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Ferrari says British Grand Prix was 'good for Formula 1'

KEVIN EASONJuly 8 2018 12:01am The Sunday Times Silverstone unwilling to pay price for staging F1’s greatest showpiece Kevin Eason

Raikkonen apologised for his first lap brush with Hamilton which earned the 38-year-old Finn a 10-second penalty. "Go be great today and be you and give zero fcks to what anybody thinks". Unfortunate because at Le Castellet, it was the first time we got taken out and now it is the second time we got taken out.

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".

The German finished 2.264 seconds ahead of Hamilton for his fourth win of the season, denying Hamilton what would have been a fifth straight win in his home race.

Vettel secured victory at Silverstone after overtaking Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas in a thrilling finale to the race, but was struggling with a neck strain throughout the weekend, nearly missing qualifying altogether.

"What we need to discuss among all of us is if certain incidents occur and they have a massive outcome in terms of what's happening maybe around the race win and what the consequences would be, that's a different story". "I gave him enough space but that was not enough: we still made contact and I lost the place".

MC Martin Brundle suggested Hamilton wanted to give himself a few minutes to calm down before addressing the vast crowd, but the five-times British Grand Prix victor says it was because he had fought so hard to recover from last place he could barely stand.

By Monday morning Hamilton had retracted his "interesting tactics" allegations - admitting on Instagram that "we all say dumb s--" - and accepted Raikkonen's apology.

"It's easy to say after the last couple of races that we're suddenly doing something against them, but we've been hit pretty many times also, so that's how it goes, unfortunately". As it stands, the race is set to leave the historic venue after next year's edition, with the British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC) set to activate a clause allowing Silverstone to terminate its contract - which was due to run until 2026 - with the Formula One race after 2019.

Hamilton is bidding for a record sixth win at Silverstone, but his once-dominant team have arrived here under a cloud following strategy mistakes this season.

Here's what we learnt from the F1 British GP.

"The final move, obviously I was able to surprise him so I think he thought that I won't dare [go on] the inside and the braking zone was coming quite fast".

Mercedes and Ferrari's fierce rivalry has become even more tense in recent weeks with Hamilton's clash with Raikkonen not the first contact between the teams.

"I lost almost 3kg trying to get back to the top for you and my team", he wrote.

"It is a lot of constructor points", Wolff said. I could have easily taken second place today, but we made a decision to go for it.