Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

How Vettel won at Ferrari's worst track

How Vettel won at Ferrari's worst track

Hamilton drove a heroic race to finish second after an opening lap collision with Kimi Raikkonen, who finished third, had knocked him from pole position to last.

It's an all Finnish-affair on the second row, as Kimi Raikkonen lapped just over half-a-tenth slower than his team-mate to secure third on the grid after posting a blistering first sector on his final lap.

The decisive moment was with Raikkonen would come as the Finn locked his brakes into Village and tagged the Mercedes, spinning Lewis around and dropping him down the field.

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.

While Hamilton was left exhausted post-race his title rival and British GP victor Sebastian Vettel appeared to have a bigger physical scare on Saturday.

Sebastian Vettel kept the lead in the overall standings. In third place Raikkonen with 116 points. It remains to be seen what, if any, impact the issue will have on Vettel's status for qualifying later on Saturday.

"I want to remind everyone that in China we had a situation between Vettel and Verstappen and nobody said anything, all fine".

Hamilton had referred to "interesting tactics" immediately after the race, in which Raikkonen hit the back of his vehicle and spun him round on the first lap. Within ten laps he was running in the top-ten, within 15 he was snorting into the top-five.

From that point, the leading quartet would be separated by less than two seconds at one stage as they battled for the win, but ultimately, Bottas' tyres wouldn't last with Vettel getting the run onto the Wellington Straight and making the move stick into Brooklands to re-take the lead.

Whilst it looked like Bottas would remain behind Vettel for the duration of the race, a surprise safety vehicle threw teams a strategy curveball.

Vettel has emerged the clear victor from F1's first-ever triple header of races having led Hamilton by a point going into the French GP on June 24.

"It was very close", said the German.

"I had to go over the limit to get that time out of the vehicle, which is unsafe", Hamilton said, still shaking a little, adding it was his "most pressurised" lap ever.

"I think my car's broken", Hamilton said on the team radio.

The re-start saw a short 10-lap sprint to the flag, which produced the best wheel to wheel racing of the season. "Nevertheless we knew it was going to be very hard in the end".

"If our two drivers make a mistake twice and take the same team out, I would be apologizing".

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