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Hamilton points finger at Ferrari's 'interesting tactics'

Hamilton points finger at Ferrari's 'interesting tactics'

Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene has lambasted Mercedes technical director James Allison for his comments regarding Kimi Raikkonen's collision with Lewis Hamilton on the first-lap of Sunday's British Grand Prix.

Sebastian Vettel of Germany driving the Scuderia Ferrari SF71H on track during the Formula One Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone in Northampton, England.

When the race restarted, Bottas lost the lead and sank to fourth place, although Hamilton held on for second behind Sebastian Vettel. The ace of Mercedes eventually recovered from the mishap and finished second in the race.

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Raikkonen was adjudged to have been at fault with the stewards meting out a 10-second penalty. However, he was playing catch-up from as early as the third turn of the race, with Kimi Raikkonen locking his front wheel and sliding into Hamilton's rear, causing the Mercedes to spin.

The incident propelled Hamilton's contest with Vettel into the next dimension.

"Kimi said sorry and I accept it and we move on", Hamilton wrote on Instagram. "I don't think there was an intention and l think it's unnecessary to even go there". "I will not give up, believe me, I will not give up", he said later.

The appearance of the safety vehicle on the 33rd of 52 laps, after Sauber's Marcus Ericsson crashed, was greeted with a huge cheer from the 140,500 crowd and was just what Hamilton needed to close the gap.

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The high-speed track has traditionally been the flawless stomping ground for Mercedes, but the tweaks to Ferrari's floor delivered a step up in speed that made a big difference. He was able to emerge unaided. "Who is he [Allison] to judge what the drivers are doing in the vehicle?" the Scuderia boss told Sky Italia. Don't give up, mate.

After the Sauber wreckage was cleared, the race resumed only for Romain Grosjean to collide with Carlos Sainz at the high-speed Copse corner.

The incident also prompted a stunning charge from Hamilton, who roared back from last place to finish second and minimise the damage to his title prospects. It soon developed into a Ferrari-Mercedes duel, with Raikkonen also challenging the third-placed Hamilton.

When racing resumed, it was Bottas in the lead, defending hard from Vettel. Bottas then let Hamilton past to challenge the German. Vettel appeared to be struggling on the mediums and Bottas was fast catching him.

Bottas ended the race fourth after fending off Daniel Ricciardo's advances, the Australian having been promoted from sixth when his Red Bull Racing teammate, Max Verstappen retired after spinning off the road late in the race. The New Zealander crashed spectacularly in Saturday's final practice.

The collision on the opening lap was the second in three races in which a Ferrari had hit a Mercedes, which led to several at Mercedes to question the Italian team's tactics.

As for Mercedes' chances on Sunday, Wolff added: "We know already that it will be a tough race tomorrow, and especially so with two Ferraris starting right behind Lewis".