Vettel suspects bumpy ride at Silverstone caused neck issue

Doug Mendoza
July 9, 2018

Hamilton was spun round at the first corner by Vettel's Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, but turned in a masterful display and took advantage of two safety vehicle periods to finish behind Vettel.

"I believe that if we would have had 10 degrees less temperature [in qualifying], maybe we would have had a bigger gap and maybe the same [in the race]".

At the time, Hamilton appeared to disagree with the decision, saying that he was struggling with tyre wear, but he backed the choice in the post race press conference.

Mercedes have taken five pole positions and three fastest laps in the ten races so far this season, compared to Scuderia Ferrari's four poles and two fastest laps.

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. Vettel pitted from the lead, but Bottas stayed out, to lead on lap 34, as did Hamilton. He was able to emerge unaided.

The Mercedes driver, desperate to maintain the feel-good factor created by England's World Cup heroics, had also avoided the parc ferme interview with Sky commentator Martin Brundle to go straight to the warm-down area.

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Both spun and rejoined, Hamilton after running off track. "I don't have any problems with Kimi".

The safety auto was out again after Romain Grosjean and Carlos Sainz collided. By lap 47, the Ferrari finally used DRS to storm past the Finn and soar into the distance. Bottas then let Hamilton past to challenge the German. Verstappen and Raikkonen were third and fourth with Ricciardo fifth. Ricciardo's Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen was battling with Raikkonen but his race ended at lap 48.

Pierre Gasly rounded out the points-paying positions for Toro Rosso in P10, but is under investigation after a run-in with Sergio Perez when passing at Luffield. The New Zealander crashed spectacularly in Saturday's final practice. Hamilton's auto was turned around, leaving him down in P17 and over 20 seconds down on title rival Vettel by the time he had rejoined the track.

The Silverstone circuit was celebrating 70 years since the Royal Automobile Club held a Grand Prix on the former wartime airfield in 1948, when Luigi Villoresi led an Italian 1-2 for Maserati.

"I sweated my a*** off in that race". I didn't have much to give at that time and I needed to take a deep breath.

"I gave every bit of energy I had, I didn't have anything left when I came in". This morning he had a lot of treatment and to be honest, before the race I was really very concerned about him but today he fought like a lion.

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