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Mercedes' deliberate crash suggestion "silly" - Vettel

Mercedes' deliberate crash suggestion

The Finn made contact with Hamilton's Mercedes at Turn 3 of the opening lap of Sunday's British Grand Prix, with Hamilton dropping down the P18. Unfortunate because Le Castellet first time we got taken out and now it is the second time we got taken out. I'm really really happy, ' the German said.

Raikkonen holds third position in the championship, 55 points behind Vettel.

"Leaving aside the misfortune of the first lap, it is intriguing to speculate how the final part of the race would have played out without the Safety Car".

Raikkonen, who completed the podium for Ferrari, was handed a 10-second penalty for the early incident involving Hamilton.

Lauda, who won two of his three championships with Ferrari, said: "The accident was unfair basically because it's the second time a Ferrari hits us in the first corner and it's not amusing, but that's the way it is".

It was championship leader Vettel's fourth win of the season and extends his advantage over Hamilton from one point in the standings to eight after 10 season races.

Hamilton was not impressed with Raikkonen though and took a veiled dig at the Ferrari man following the race.

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Both spun and rejoined, Hamilton after running off track.

Red Bull boss Christian Horner was of the same opinion. "And in a flawless world, I would have had new tires - but it wasn't that kind of day for me", Hamilton said. Bottas, still on medium tires, was soon struggling, and Ferrari was celebrating when Raikkonen went past to go third.

When the Safety Car came in, Bottas surged clear while Hamilton defended from Verstappen before Carlos Sainz and Romain Grosjean collided at Copse, triggering another Safety Car. A number of times Vettel attacked at Brooklands after using DRS, and Bottas repelled, with Hamilton similarly fighting Raikkonen but also filling Vettel's mirrors.

Toro Rosso's New Zealander Brendon Hartley did not take part in qualifying, with the team rebuilding his auto after a big crash in final practice.

"I am sorry I could not bring it home for you today".

When he was eventually interviewed on the podium after the two Ferrari men had departed, Hamilton took a swipe at his rivals: "Interesting tactics, I would say, from their side, but we'll do what we can to fight them".

Brendon Hartley's wretched Formula One run has continued after he failed to finish the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. "I will not give up".