Vettel ends Hamilton’s British Grand Prix record bid

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The "widespread criticism" of Sebastian Vettel's penalty at the French GP may have played a role in British GP stewards imposing a harsher sanction on Kimi Raikkonen's own first-lap error, says the FIA's Charlie Whiting.

LEWIS Hamilton said Ferrari used "tactics" after he was hit by Kimi Raikkonen at the British GP, while Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said the collision was either "deliberate or incompetent".

Hamilton made his way past Bottas on the following lap, with Raikkonen then taking his countryman for third, and that is how the leading four cars would cross the line in a frenetic ending.

Raikkonen was also issued with two penalty points for causing the contact. From there he followed the leading vehicle of Sebastian Vettel, unable to catch the German and remaining behind him after the first round of pit stops.

In Q2, lap records tumbled as the leaders clocked times inside Hamilton's 1:26.600 past year, Vettel leading the way until Hamilton, on softs, took over again despite a grassy excursion at Becketts. It left Hamilton facing a recovery drive through the field, which he executed well to return to second position behind championship leader Sebastian Vettel.

But spurred on by a record 140,000 race-day crowd, the home favourite drove superbly to race back to second place and said on Twitter afterwards he "used every ounce of energy fighting up the grid".

"It was my mistake, that's fine".

By the end of lap three, Hamilton was 14th.

By lap 11 Hamilton was up to sixth and right back in the hunt having swept past a succession of drivers using the superior power of his Mercedes. Funnily enough you start blaming us for doing it on objective but I locked the wheel, unfortunately we touched and we both paid the price for it and that's how it goes sometimes.

With the victory, Vettel extended his lead in the drivers championship, now eight points ahead on 171 points.

Ricciardo would opt for a two-stop strategy by pitting for Soft tyres again but that advantage would be wiped out by a big crash for Marcus Ericsson at Abbey which resulted in the first of two Safety Car appearances. "I gave everything I could, I was struggling to stand".

"When something like that happens, there's going to be speculation but to me it just looked like a racing accident", he said. "I tried. I did the best I could".

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