5 things we learned from the British Grand Prix

Mae Harvey
July 11, 2018

"The British Grand Prix is one of the four races that featured in the first year of the world championship back in 1950, and we want it to stay there for the long term, as this is one of the true homes of motorsport". In France, Sebastian Vettel hit Valtteri Bottas into turn one, hampering both their races.

"Interesting tactics I would say from their side (Ferrari), but we'll do what we can to fight them".

Allison referred to the contact, as conveyed by team boss Toto Wolff after the race, as either "deliberate or incompetent", and a livid Arrivabene said the ex-Ferrari man should be "ashamed" of his comments. The Sauber driver lost the rear of his vehicle when he turned into the first corner with DRS still open and flew across the gravel and nose-first into the tyres. With the speeds we're going now and the G-forces we're pulling, I think it's going to be the most physical race of the year.

The most recent of which took place in Austria when the Mercedes' pit wall, led by chief strategist James Vowles, failed to react to a Virtual Safety Car period, which resulted in Hamilton dropping from first to fourth. "I will not give up, believe me, I will not give up", he said later.

"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 vehicle was still in one piece after the first turn three incident".

"Really, really pleased with the result" remarked race victor Vettel, "especially here, a track that we've struggled at in the past, it was nice to see that we were strong all weekend and able to fight for the win, obviously we got the lead back in the end, it felt very satisfying".

Vettel ended up taking top spot, with Hamilton in second and Kimi Raikkonen in third.

Silverstone was also the last round where we will see Pirelli's thinner gauge tyres.

"I think Lewis could have won the race without crashing on the first lap, but nevertheless to come from last to second, is fantastic".

Raikkonen held his hand up and admitted he had made a mistake.

"He spun and it was my bad, but that is how it goes sometimes", said Raikkonen.

Asked if it was because of the first-lap clash, Hamilton said: "Not at all. No. Not a straightforward race", said the Finn, who said he deserved the punishment.

Ferrari driver Raikkonen was slapped with a 10-second time penalty for causing the crash, but unhappy Hamilton could not hide his frustration and swerved post-race interviews.

While the German vehicle manufacturer has taken pole position at the last three grands prix, on each occasion Ferrari has caused trouble by being able to make much better getaways. Ferrari now seem to have their engine on the same level as Mercedes, seem to have an easier job optimizing tire performance and will still consider themselves favorites in the slower circuits to come, such as Hungary and Singapore.

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