Lewis Hamilton takes record-breaking sixth British Grand Prix win
Lewis Hamilton won the British Grand Prix after jumping Formula 1 title rival Valtteri Bottas with a safety car-assisted strategy, while Sebastian Vettel wiped Max Verstappen out of third.
Hamilton overhauled poleman and Mercedes team-mate Bottas by running a longer first stint that allowed him to only stop once, and proved crucial when a safety car emerged after Bottas pitted.
That gave Hamilton track advantage and he won comfortably after Bottas made a late second pitstop to use his mandatory second compound, having used mediums in his first two stints.
Charles Leclerc finished third after a dramatic fight for the final podium spot, in which Leclerc had an epic scrap with Verstappen – who was later fired into the gravel by Vettel.
Pierre Gasly scored the best result of his Red Bull career in fourth, while Verstappen managed to get his Red Bull out of the gravel and finish fifth, with Vettel down in 16th after needing a new nose and being hit with a 10-second time penalty.
Bottas led the first part of the race but kicked off the pitstops among the leaders while Hamilton extended his stint to lap 20.
That was vital for Hamilton, who was already considering switching to the hards and executing a one-stop strategy.
He and Vettel – who struggled in the opening stint down in sixth, but also extended his run – then had their persistence rewarded when the safety car emerged.
Antonio Giovinazzi locked the rear wheels on his Alfa Romeo entering the penultimate corner and slid sideways into the gravel.
With the race neutralised Hamilton and Vettel dived into the pitlane, rejoining in first and third respectively and with no further pitstops to make.
In the fight for the win, Bottas was hamstrung by the decision not to pit under the safety car and switch to hard tyres, which locked him into a two-stop strategy.
He was unable to attack Hamilton at the restart and ran a couple of seconds adrift of the Briton, before eventually pitting seven laps from the end having opened up a big enough gap to the best of the rest.
That meant he still finished second, and looked likely to claim the fastest lap bonus point as consolation for his lost victory – before Hamilton pumped in an even faster time on the final lap on old hards.
Hamilton’s last-gasp fastest lap meant he extended his points lead to 39.
Behind the two Mercedes drivers, Leclerc finished third after a frenzied grand prix.
Leclerc held the place early on but had to withstand enormous pressure from Verstappen, who then managed to just jump him in the pitlane as they stopped at the same time.
However, Leclerc quickly retook the place when Verstappen ran wide at The Loop immediately after exiting the pits, before falling back behind after Ferrari opted not to stop him again as soon as the safety car was deployed.
Red Bull reacted quicker and stopped Verstappen swiftly, and he rejoined fifth – behind Vettel and the sister Red Bull of Gasly, who pitted earlier and stuck to a one-stop.
Ferrari’s call to stop Leclerc a lap later dropped him to sixth, and when the race resumed he attacked Verstappen immediately.
Their wheel-to-wheel fight recommenced and peaked when Leclerc attacked on the outside into the final complex of corners just before mid-distance.
They bumped wheels slightly when Leclerc had the inside for the right-hand penultimate turn, and Verstappen took to the run-off on the outside, keeping the position as he rejoined through the final corner.
Leclerc’s challenge faded after that unpenalised incident, while Verstappen passed Gasly for fourth and then caught and attacked Vettel for third.
He nailed the Ferrari on the outside at Stowe on lap 37, but ran slightly wide and Vettel tucked into his slipstream on the short run down to Vale – but positioned his Ferrari on the inside, with nowhere to go, and tried to switch back to the outside too late.
Vettel locked up and slammed into the back of Verstappen’s car, pitching it airborne over a kerb and into the gravel as the Ferrari ended up facing the wrong way with its rear wheels in the gravel.
They both rejoined, but Verstappen was limited to fifth – fortunately not losing further positions – as Vettel dropped to the back.
Vettel’s elimination from the front allowed Carlos Sainz Jr to take sixth for McLaren, fighting off Daniel Ricciardo’s Renault in a fierce best-of-the-rest fight.
Kimi Raikkonen executed a one-stop strategy to finish eighth, while Daniil Kvyat’s well-timed safety car pitstop allowed him to charge to ninth.
Nico Hulkenberg completed the point scorers in 10th.
The two Haas drivers joined Giovinazzi in retirement – Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen colliding on the first lap and both retiring as a result shortly afterwards.
Result – 52 laps
|4||Pierre Gasly||Red Bull/Honda||52||34.692s|
|5||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Honda||52||39.458s|
|6||Carlos Sainz Jr.||McLaren/Renault||52||53.639s|
|8||Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo/Ferrari||52||1m05.540s|
|9||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Honda||52||1m06.720s|
|12||Alexander Albon||Toro Rosso/Honda||52||1m15.617s|
|13||Lance Stroll||Racing Point/Mercedes||52||1m21.086s|
|14||George Russell||Williams/Mercedes||51||1 Lap|
|15||Robert Kubica||Williams/Mercedes||51||1 Lap|
|16||Sebastian Vettel||Ferrari||51||1 Lap|
|17||Sergio Perez||Racing Point/Mercedes||51||1 Lap|
|–||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo/Ferrari||18||Spun off|
|–||Romain Grosjean||Haas/Ferrari||9||Accident damage|
|–||Kevin Magnussen||Haas/Ferrari||6||Accident damage|
|7||Carlos Sainz Jr.||38|
British GP: Bottas beats Hamilton to Silverstone F1 pole by 0.006s
Valtteri Bottas beat Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Lewis Hamilton to pole position for the British Grand Prix by six thousandths of a second.
Bottas set the pace on the first runs in Q3, although Hamilton’s time was compromised by the rear of his car stepping out at Brooklands, which meant he ran wide at the exit of the corner.
Although Bottas was unable to improve on his second run in Q3, Hamilton fell just short of grabbing pole position having not been able to match his first-sector pace from the first run.
Ferrari driver Charles Lerclerc was third fastest, within a tenth of Bottas, and a tenth of a second clear of the lead Red Bull of Max Verstappen.
Leclerc looked a threat for pole position, but lost time to the Mercedes drivers in the final sector.
Pierre Gasly was fifth fastest after a strong run during practice, although was 0.314 seconds slower than Verstappen.
Sebastian Vettel was sixth after a difficult run in Q3, lapping six-tenths off pole position.
Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo was seventh fastest ahead of the McLaren of Lando Norris.
Alex Albon did well to reach Q3 and ended up qualifying ninth, lapping 0.041s quicker than the second Renault of Nico Hulkenberg.
The Mercedes and Red Bull drivers will start the race on medium-compound Pirellis thanks to using that tyre to set their Q2 times, with the rest of the top 10 qualifiers using softs.
Alfa Romeo driver Antonio Giovinazzi was quickest of those eliminated in Q2 after being bumped by Vettel at the end of the session.
Giovinazzi was 27-thousandths of a second quicker than team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, who ended up 12th ahead of McLaren driver Carlos Sainz Jr.
Sainz said he was unsurprised to be down in 13th place after failing to improve on his second Q2 run.
Haas driver Romain Grosjean was 14th fastest ahead of the Racing Point of Sergio Perez, who also failed to improve on his second run.
Kevin Magnussen was eliminated in Q1 and ended up 16th overall after being jumped by Perez, who was the final driver to improve his time in the first segment of qualifying and outpaced the Haas driver by 0.013s.
Magnussen ran through the gravel at the Luffield right-hander on his final lap while "trying to make up for something that wasn’t there", so was unable to improve on his first-run time.
Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat failed to improve his time on his second set of softs, so ended up 17th after what he described over the radio as a "poor" lap on his final attempt.
Racing Point’s Lance Stroll was eliminated in Q1 for the 10th time in 2019 after running wide at the exit of Stowe and Club on his final lap and losing time.
George Russell won the intra-Williams battle for 19th place, lapping almost half-a-second faster than Robert Kubica.
Provisional starting grid
|4||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Honda||1m25.276s||0.183s|
|5||Pierre Gasly||Red Bull/Honda||1m25.590s||0.497s|
|9||Alexander Albon||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m26.345s||1.252s|
|11||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo/Ferrari||1m26.519s||1.426s|
|12||Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo/Ferrari||1m26.546s||1.453s|
|13||Carlos Sainz Jr.||McLaren/Renault||1m26.578s||1.485s|
|15||Sergio Perez||Racing Point/Mercedes||1m26.928s||1.835s|
|17||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m26.721s||1.628s|
|18||Lance Stroll||Racing Point/Mercedes||1m26.762s||1.669s|
British Grand Prix: Leclerc leads Ferrari one-two in final practice
Charles Leclerc narrowly topped third practice for the British Grand Prix from Ferrari Formula 1 team-mate Sebastian Vettel, with Lewis Hamilton completing a top three split by just 0.049 seconds.
Leclerc left it late to post his fastest time of 1m25.905s on soft tyres on a cool, drizzly Saturday morning at Silverstone, putting him 0.026s ahead of Vettel.
Mercedes driver Hamilton headed up Red Bull pair Pierre Gasly and Max Verstappen, while Valtteri Bottas ended up sixth-fastest in the second Mercedes.
The arrival of light rain a little more than 10 minutes into the session meant George Russell’s early benchmark of 1m31.810s stood for more than half an hour.
Several cars ventured out on intermediates after the shower, including Hamilton, who told his Mercedes team via radio he felt the conditions were good enough to go out on slicks.
The reigning champion soon came in for a set of soft-compound Pirellis, but didn’t venture out of the pits at first, waiting until just after the half-hour mark to head out on the red-marked tyres.
Russell’s time finally was beaten by Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg with 26 minutes left on the clock, the opening salvo in a series of improvements that lasted practically for the remainder of the session.
Both Hamilton and Bottas enjoyed spells leading the way before Leclerc finally set his session-topping time on soft tyres with a little more than nine minutes left in the session.
Vettel made a late improvement to second shortly afterwards, also on softs, to move ahead of Hamilton, while both Gasly and Verstappen set their best times in the closing minutes to jump Bottas.
McLaren driver Lando Norris made a last-ditch improvement to move up to seventh ahead of the two Renaults of Daniel Ricciardo, running a new chassis on Saturday after his engine failure on Friday, and Hulkenberg.
The top 10 was rounded out by Toro Rosso’s Alex Albon.
Carlos Sainz Jr was 12th-fastest in the second McLaren behind the Alfa Romeo of Antonio Giovinazzi.
Daniil Kvyat almost squeezed Bottas into the barriers at Woodcote in the latter stages on his way to the 13th-best time in the second Toro Rosso.
The two Haas cars of Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen were next up, followed by Kimi Raikkonen’s Alfa and the Racing Point machines of Lance Stroll and Sergio Perez.
Russell was predictably shuffled back to 19th after his long early spell out front, ahead of only Williams team-mate Robert Kubica.
|4||Pierre Gasly||Red Bull/Honda||1m26.118s||0.213s||15|
|5||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Honda||1m26.440s||0.535s||14|
|10||Alexander Albon||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m26.976s||1.071s||17|
|11||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo/Ferrari||1m27.036s||1.131s||16|
|12||Carlos Sainz Jr.||McLaren/Renault||1m27.106s||1.201s||15|
|13||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m27.108s||1.203s||18|
|16||Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo/Ferrari||1m27.424s||1.519s||15|
|17||Lance Stroll||Racing Point/Mercedes||1m27.544s||1.639s||14|
|18||Sergio Perez||Racing Point/Mercedes||1m27.598s||1.693s||12|
British Grand Prix: Bottas heads Mercedes one-two in Silverstone FP2
Valtteri Bottas narrowly beat Formula 1 team-mate Lewis Hamilton to the fastest time in second practice for the British Grand Prix, as Mercedes moved to the top of the order.
Bottas set a searing pace in the early part of the session, almost eight tenths clear of Max Verstappen’s Red Bull, which was initially next fastest on the medium compound Pirelli tyre.
Hamilton was 1.225 seconds down on Bottas on that tyre, after a run that included a brief off-track moment at high speed.
Bottas then struggled to beat his own benchmark after bolting on the softest compound. He was two tenths off after running wide at Becketts, before finally managing to shave five hundredths of a second from his previous best time to set a 1m26.732s lap that stood as the fastest of the session.
Hamilton produced a cleaner performance on the soft tyre, but was still 0.020s slower than Bottas’s medium tyre effort in lapping second quickest.
Hamilton understeered off at the exit of Becketts on his second flying lap on softs, then aborted his third stab after clocking a time three tenths down on Bottas at the end of Hangar Straight.
Bottas finished the session 0.069s clear of Hamilton.
Charles Leclerc was third fastest in the best of the Ferraris, as the Scuderia showed improved performance relative to Red Bull on the softest tyre.
Leclerc was nine tenths down on Bottas on mediums, and slower than Pierre Gasly’s Red Bull too, but closed to within two tenths of the leading Mercedes on softs and finished the session well over two tenths clear of Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel.
Vettel was another driver to go off at speed early in the session, losing control at Becketts then returning to the pits.
The Ferrari driver made another attempt with medium tyres on a quiet track during the mid-session lull in action, but could not get within a second of Bottas, despite displacing Hamilton on the timesheet.
Vettel’s soft tyre run was more respectable, but still almost half a second adrift of the leading Mercedes.
After topping the times in first practice, Gasly regressed to fifth in the afternoon session, over half a second down on Bottas but encouragingly within a tenth of Vettel’s Ferrari.
The McLaren-Renault of Lando Norris recovered from a wild off at Becketts to impressively split the two Red Bull-Hondas and lap sixth quickest on soft tyres, three tenths down on Gasly but 0.016s clear of Austrian GP winner Max Verstappen, whose soft tyre run was less impressive than his early effort on mediums.
Norris also led the way among the midfield runners on medium tyres earlier in the session.
His McLaren team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr was eighth, while the Toro Rosso-Honda of Alex Albon and the Racing Point-Mercedes of Sergio Perez rounded out the top 10.
After getting both cars in the top 10 in FP1, Renault endured a difficult afternoon session. Daniel Ricciardo was 14th and Nico Hulkenberg 15th quickest.
Ricciardo complained of "crazy understeer" early on, before his car mysteriously switched off at Maggotts during his long run.
British driver George Russell was slowest of all for Williams, his running severely restricted by a gearbox problem.
|5||Pierre Gasly||Red Bull/Honda||1m27.249s||0.517s||31|
|7||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Honda||1m27.562s||0.830s||32|
|8||Carlos Sainz Jr.||McLaren/Renault||1m27.987s||1.255s||39|
|9||Alexander Albon||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m27.997s||1.265s||38|
|10||Sergio Perez||Racing Point/Mercedes||1m28.002s||1.270s||32|
|11||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m28.008s||1.276s||36|
|13||Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo/Ferrari||1m28.126s||1.394s||33|
|16||Lance Stroll||Racing Point/Mercedes||1m28.240s||1.508s||37|
|17||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo/Ferrari||1m28.294s||1.562s||28|
British Grand Prix: Gasly strikes late to head FP1, Bottas second
Pierre Gasly topped a disrupted first practice session for Formula 1’s British Grand Prix that featured Romain Grosjean crashing in the pitlane and Kimi Raikkonen causing a red flag.
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas set a 1m27.629s to head the times for the vast majority of the session, although light rain limited running in the final half an hour and distorted the order.
Lewis Hamilton completed an early Mercedes one-two, but was displaced by the Red Bulls of Gasly and Max Verstappen late on.
Gasly then improved again on his very last run to set a 1m27.173s and go almost half a second clear at the front.
The start of the session featured a series of spins as drivers got to grips with the newly-resurfaced Silverstone circuit, beginning with Romain Grosjean crashing his Haas while exiting the pitlane.
Grosjean lost the rear of his car where the pitlane exit jinks right and he broke his front wing against the barrier before briefly driving the wrong way down the pits to find space to turn around.
After that, British GP rookies George Russell and Lando Norris had spins of their own.
Williams driver Russell ended up on the grass after catching a wobble through the Brooklands left-hander and being spat off in the opposite direction.
Norris was left facing the wrong way on the run-off onto the start/finish straight in his McLaren, after losing the rear exiting the final corner.
The session was then halted as Raikkonen’s Alfa Romeo was recovered after grinding to a halt on the entry to Luffield.
Replays showed a puff of smoke emerging from the rear of Raikkonen’s Alfa as he rounded Brooklands slowly, with the car appearing to have stuttered and then cut out down the Wellington Straight.
Once the session resumed, Hamilton, Bottas and Alex Albon had moments of varying severity through Brooklands, and at the same corner Grosjean compounded a difficult session by having another spin.
Light rain began to fall approaching the final half hour, sending most cars to the pitlane – although McLaren’s Carlos Sainz Jr remained on track.
The drizzle never turned into heavy rain and stopped early enough for some drivers to squeeze in improvements in the dying minutes of the session.
Nobody lapped quickly enough to depose Bottas initially, but Gasly got close on a 1m27.715s that launched him to second.
As the chequered flag fell, Gasly completed another flying lap on soft tyres that put him well ahead.
Verstappen ended up third-fastest, 0.8s slower than his under-pressure team-mate, with Hamilton fourth.
A late improvement from Charles Leclerc was only good enough for fifth-fastest, a second off the pace and just ahead of team-mate Sebastian Vettel.
Nico Hulkenberg and Daniel Ricciardo gave Renault a shot in the arm after the team’s poor Austrian GP by ending FP1 seventh and eighth.
Albon and Sainz completed the top 10.
|1||Pierre Gasly||Red Bull/Honda||1m27.173s||–||25|
|3||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Honda||1m28.009s||0.836s||21|
|9||Alexander Albon||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m29.093s||1.920s||26|
|10||Carlos Sainz Jr.||McLaren/Renault||1m29.162s||1.989s||31|
|12||Sergio Perez||Racing Point/Mercedes||1m29.453s||2.280s||27|
|13||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m29.500s||2.327s||26|
|14||Lance Stroll||Racing Point/Mercedes||1m29.657s||2.484s||25|
|15||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo/Ferrari||1m30.099s||2.926s||24|
|18||Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo/Ferrari||1m30.747s||3.574s||12|
Hamilton to ‘move on’ after Raikkonen apology for Silverstone clash
Lewis Hamilton says he has accepted an apology from Kimi Raikkonen for their first-lap clash in last weekend’s British Grand Prix and wants to "move on" from the incident.
Hamilton was spun around by the Ferrari driver at Turn 3 at Silverstone, which dropped him to 18th and necessitated a charge through the order to finish second.
The collision sparked huge scrutiny over the Ferrari vs Mercedes 2018 fight as it came just two races after Raikkonen’s team-mate Sebastian Vettel wiped out the other Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas in France.
Hamilton hinted at "interesting tactics" from Ferrari post-race but took to Instagram on Monday to say: "Kimi said sorry and I accept it and we move on.
"It was a racing incident and nothing more.
"Sometimes we say dumb shit and we learn from it".
Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff said after the race that he was "not comfortable at all with the incident because it’s tiresome being taken out in the first lap".
He had earlier told Sky Sports F1 that Mercedes technical director James Allison had asked "do you think it is deliberate or incompetence?" during the race.
That Allison remark was then put to Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene, who told Italian TV that he hoped it was a joke or he would otherwise be extremely displeased.
But it is believed that Allison’s comment was made in jest, and has not caused a serious problem between the two teams.
Wolff even clarified his initial remark later on Sunday when speaking to Polish TV channel Eleven Sports.
"I said you need to question whether it was incompetence or deliberate – a stupid comment of mine in the emotion," he said.
"But it was just a stupid manoeuvre and a stupid manoeuvre that happened a second time in three races – that’s why [I had] the emotion."
Hamilton used his Instagram account post-race to address his absence from the immediate interviews before the podium ceremony.
Claiming he had lost "nearly 3kg" in his recovery drive, Hamilton said he "barely had any energy at the end to stand, let alone talk".
"If you can’t understand and appreciate that then I fully understand," he added.
"[It] was nothing to do with anger, [I was] literally just exhausted both physically and emotionally."
Kimi Raikkonen ‘just messed up’ in Lewis Hamilton collision – Nico Rosberg
Nico Rosberg says it is obvious there was nothing deliberate about Kimi Raikkonen’s clash with Lewis Hamilton at the start of the British Grand Prix.
While comments from Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes made in the heat of the moment after the Silverstone race stirred up the idea that the first lap collision could have been on purpose, 2016 Formula 1 world champion Rosberg thinks the incident was simply down to Raikkonen messing up.
Rosberg says that the fact that Ferrari did not impose team orders in Austria to drop Raikkonen behind Vettel was a clear sign that the Finn is not out there just to help his team-mate to the title.
Speaking about the incident on his YouTube channel, Rosberg said: "The answer is pretty simple. 100% not on purpose.
"We also saw that in Austria because even there, Kimi is not driving for Sebastian.
"In Austria, Kimi was second and Sebastian third and there was no letting Sebastian past at all. They didn’t even consider that.
"Kimi is driving for his own thing. Kimi was out there and just completely messed it up, braked way too late, locked up and torpedoed into Lewis.
"It is unusual for Kimi because usually those kind of things don’t happen to him. So a bit strange.
"But definitely not on purpose, and well deserved to get a 10-second penalty and two [licence penalty] points."
Despite Hamilton making insinuations about Ferrari’s "interesting tactics" on the podium after the British GP, he clarified on Monday that he accepted Raikkonen’s apology.
"Kimi said sorry and I accept it and we move on," he wrote on Instagram. "It was a racing incident and nothing more.
"Sometimes we say dumb shit and we learn from it."
Q: Eight point lead in the championship over Lewis, who I will try to find. Where is he? I’ll go to Kimi first. Kimi, you had a few adventures to be on the podium again.
Kimi Raikkonen: Yeah, obviously in the third corner I locked the wheel and I was behind the cars, so I ended up hitting Lewis in the rear corner, I oversteered, he spun, my bad, but that’s how it goes sometimes. It was not a straightforward race.
Q: You thought the 10-second penalty was fair enough?
KR: It was my mistake, so that’s fine. I deserve it and took the 10 seconds and kept fighting. That’s how it goes.
Q: You had countless wheel-to-wheel fights, Red Bull, with others. You must be satisfied with how aggressive you were in the race and how it paid off for you?
KR: Yeah, for sure, without the mistakes and the 10-second penalty it would have been better, but I tried. Obviously my view is that I did the best that I could do but obviously there seems to be some awfully opposite looks on what I’m doing, unfortunately, so we’ll see.
Q: (Flavio Vanetti – Corriere della Sera) To both Ferrari drivers, can we say that the car has passed the toughest examination, as Silverstone has been the favourable circuit for a long time.
KR: I don’t think Silverstone is any more difficult than other circuits. They’re all tricky and obviously it depends on the layouts and stuff, that they need some special things from the car – but they’re all hard and difficult to make work. I think, maybe in people’s eyes yes – but I don’t think it changes anything
Q: (Dan Knutson – Auto Action & Speed Sport) Kimi, tell us about those last few laps. You were charging and passing and really moving up.
KR: Yeah, obviously, the beginning was far from ideal. I locked a wheel and hit Lewis on the rear-right corner. Then we served the penalty and it was tricky with Red Bull for whatever reason. Every time we got close to them or behind them it seems to be very difficult to follow them, seems to be just different than any other car. We had some fights with them at the beginning of the race and at the end and managed to finally get past them. I think the Mercedes was somehow more easy to follow. Must less effect on my car. We got a pretty decent run out of Three every lap, got the momentum and managed to pass. So, it was OK but obviously but far from ideal. That’s how it goes.
Q: (Ben Hunt – The Sun) Ferrari drivers, would you like to reply? Are you using interesting tactics? Is it your mindset to go out and take one of the Mercedes drivers out or is it just unlucky?
SV: Well, things can happen but I think it’s quite silly to think that anything that happened was deliberate, at least, I would struggle to be that precise, you know, to take somebody out. In France, I lost my wing so I screwed my race. I think it’s easy to obviously attack and have a great move and also easy to have an incident. I don’t think… I mean, I only saw it briefly on the monitor, I don’t think there was any intention and I find it a bit unnecessary to even go there.
KR: Things happen sometimes. Funnily enough you start blaming us that we did it purposefully but he locked a wheel and unfortunately we touched and both paid the price for it and that’s how it goes sometimes. It’s easy to say after the couple of races that we’re suddenly doing something against them but we’ve been hit very many times ourselves so that’s how it goes unfortunately.
Raikkonen: I deserved penalty for Hamilton British GP start contact
Kimi Raikkonen said he deserved the penalty he received for colliding with Lewis Hamilton at the start of the British Grand Prix.
Hamilton dropped to the back of the field after Raikkonen locked up and slid into his right-rear corner at Village, the first braking zone of the lap.
Raikkonen was given a 10-second penalty for the collision, which prompted suspicion from Mercedes, with Hamilton referring to "interesting tactics" from Ferrari and senior Mercedes figures suggesting it was "deliberate or incompetence", following Sebastian Vettel’s recent collision with Valtteri Bottas at the start of the French Grand Prix.
The Finn recovered from serving the penalty at his first pitstop to finish third at Silverstone, passing countryman Valtteri Bottas late on to claim the final step on the podium.
When asked in parc ferme after the race if the penalty was fair, Raikkonen said: "Yeah it was my mistake. That’s fine.
"I deserve it and I took the 10 seconds and kept fighting. That’s how it goes.
"Obviously on the third corner I locked a wheel and ended up hitting Lewis in the rear corner and he spun.
"My bad, that is how it goes sometimes. It was not a straightforward race."
Sebastian Vettel wins British Grand Prix in thrilling dash to the finish
Sebastian Vettel passed Valtteri Bottas late on to win a thrilling British Grand Prix in which Lewis Hamilton charged back to second after being spun around on the opening lap.
Mercedes used a safety car to get Bottas ahead of early race leader Vettel but the Ferrari driver used fresher, softer tyres to steal the victory with a superb move five laps from the end of the race.
Hamilton then nailed team-mate Bottas at the same spot a lap later to seal second and Kimi Raikkonen made it a hat-trick of late passes at Brooklands to demote his countryman from the podium entirely.
Hamilton dropped to the tail of the field at the start after Raikkonen locked his right-front tyre at the tight Turn 3 right-hander at Village, ran wide and clouted the Mercedes.
Raikkonen continued behind both Red Bulls but was handed a 10-second penalty, which would negate his on-track pass of Daniel Ricciardo into Copse, while Hamilton resumed in 17th.
Vettel had already assumed the lead after jumping Hamilton off the line and built a commanding lead in the first part of the opening stint, opening up a six-second gap over Bottas.
Hamilton charged back into the points by lap six and was into sixth four laps later, by which time he was already more than a pitstop behind the race leaders.
Bottas began to chip away at Vettel as the Ferrari struggled with its tyres and the lead was down to 4.8s when Vettel stopped on lap 20.
Bottas pitted a lap later and Mercedes got Hamilton to release him with a cleanly-orchestrated position-swap at Brooklands the following lap, and the Finn started to nibble further into Vettel’s lead.
He had brought it down to 2.4s when Marcus Ericsson lost the rear of his car when he turned into the first corner with DRS still open and flew across the gravel and nose-first into the tyres.
That triggered a safety car on lap 32 of 52 and Ferrari reacted by pitting Vettel but Mercedes told Bottas to stay out and claim track position.
Behind, Hamilton moved up to third as Max Verstappen and Raikkonen pit, with Ricciardo staying in sixth as the safety car was called just after he had made a second stop and handed track position to Raikkonen.
Bottas gunned the throttle at the end of the Hangar Straight on lap 37 and kept Vettel at bay, as Raikkonen and Verstappen engaged in a fierce fight that went the way of the Red Bull.
The race was neutralised again moments later for an accident at Copse between Carlos Sainz Jr and Romain Grosjean, when Sainz attacked on the outside but Grosjean suffered a wobble at the apex.
Both flew off-track and into retirement, with Grosjean ending a miserable race that started with him dropping out of the points on the opening lap thanks to a collision with team-mate Kevin Magnussen.
The safety car’s second appearance lasted three laps, setting up an 11-lap sprint at the end.
Bottas resisted Vettel again at the restart before coming under attack into the Brooklands left-hander at the end of the Wellington Straight three laps in row.
He held on until lap 47, when Vettel took advantage of a slight wobble from Bottas exiting The Loop onto the Wellington Straight and drafted him towards Brooklands before diving inside very late as Bottas failed to cover the inside line.
That released Vettel into a lead he would hold to the end, while Hamilton forced his way inside Bottas at Brooklands a lap later.
Raikkonen cleared Verstappen before the Dutchman retired with a long-standing brake-by-wire problem then blew past Bottas for third on the outside into Brooklands using DRS.
Bottas managed to keep Ricciardo at bay to finish fourth, with Nico Hulkenberg finishing sixth for Renault after taking advantage of the messy first lap to jump five places, and he held that best-of-the-rest slot to the end.
Force India’s Esteban Ocon was a quiet but excellent seventh, as Fernando Alonso bested Magnussen in a fiery late fight to finish eighth.
Pierre Gasly claimed the final point in 10th for Toro Rosso and Honda.
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||52||9.500s|
|7||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||52||29.930s|
|10||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||52||34.708s|
|13||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso/Honda||52||39.129s|
|15||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||46||Not running|
|–||Marcus Ericsson||Sauber/Ferrari||31||Spun off|
|–||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso/Honda||1||Power Unit|
“Nel mio ultimo run in Q3” ha detto Kimi “ho bloccato leggermente le ruote anteriori nella penultima curva e ho perso tempo. E’ difficile mettere insieme il giro perfetto; di certo si può sempre migliorare, ma questo è il risultato ottenuto oggi. Finora la macchina è andata bene, e non abbiamo avuto problemi di assetto o altro. Speriamo che domani vada anche meglio. La terza posizione non è il massimo, ma non è neanche un brutto risultato. E’ impossibile sapere se le alte temperature ci aiuteranno; ieri abbiamo fatto dei long run e ci siamo fatti un’idea, ma domenica è un’altra storia e le condizioni potrebbero essere leggermente diverse. Sarà una gara lunga e difficile per gli pneumatici. Cercheremo di fare una buona partenza per poi prendere le giuste decisioni”.
Q: Well done. Kimi Räikkönen, it’s the seventh day of the seventh month and you put car number seven in third place. Are you satisfied with that?
Kimi Raikkonen: Not really. I think I had all the tools today to be faster but I locked the front wheel into 16 a bit on the last lap and for sure gave away enough time to be in front but that’s how it goes.
Q: You told me two days ago that you’re driving as well as ever, do you still think you have a chance of victory tomorrow?
KR: Yeah, I think I’ve got a good car and my car should be good tomorrow. Obviously it’s hot and it will not be an easy race with the tyres, so I think we might see a few different things happening there, but we’re aiming for the top for sure.
Q: Kimi, you set the fastest first sector there in Q3. Can you just talk us through the rest of your lap, because you were less than one tenth of a second behind Lewis as well?
KR: Yeah, I think we had first and last sector but in the middle obviously I think I had a small moment on the first try, the first set, into Turn 7, so I took it a bit easier. I was still gaining but I’m sure there were places to gain a tenth easily but obviously it didn’t happen today, so this is what we got. It was close but third is not too bad.
Q: (Dan Knutson – Auto Action & Speedsport) We have a bumpy track, hot weather, extra downforce this year; will this maybe be one of the toughest or the toughest British Grand Prix ever for you guys?
KR: In which way? I don’t think it’s any different. Obviously there’s a big difference in the speed in the race, especially at the beginning of the race to qualifying. I think in the past the circuit layout was different but you could do qualifying laps every lap because you had refuelling and all these things. I think it’s less bumpy, it’s just smaller bumps; last year there were bigger bumps here and there.
Q: Kimi, do you expect to be more competitive tomorrow?
KR: Than today? Impossible to say, hopefully it’s a close fight, not easy to overtake as always but we will see what we can do and so far it’s been OK.
Q: (Luis Vasconcelos – Formula Press) Kimi, in Austria you had the best start among the front runners, it’s quite a difficult track to overtake here. Are you prepared to take a bit more risk than you did in Zeltweg to try and get to the front at the start?
KR: For me? If I didn’t take risks last time then maybe. I don’t plan to do anything different. Obviously we try to make a good start as well as we can but there are things that you will never be able to plan, you do it what you think the right outcome might be different that you expect but that’s how it goes sometimes. Try to make a good start and go from there, see what we can come up with.