Hamilton explains Silverstone post-race behaviour and reveals Räikkönen apology

Ocon happy to be back among the top 10 where he belongs

It was a scintillating race in the sunny afternoon at Silverstone on Sunday and the drama did not stop even after its conclusion, with Sebastian Vettel securing victory at the British Grand Prix.

Raikkonen apologised for his first lap brush with Hamilton which earned the 38-year-old Finn a 10-second penalty. "The race was fantastic", Vettel said after claiming his fourth win of the season. A safety vehicle period then allowed the British driver to challenge for a podium spot after both Aston Martin Red Bull Racing's and Ferrari's pit for fresher rubber.

Hamilton started on pole, but his race was scuppered during the opening lap as Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen crashed in to him, sending him back to 18th within the first three corners.

Lewis Hamilton has accused Ferrari of underhand tactics after an opening-lap collision at the British Grand Prix.

Hamilton rushed back into the mix for a podium spot with the majority of runners picking a one-stop strategy until Marcus Ericsson lost control of his Sauber at Turn 1, and his fierce shunt into the tyre barrier brought out a lap 33 safety vehicle.

"Just got wheel spin and lost ground to the others and then just got a tap from behind and that was that", Hamilton said.

"It's now two races one of the Ferraris has taken out one of the Mercedes", he said.

Any race where your team wins will be declared as a great race by a team boss but when the racing is brilliant throughout the field, the action is close, and your driver still reigns supreme, it's that little bit sweeter. Don't give up, mate!

However, questions will again be asked about Mercedes' tactics after deciding not to pit to replace the tires.

Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas also played down the incident and the accusations.

"It was very, very hard with our tires, fighting against people with brand-new tires for sure".

Once released, the safety vehicle barely had time to wind its windows back up before it was required again, Carlos Sainz and Romain Grosjean squeezing eachother and ending up in the gravel at Turn 1. Bottas then let Hamilton past to challenge the German.

"But the auto is strong...it's going to be a struggle with the guys ahead".

Meanwhile, Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo finished the race in fifth on Sunday to hold onto fourth position in the championship. 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. Everybody brings updates to every race and there is never a silver bullet that provides you three tenths or four tenths, which was the difference between us and Ferrari a year ago. "I gave everything I could, I was struggling to stand".

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