Silverstone proves a pain in the neck for Vettel

Silverstone Arena Circuit

The polesitter had already been overtaken by Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas at the start.

Hamilton fought his way back from last place to finish second after Vettel's team-mate Kimi Raikkonen collided with his Mercedes on the opening lap.

The Finn locked up as the pair entered Village, sending the Mercedes into a spin and dropping Hamilton to last in the field.

Raikkonen received a 10-second penalty for the incident and said he accepted that it was his fault.

After an hour's action, with the teams going into "long run" mode, Vettel remained fastest one-tenth clear of the two Mercedes of Hamilton and Bottas.

The Silverstone result saw Vettel open up an eight point lead over Hamilton.

Raikkonen holds third position in the championship, 55 points behind Vettel.

But spurred on by a record 140,000 race-day crowd, the home favourite drove superbly to race back to second place and said on Twitter afterwards he "used every ounce of energy fighting up the grid".

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"So, I didn't have much to give at that time and needed to take a deep breath". I could have easily taken second place today, but we made a decision to go for it. Hamilton finished second and surrendered more ground to the German in what is turning out to be an epic and see-sawing title fight.

By the end of lap three, Hamilton was 14th.

Hamilton and Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff were visibly frustrated after the race and went as far questioning whether the crash was a deliberate Ferrari tactic or simply incpompetence.

The Finn was unable to keep Vettel at bay as the four-time champ used his fresher tyres to sweep into the lead but Hamilton also overtook Bottas easily to take the chequered flag just a couple of seconds behind. Funnily enough you start blaming us for doing it on objective but I locked the wheel, unfortunately we touched and we both paid the price for it and that's how it goes sometimes.

He had brought it down to 2.4s when Marcus Ericsson 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. "I will not give up". "My view, I did the best that I could, but there seems to be opposite looks of what I'm doing unfortunately".

"I can't really comment as I don't know the thought process that went on there, but I do know there was widespread criticism of the leniency of the penalty given in France".

"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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