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Lewis Hamilton lashes out at Ferrari after British Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton lashes out at Ferrari after British Grand Prix

A frustrated Lewis Hamilton has suggested his first-lap collision with Kimi Raikkonen at the British Grand Prix was orchestrated by Ferrari.

In France, Sebastian Vettel clashed with Valtteri Bottas at the first corner, while in Austria Kimi Raikkonen managed to position himself between Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said: "To put it in James Allison's words, this is either deliberate or incompetence".

"Who is incompetent? Kimi?" "It was a racing incident and nothing more". Such emotion is what makes a sport otherwise dominated by data and technical details so fascinating to watch, but when the adrenaline subsides in Brackley the blame will no doubt focus on the true cause of Hamilton's missed opportunity: his poor getaway at the start.

The win was Vettel's fourth of the season, 51st of his career, and once-dominant champions Mercedes' first defeat at Silverstone since 2012 before the V6 turbo era started. "I will not give up, believe me, I will not give up".

"Obviously we're in a tough battle this year and it's the most intense battle that I think we've probably all had but I'm very, very grateful that the auto was still in one piece after the first turn three incident". "Le Castellet (French GP) was the first time we got taken out and this is the second".

"So, I say without the crash he would have won the race".

Thanks to two safety auto periods and a tire strategy that panned out, Hamilton ended up rallying to finished the race in second place just 2.264 seconds behind Vettel.

Although that's certainly not the only area that Villeneuve sees inconsistency, as he also sees the Austrian Grand Prix as an example.

And I think Lewis has his engineers to thank for the second place finish.

Raikkonen held his hand up and admitted he had made a mistake. "Sometimes we say dumb s**t and we learn from it".

Mallya, who has a 42.5 per cent stake in the company, said that Best Water Technology (BWT) - the team's main sponsor - might become more involved.

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.

"If he really said something like that, he should be ashamed". With Scuderia Ferrari driver Vettel in front, Mercedes chose to do the opposite of what Vettel did - ultimately choosing to leave him out, giving him track position but on older, slower tyres.

"That's what's wrong; it's racing - I don't like it when there are racing penalties, it should be for dirty driving, which is a different thing, or stupid driving".

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.