Sebastian Vettel shrugs off neck pain to 'fight like a lion'

KEVIN EASONJuly 8 2018 12:01am The Sunday Times Silverstone unwilling to pay price for staging F1’s greatest showpiece Kevin Eason

But the race was dominated by a third-corner collision between Hamilton and Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen that sent the Brit to the back of the field and led to accusations of skulduggery after the chequered flag.

"All I'll say is there's now two races the Ferraris have taken out one of the Mercedes", he said, referring to Vettel's crash with Bottas at the French Grand Prix. "It was a racing incident and nothing more", Hamilton posted on Instagram.

Mercedes themselves have also clarified on social media that there was "no accusation" from the team, posting on Twitter: "Nobody is seriously suggesting it was deliberate".

By turn three Kimi Raikkonen was lining up the Briton to take advantage of his tardy getaway, but the Finn locked his front-left wheel and smacked into the side of the Mercedes, knocking it off the road and sending Hamilton tumbling down the order. "Admitted it and apologized to Lewis". A five-second penalty [for Vettel in France] and a 10-second penalty doesn't feel... Hamilton sliced past him on the next lap to steal second and Raikkonen relieved him of third on lap 49.

Sebastian Vettel says he had to "surprise" Valtteri Bottas in their fight for the lead, after prevailing en route to victory at Formula 1's British Grand Prix.

It is understood that Hamilton, 33, would be interested in ending his career with the Scuderia, and it is not beyond the realms that he might swap seats with his rival, whom he trails by one point ahead of his home race, for one final hurrah.

"It was really hurting yesterday, this morning he got a lot of treatment and to be honest before the race I was really very concerned about him".

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"I knew that the fans were right there with me; every time I go out I see them cheering", said the Mercedes driver.

But Wolff added: "I am open-minded. I find it a bit unnecessary to even go there".

If I can't get you the best new vehicle price, better than you can get yourself from a auto dealer, we won't charge you any fee. I tried everything to not give up the lead, but there was nothing I could do at that point to defend against the others on the fresher tyres.

When asked if the team planned to split strategies, Wolff said: "We will be going full attack tomorrow".

"Obviously we're in a tough battle this year and it's the most intense battle that I think we've probably all had but I'm very, very grateful that the vehicle was still in one piece after the first turn three incident". I could have easily taken second place today, but we chose to go for it. The opening race in Australia is also due to take place one week earlier so that the sport will not have to cram in three consecutive grands prix.

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