Ferrari accused after Hamilton crash 'It's either deliberate or incompetence'

Chasing history Lewis Hamilton aiming for an unprecedented win no.6 for Britain at the British Grand Prix

Chasing history Lewis Hamilton aiming for an unprecedented win no.6 for Britain at the British Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel (front) won a thrilling British Grand Prix on 8 July 2018.

There had already been Ferrari vs Mercedes trouble in Austria a week ago, so when Kimi Raikkonen hit Lewis Hamilton at the start of the British grand prix, tempers flared.

But despite finding himself at the back of the field Hamilton roared back into contention, helped by a safety vehicle and some bold tactics from Mercedes, and held on to finish second, although he was clearly still furious after the race.

The Briton appeared drained by the effort, and deeply unimpressed by a first-lap collision with Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen that sent him spinning to the back. "They are what they are and there's a certain arsenal of penalties the stewards have available - a five-second penalty, a 10-second penalty or a drive-through and then they look at the precedents".

Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene claims Sebastian Vettel "fought like a lion" to shrug off neck pain and win a memorable British GP.

"I'm happy first of all for the team", the Italian told Channel 4.

"I played football as a kid, I was passionate about it, I would collect the stickers, the magazines", Hamilton said last week.

Fernando Alonso scored four points for McLaren after a torrid week for the struggling British team, which lost its racing director, Eric Boullier, in a swingeing restructure just days before the race. "Ferrari have got a little bit fortunate in the last couple of races so I hope that we get a few more positive races". When the guys in front of me pitted under the Safety Car, it was an opportunity for me to get up into third.

Hamilton was able to resist Raikkonen and ended up second as Bottas slipped from first to fourth in the closing stages. "I had to go over the limit to get that time out of the vehicle, which is unsafe", Hamilton said, still shaking a little, adding it was his "most pressurised" lap ever. "With this competition we are looking to give more access to information and data - some of which has never been shared beyond the garage and cockpit".

"Our team did an unbelievable job this weekend, we have so much support and so much pressure for us all", he said.

"Interesting tactics, I would say, from their side", Hamilton complained immediately afterward.

The Finn stayed out and took the lead at Silverstone, but with older tyres, he was unable to hold on for the race win on Sunday afternoon.

"He spun and it was my bad, but that is how it goes sometimes", said Raikkonen.

"It was my mistake". Speaking after the race, Raikkonen admitted he "deserved" the penalty.

Bottas was fourth with Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo fifth and Nico Hulkenberg sixth for Renault.

Force India's Esteban Ocon was a quiet but excellent seventh, as Fernando Alonso passed Magnussen in a fiery late fight to finish eighth.

Was Lewis Hamilton right to lash out at Ferrari and insinuate that the recent incidents that their drivers have caused may have been executed on objective, or did he overreact to the situation involving himself and Kimi Raikkonen?

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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