Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Bottas: Vettel overtake was a "matter of time"

Bottas: Vettel overtake was a

Englishman Allison, Mercedes' technical chief, left Ferrari in 2016 before joining the Silver Arrows.

Meanwhile, Hamilton who missed a chance of a sixth straight victory in his home race sent a message to his fans. "Now we take the English flag and hang it in Maranello". Silverstone is a track where Mercedes have dominated in recent years - Hamilton headed into yesterday's grand prix with four consecutive British wins - but Ferrari held the upper hand over their rivals.

Vettel now leads the title race with 171 points, eight ahead of Hamilton on 163 while Raikkonen is third on 116.

But the emotions on Sunday weren't confined to the Italian team. The accusations were well wide of the mark.

"I think it was about five laps before the end, it was like driving on ice, I started to lose all grip, especially from the rear end".

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

Conspiracy theories bounces around the internet after every race weekend, but it's rare to see the touchpaper lit by someone in Wolff's position.

Raikkonen was at fault for the coming together and the stewards concurred as they slapped the Ferrari driver with a 10-second penalty.

By Monday morning Hamilton had retracted his "interesting tactics" allegations - admitting on Instagram that "we all say dumb s--" - and accepted Raikkonen's apology. Hamilton stopped for new tyres after 25 laps and dropped back to sixth.

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Later, he also admitted that he deserved some of the criticism that came his way. The Mercedes F1 driver added that Raikkonen apologized to him and he already moved on.

The Sauber driver emerged unscathed, but the safety vehicle was sent out.

"He finished second after a crappy start, so he should be happy with that, because he wasn't going to win this race".

But despite finding himself at the back of the field Hamilton roared back into contention, helped by a safety auto and some bold tactics from Mercedes, and held on to finish second, although he was clearly still furious after the race. Ferrari have got a little bit fortunate in the last couple of races so I hope that we get a few more positive races. The thinner rubber was introduced to prevent blistering on the newly-resurfaced circuits of Barcelona, Paul Ricard and Silverstone and, as luck would have it for Mercedes, suited the W09 more than the SF71H.

"It's a small advantage at this time but Ferrari has done a good job". "Obviously, in practice I didn't do any long runs with the mediums but from our calculations we should have been okay, but it wasn't".

'I lost almost 3kg trying to get back to the top today for you and for my team, ' he told his followers.

It is important to realise that Ferrari's success is not down to a single update, but the fact it has been able to constantly developing its auto throughout 2018. "Only if you are able to admit as a leader that you got it wrong then you can actually remedy the fault in the future. I will not give up".

"At least I would struggle to be that precise in order to take someone out".

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