Why was Kimi Raikkonen penalty 10 not five seconds?

Lynette Rowe
July 12, 2018

The spell is broken.

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. But if Carlsberg did second places...

Vettel now leads the title race with 171 points, eight ahead of Hamilton on 163 while Raikkonen is third on 116.

Hamilton started in pole position but Vettel streaked ahead and his Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen compounded Hamilton's misfortune when he bumped into him, sending the British driver off the track and leaving him last.

It appeared Hamilton's Mercedes was permanently beached, then, first with all the alacrity of a Walrus dragging its tonnage across the sand, then like a thief running from the police he returned to the race.

The blow was so obviously not a racing incident. Mercedes did not bring him in for fresh rubber, unlike Vettel and Raikkonen.

Alonso was only 15th of the 20 runners in opening practice, but hauled his McLaren up to sixth, albeit 1.7 sec off the leaders later in the day.

Hamilton was sent spinning and reported that his auto was broken but has so far continued in the race. "Our downforce level, I think, has been good but you see how close it is between us". Nonsense boy, get your foot down was the essence of the reply.

"The suggestion that Ferrari were deliberately targeting their cars and that Raikkonen had intentionally hit Hamilton was farcical on many levels, not least that planning to do so would have had to anticipate Hamilton losing places.Equally with damage likely to go both ways and Ferrari very much in the constructors" fight it would been self-defeating.

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He was soon up to 16th and by lap nine he was eighth, but some distance from Vettel, who led Bottas by six seconds on lap 12.

Hamilton's arm wrestle is against Vettel, of course.

"I will not give up", said Hamilton after falling eight points behind race victor Vettel.

"Every time the auto stops in an uncontrolled way, where a failure happens and the system is then shut down in a manner that is unusual, the vehicle can suffer all manner of unknown gremlins", he said. On cue, Marcus Ericsson lost it through Abbey on lap 33.

Mercedes suffered a double retirement at Spielberg last weekend, with Bottas suffering an hydraulics issue and stopping suddenly by the side of the track while world champion Lewis Hamilton had a fuel pressure problem.

Hamilton was not convinced.

"What we need to discuss among all of us is if certain incidents occur and they have a massive outcome in terms of what's happening maybe around the race win and what the consequences would be, that's a different story".

"You don't want to be the only one stopping and then find that all the other guys behind you don't stop and you get tangled up in them in a way you hope not to be", explained Allison. "Don't give up." He still wasn't convinced, once again questioning the value of his tyres.

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