Vettel overcomes neck pain, Hamilton for 51st F1 title

Silver lining Lewis Hamilton thrills a huge home crowd at the British Grand Prix

Silver lining Lewis Hamilton thrills a huge home crowd at the British Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel extended his lead in the Formula One drivers' championship but Lewis Hamilton reduced the arrears after a thrilling British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Responding to Hamilton's remarks, Vettel said: 'It's quite silly to think anything that happened was deliberate.

"Kimi said sorry and I accept it and we move on", Hamilton wrote on Instagram. "It's tiresome to be taken out on the first lap".

The Englishman clearly blamed Raikkonen, who was handed a 10-seconds penalty, for the crash and found it hard to face the Finn or accept an apology.

"The neck held up and that was a race I enjoyed a lot and I think the people enjoyed it a lot".

The appearance of the safety vehicle on the 33rd of 52 laps, after Sauber's Marcus Ericsson crashed at Abbey, was greeted with a huge cheer from the 140,500 crowd who had already cheered Hamilton's every overtake.

Vettel snatched the advantage from Lewis Hamilton at the start of the race and kept a buffer over Bottas until the Safety Car was deployed following a crash for Marcus Ericsson.

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.

When Hamilton and Mercedes' comments were put to Vettel and Raikkonen in the post-race press conference, the duo ruled out any malice. "I will not give up, believe me, I will not give up".

"Very, very happy. Thanks to the team supporting me".

A glum and terse Hamilton said immediately after the race: "Interesting tactics, I would say, from their side but we will do what we can to fight them and improve in the next race".

"As speeds in F1 continue to rise, particularly in the corners, it's imperative that safety remains at the forefront of the sport", says The Independent.

Wolff said Allison had privately questioned whether Raikkonen's mistake was "either deliberate or incompetent".

"It was my mistake". I deserve it [the penalty]. "They are what they are and there's a certain arsenal of penalties the stewards have available - a five-second penalty, a 10-second penalty or a drive-through and then they look at the precedents".

Bottas ended up fourth, ahead of Australia's Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) and Germany's Nico Hulkenberg (Renault).

Force India had a solid weekend at Silverstone, with both Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez both finishing in the top ten and collecting seven points between them.

Stewards imposed a five-second penalty after ruling that the Toro Rosso driver had caused a collision with Perez and gained a place as a effect of his actions.

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