F1 Business Diary: British Grand Prix

Vettel triumphant in the battle of Silverstone

Vettel triumphant in the battle of Silverstone

"Go be great today and be you and give zero fcks to what anybody thinks". So I was nervous I had lost part of my floor or something because the vehicle was moving for unknown reasons, but then it started to get better and better, after some tweaks to the settings.

"Every race now, it's going to be extremely important for us to try to get more points than Ferrari, and for myself, I think I'm only sixth in the drivers' standings so for sure I need to start getting those bigger points".

Allison referred to the contact, as conveyed by team boss Toto Wolff after the race, as either "deliberate or incompetent", and a livid Arrivabene said the ex-Ferrari man should be "ashamed" of his comments. The ace of Mercedes eventually recovered from the mishap and finished second in the race.

Hamilton started on pole but squandered that advantage when wheel-spin at the start saw him fall behind Vettel, who started second and Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, who also capitalised to move into second. "I will not give up, believe me, I will not give up".

Sebastian Vettel was hailed for "fighting like a lion" after overcoming the pain to win the British Grand Prix. "Interesting tactics I would say from their side, but we'll do what we can to fight them".

In a race with two late safety vehicle periods, reigning champion Hamilton went from pole position to the rear of the field before finishing second for Mercedes in a superb fightback. It was not so easy to find a way through. Sitting out most of final practice, Vettel received various treatments but, unlike in MotoGP and various other championships, F1 drivers are not allowed to be given pain killing injections to see them through the race.

Hamilton is bidding for a record sixth win at Silverstone, but his once-dominant team have arrived here under a cloud following strategy mistakes this season.

As for Mercedes' chances on Sunday, Wolff added: "We know already that it will be a tough race tomorrow, and especially so with two Ferraris starting right behind Lewis".

Hamilton, who took time out before addressing the crowd and looked drained by his exertions, later said he had no concerns and no problem with Raikkonen.

"So by the time I came out on the podium, I think he composed himself".

"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". But after yesterday's very close qualifying session, it was encouraging to see the underlying pace of the auto - and that we had better tyre usage than our competitors.

Vettel was thus able to roll home and extend his World Championship lead even if Hamilton's run to second made for some very impressive damage limitation. "Sometimes we say dumb s**t and we learn from it". Speaking after the race, Raikkonen admitted he "deserved" the penalty.

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