Lewis Hamilton: Kimi Raikkonen's wife says British driver cries like a girl

Lewis Hamilton

The takeaways from the weekend are Ferrari beat Mercedes at a track that should suit the Silver Arrows much better than the Prancing Horses, and that Hamilton will sweat blood in order to claw back the championship lead from Vettel, who now has 171 points to the Briton's 163.

The decision cost him victory, and chief strategist James Vowles apologised to Hamilton over the team radio.

Such was Lewis Hamilton's anger in the immediate aftermath of the British Grand Prix that he walked off before giving a post-race interview done in anger.

That he had lost the chance to be the first driver to win his home race five times in a row was galling enough.

What allowed Sebastian Vettel through was the pace he was forcing Bottas to drive at, with the Finn's tyres eventually falling away from him.

Hamilton also acknowledged the fanatical F1 supporters at Silverstone on a scorching hot afternoon. "I'm grateful the vehicle was in one piece and I'm grateful to get through".

"We want to be aggressive", he added. So I was nervous I had lost part of my floor or something because the vehicle was moving for unknown reasons, but then it started to get better and better, after some tweaks to the settings.

Ferrari's German driver Sebastian Vettel (R) celebrates with his winner's trophy as second-placed Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton looks on, on the podium after the British Formula One Grand Prix at the Silverstone motor racing circuit in Silverstone, central England, on July 8, 2018.

Hamilton's Mercedes was far too fast for the cars at the back of the field and the ease with which he passed them could be a cause for concern.

"It's you guys that helped me get through today".

"I think it was absolutely the right decision to do".

"It was interesting tactics, I'll say, on their side, so we'll do everything we can to fight them in the next race".

"Obviously it's a racing incident and I can't see behind me". 'We've had rough Fridays, but for a change it seems like a good Friday.

The German, who had struggled with a neck strain on Saturday, said: "I was a bit concerned going into the race but I was fine, probably a bit of adrenaline".

"I know from an insider source why Ferrari is so strong", said the former Mercedes driver.

Rosberg told Bild: "Lewis is not really a football fan".

Bottas managed to keep Ricciardo at bay to finish fourth, with Nico Hulkenberg finishing sixth for Renault after taking advantage of the messy first lap to jump five places. "On the straights it's like you are driving in a different series". Only 14 cars finished the race, with both Sauber cars stopping early as well as Red Bull's Max Verstappen retiring after 46 laps. A late move on Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas, after two safety cars, then confirmed his 51st career victory.

Silverstone has hosted the British Grand Prix continuously since 1987, having previously alternated with Brands Hatch, and prior to that, Aintree.

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