Mercedes doing 'a lot of work' on race starts

Mercedes doing 'a lot of work' on race starts

From left: Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, Ferrari Head of Customer Teams Claudio Albertini, Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen celebrate on the podium.

Prior to Sunday's race Silverstone had become something of a fortress for Mercedes, with a run of five consecutive victories dating back to Nico Rosberg's surprise victory in 2013. Raikkonen claiming third with three laps to go.

"We are leaving with the British flag to hang in Maranello", he added.

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff went even further, suggesting that the collision was either deliberate or down to "incompetence".

"This is the greatest race of the year and the greatest crowd", he said.

Emotional Hamilton lashed out and pointed an accusing finger at Ferrari's "interesting tactics" after feeling Raikkonen hit him on goal.

Ferrari brushed off the complaints, but the gloves are now off between the two teams.

Raikkonen cleared Verstappen before the Red Bull driver retired with a long-standing brake-by-wire problem then blew past Bottas for third on the outside into Brooklands using DRS.

Referring to an incident at Le Castellet last month, where Vettel hit Valtteri Bottas at the first corner, he explained: "It's two races in which a Mercedes has been taken out by a Ferrari".

Britain's reigning four-times world champion was fuming with the Finn who he snubbed as he accused Ferrari of dirty track tactics at the British Grand Prix on Sunday.

The German finished 2.264 seconds ahead of Hamilton for his fourth win of the season, denying Hamilton what would have been a fifth straight win in his home race.

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Hamilton had started on pole after a terrific drive saw him pip his Ferrari rivals in qualifying.

"While he will be incredibly frustrated not to get back to winning ways at his beloved Silverstone, he can take a lot of heart from his performance - the end result could have been a lot worse than P2".

'Historically it has not been a very strong track for us. The Sauber driver lost the rear of his vehicle when he turned into the first corner with DRS still open and flew across the gravel and nose-first into the tyres.

Hamilton was not without flaws, having thrown away his pole position with over-aggression on the start line, generating wheelspin that allowed Vettel to fly past.

"Who is incompetent? Kimi?"

Hamilton's charge up the field proved that he is a brilliant driver, but also highlighted the difference between the engines in F1. Such emotion is what makes a sport otherwise dominated by data and technical details so fascinating to watch, but when the adrenaline subsides in Brackley the blame will no doubt focus on the true cause of Hamilton's missed opportunity: his poor getaway at the start.

The Briton appeared drained by the effort, and deeply unimpressed by a first-lap collision with Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen that sent him spinning to the back.

The appearance of the safety auto on the 33rd of 52 laps, after Sauber's Marcus Ericsson crashed, was greeted with a huge cheer from the 140,500 crowd and was just what Hamilton needed to close the gap.

Out came the safety auto again.

Hamilton has made no secret of harbouring a career outside of F1.

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