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Vettel victorious in British belter Vettel victorious in British belter

Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes and Great Britain during previews ahead of the Formula One Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone Lewis Hamilton is going for his fifth consecutive British Grand Prix victory this weekend Credit GETTY IMAGES
Eugene Bates | 11 July, 2018, 06:06

Lewis Hamilton took pole position in qualifying for the 2018 British Grand Prix at Silverstone ahead of Ferrari rivals Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen.

The Mercedes driver would eventually drag himself to a second place finish - although that wasn't quite enough to avoid giving up further points to Sebastian Vettel in the chase for the championship.

Hamilton was on a charge from the first lap, back up to seventh after nine laps but still 26 seconds behind his fellow four-times world champion.

As Arrivabene raged at Mercedes' ungentlemanly behaviour and post-race suggestions of deliberate underhand tactics, Hamilton said Sunday's collision was "a racing incident and nothing more". "Sometimes we say dumb s*** and learn from it".

Vettel's win means he now leads Hamilton by eight points in the drivers' championship, while Ferrari leads Mercedes by 20 points in the constructors' standings.

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen was third, after incurring a 10-second penalty for tangling with the slow-starting Hamilton at the third corner of the opening lap and sending the Briton spinning.

Vettel pitted but Mercedes kept Hamilton out, assuring him he was "the fastest guy by miles" with everything to play for on tyres that would last the distance.

Vettel leads Hamilton by a single point in the title race after nine races.

On Sunday, Mercedes team chief Toto Wolff said: "In James Allison's words 'do you think it is deliberate or incompetence?' so this leaves us with a judgement".

Reflecting on the success of this year's event, which attracted over 100,000 spectators on Saturday and 140,000 on race day, F1's managing director of motorsport Ross Brawn said that ensuring the track's ongoing place on the calendar is a priority.

Then there's also the fact that there was a first lap crash between Hamilton and Vettel's Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen that complicated matters.

As they headed into the final five laps, the top four cars were separated by only 1.6 seconds with the two Red Bulls in pursuit until, on lap 47, Verstappen spun at Club and Vettel squeezed past Bottas, at Brooklands, to seize the initiative. Go be great today and be you and give zero f**** to what anybody thinks. "Who is he to judge what the drivers are doing in the auto?"

She wrote: "If you cry like a girl when you lose, do ballet".

"We're here in England sometimes they want to teach us how to be gentlemen, he should start first. A thing that they haven't done". "Obviously, in practice I didn't do any long runs with the mediums but from our calculations we should have been okay, but it wasn't". "Obviously some others are more aggressive but it's about racing fair and square and having the best auto". It is so close, which I love, but the goal is to be ahead by the end.

Hamilton's £40million-a-season contract extension, which will rubber-stamp the driver's status as Britain's best-paid sportsman, is due to be announced.

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