that saw it top every session and leave with maximum points. "It's a flawless weekend and well done to Lewis".

Kimi Raikkonen felt certain that second place was his for the taking at Silverstone on Sunday, only for a late race tyre issue relegating him to third behind Valtteri Bottas.

Victory for Hamilton, whose 67th pole position put him just one short of Michael Schumacher's leading mark, came after a week in which he faced staunch criticism for being the only driver to skip a Formula One live event held on the streets of central London.

Off the grid, Hamilton used that extra pace and had a clean get away allowing him to create a significant gap ahead of the Ferrari's into the first corner. It was quite tricky.

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Both Hamilton and Bottas managed their tyres efficiently on the demanding high-speed circuit, but Ferrari, having opted for an aggressive and risky strategy, were caught out.

"This weekend we've been able to exploit the full performance of our auto, particularly on both cars, more so than any other race so far this year", he said.

The top ten at the final classification was; Hamilton, Bottas, Raikkonen, Verstappen, Riccciardo, Hulkenberg, Vettel, the Force India-Mercedes cars of Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez and Williams-Mercedes' Felipe Massa. We didn't get past Max [Verstappen, who passed Vettel at the start], we did it with the pit stop, and then I think it was looking like P3/P4. "I think it opens room for messy qualifying, and the rules are pretty clear, and I know there is a world title going on at the front, but we are in a position where we actually fight as hard as the boys at the front and I was impeded today". Just one point separates Vettel and Hamilton.

"The team did a ideal strategy and I just kept my head down". "There were no signs of that happening", the 30-year-old said on team radio.

"There is still work to do to get the vehicle more drivable and to be able to trust it more in the high-speed corners", Bottas said.

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