Vettel edges Hamilton to win British GP

Lynette Rowe
July 9, 2018

Despite Hamilton's drive back to second from last, Ferrari's double podium means it has opened up the lead in both championships.

Asked to comment on the suggestion it was intentional, British GP victor Vettel said: "Why?" Off the track, he's happy to be a passenger in one of his three chauffeured cars: a Mercedes-Maybach S 600, a Mercedes GL 63 and a Cadillac Escalade.

"The safety vehicle spiced it up", said Vettel, wearing supporting tapes on his stiff neck. Sainz and Grosjean are out of the race, and are being checked by the medical staff.

But Mercedes' main man rallied back to finish on the podium, thanks in part to two safety vehicle deployments, missing out on the chance to win his fifth consecutive British Grand Prix.

Bottas, on old tyres, was starting to wane, and with five laps to go Vettel perfectly executed his move at Brooklands to take the lead. Vettel and Hamilton are behind him.

Now it seems the biggest challenge will come from the Ferrari drivers.

The Swede was unhurt and climbed out to applause from the crowd as a Safety Car was deployed. He described it as an "unforgettable day for English sport", and it might yet get better, as Hamilton searches for a record-breaking sixth win at Silverstone.

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In a fortnight, Formula 1 reconvenes in Hockenheim for the German Grand Prix and the home favourite will boast an eight-point advantage when the lights go out in Baden-Wurttemberg.

Raikkonen will start third on Sunday's grid after qualifying 0.054s off teammate Sebastian Vettel, but believes he could easily be two places higher and ahead of Lewis Hamilton after showing promising pace throughout qualifying.

"Now he will have to get his head down, he has 13 seconds of clear space and then has Ricciardo, Raikkonen and Verstappen and that is when it will get a lot harder". "It's all there!" Being Lewis Hamilton's race engineer can be a somewhat thankless task - today it involved some very keen cheerleading.

Lap 4 - Kimi Raikkonen is trying to overtake third-placed Verstappen, but without any luck so far.

Hamilton was sent spinning and reported that his auto was broken but has so far continued in the race.

Monaco's Charles Leclerc had also been on course to score for Sauber but was ordered to stop after an unsafe release from the pits while in eighth place.

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