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Ferrari accused after Hamilton crash 'It's either deliberate or incompetence'

10 July 2018

Lewis Hamilton says he was "dumb" to imply that Kimi Raikkonen might have deliberately collided with him at the start of the British Grand Prix. His Mercedes team gambled by refusing to change the Englishman's tyres when the safety auto was first employed, allowing the four-time world champion to partially recover the situation.

Unexpectedly, Ricciardo made a second stop after 31 laps, lifting Hamilton to fifth as the Australian rejoined sixth, but on softs. The ace of Mercedes eventually recovered from the mishap and finished second in the race.

Lewis Hamilton celebrates pole position in qualifying for the 2018 British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Fans took to social media to slam the Briton's words and felt that he was exaggerating, while completing disregarding the fact that Raikkonen did get a penalty for the incident.

"The credit should go to him, together with Sebastian that was driving today like a lion with the pain he got on the neck".

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Hamilton also acknowledged the fanatical F1 supporters at Silverstone on a scorching hot afternoon.

Hamilton explained his decision to go straight to the podium cool-down room after the race, rather than stay in parc ferme for the top-three interviews, was because "I didn't have much to give at that time and needed to take a deep breath".

"The support I get at this track is phenomenal; it means the world to me and it really lifts me up". It's absolutely right that they push for Hamilton.

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

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According to the Mercedes boss, his technical director James Allison labelled the contacts at Silverstone and Paul Ricard, where Vettel hit the second Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas at the start as "either deliberate or the results of incompetence". Bottas then let Hamilton past to challenge the German. "In France I lost my wing so I screwed my own race", he said.

"I will feel it a little bit tonight".

"The final move, obviously I was able to surprise him so I think he thought that I won't dare [go on] the inside and the braking zone was coming quite fast". "Le Castellet (French GP) was the first time we got taken out and this is the second". But after yesterday's very close qualifying session, it was encouraging to see the underlying pace of the auto - and that we had better tyre usage than our competitors.

"It is going to be a long and hot race, a tough battle, but I'm looking forward to it". Both Ferrari and Red Bull drivers took advantage of the safety auto to stop for fresh tyres, but Mercedes left both of their cars out.

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Mercedes will be using a very attacking strategy this afternoon for the British Grand Prix according to team principal, Toto Wolff.

Ferrari accused after Hamilton crash 'It's either deliberate or incompetence'