Sebastian Vettel shrugs off neck pain to 'fight like a lion'

Sebastian Vettel shrugs off neck pain to 'fight like a lion'

Sebastian Vettel broke British hearts yesterday (July 8) with a memorable victory at Silverstone after dispatching pole-sitter and crowd favourite Lewis Hamilton, but the vanquished Briton implied foul play had had a hand in deciding the British Grand Prix.

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.

Hamilton's Silver Arrows colleague Valtteri Bottas will start tomorrow's British Grand Prix from fourth place on the grid behind the Ferrari's of Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen.

By Monday morning Hamilton had retracted his "interesting tactics" allegations - admitting on Instagram that "we all say dumb s--" - and accepted Raikkonen's apology.

In doing so, Raikkonen's Ferrari made contact with Hamilton's Mercedes, which sent Hamilton's auto spinning in front of the crowd in his home race. "It was a racing incident and nothing more". "With this competition we are looking to give more access to information and data - some of which has never been shared beyond the garage and cockpit".

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Hamilton's drive was remarkable; the two safety auto periods helped him, but there aren't many drivers in Silverstone's 70-year history that could have recovered as Lewis did. Overall, though, we are left with the feeling of "what might have been" after one of our cars was taken out for the second time in three races on lap one.

"But I mean, I want to give them a message: it's been a lovely battle, a battle that I think the audience appreciated, there will be other battles where most likely Mercedes will win, this is a lesson for us to stay classy, a thing that they haven't done".

The post race spat overshadowed Hamilton's stunning drive to finish second to Sebastian Vettel who he now trails by eight points in a title fight he admits is his hardest ever.

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

"We saw blistering last week in Austria, so keeping the tyres in good condition is going to be the key tomorrow given the high temperatures".

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"I said you need to question whether it was incompetence or deliberate - a stupid comment of mine in the emotion", he said.

Allison, who quit Ferrari to join Mercedes, was brought into the post-race row by Merc chief Toto Wolff.

"I don't understand why it's 10 seconds, and another time it's five, sometimes it's nothing", Villeneuve told Autosport.

Lewis Hamilton on track at Silverstone ahead of the 2018 British Grand Prix.

"That's what's wrong; it's racing - I don't like it when there are racing penalties, it should be for dirty driving, which is a different thing, or stupid driving".

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Arrivabene was livid as he responded on Monday.

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