Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Lewis Hamilton accused of ‘crying like a girl’ following collision at Silverstone

Lewis Hamilton accused of ‘crying like a girl’ following collision at Silverstone

A furious Hamilton and his Mercedes team believed Raikkonen may have crashed into him on goal to afford Sebastian Vettel free reign at the front of the field.

Prior to Sunday's race Silverstone had become something of a fortress for Mercedes, with a run of five consecutive victories dating back to Nico Rosberg's surprise victory in 2013.

"My bad, but that's how it goes sometimes", said the Finn, who recovered to finish third.

"We are leaving with the British flag to hang in Maranello", he added.

Their fierce rivalry on the track spilled over into a war of words in the paddock as Lewis Hamilton railed against what he called "interesting tactics" after a Ferrari collided with a Mercedes for the second time in three races at Sunday's British Grand Prix.

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said: "You probably can't ask for anything more from a qualifying session than to have three cars within a tenth of a second at the front".

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.

Ferrari brushed off the complaints, but the gloves are now off between the two teams.

Races have been lost through mechanical misfortune, strategy blunders, racing incidents, or the simple fact that rivals have come up with a better auto for a particular circuit. Fernando Alonso finished the race eighth for McLaren, with Haas' Kevin Magnusson finishing ninth and Sergio Perez ending the race tenth in the second Force India. "For Lewis to come from last to second was outstanding".

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Here, Press Association Sport looks back at five talking points from Sunday's race at Silverstone.

Hamilton said: "Nobody is better qualified to tell us what the fans want than the fans themselves". The clutch release on the 2016 auto also proved troublesome and the team worked hard to find a solution, including modifying the drivers' gloves to give a better feel for the paddle at the start.

Ferrari and Red Bull both took the chance to change their tyres but Mercedes opted to leave their drivers out on the track.

Bottas defended his position for several laps but was eventually overhauled by Vettel, and also lost ground to Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen, coming home fourth. "What we need to understand is where can we improve and where can we engineer".

Hamilton's Mercedes was far too fast for the cars at the back of the field and the ease with which he passed them could be a cause for concern.

Scuderia Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel earned his fourth victory of the 2018 Formula 1 season in the season's 10th race.

"I think without the Safety Car of course it's only guessing", he explained.

Out came the safety auto again. That's why he was getting close to me out of slow-speed corners and getting DRS.

Hamilton has made no secret of harbouring a career outside of F1.

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