Hamilton stages dramatic comeback but Vettel wins

Vettel triumphant in the battle of Silverstone

Vettel triumphant in the battle of Silverstone

Sebastian Vettel opened a clear lead in the drivers' world championship on Sunday when he wrecked Lewis Hamilton's home-race party and claimed an impressive victory in a thrilling British Grand Prix.

In the aftermath of the British GP, Hamilton also gave his take on the issue.

Unfortunate though the start was for Hamilton, he showed his mettle and proved just how much he wants this fifth crown. Speaking after the race, Raikkonen admitted he "deserved" the penalty.

"The credit should go to him, together with Sebastian that was driving today like a lion with the pain he got on the neck".

Hamilton's charge up the field proved that he is a brilliant driver, but also highlighted the difference between the engines in F1.

"In France I lost my wing so I screwed my own race".

It was absolutely the right decision - if I had followed them into the pits I would have come out behind them on equal tyres and I would have struggled to get by them and most certainly would not have been second. "We take it on the chin and believe me, I will not give up".

Hamilton started poorly, and Vettel and Bottas looked to take advantage, while Raikkonen looked up the inside of Lewis going in to turn three the Finn collided with Hamilton as the two went wheel-to-wheel.

Hamilton had started on pole after a terrific drive saw him pip his Ferrari rivals in qualifying. "I will not give up", said Hamilton after falling eight points behind race victor Vettel. "Every bit of energy I had". I think I surprised him. "Sometimes we say dumb s*** and learn from it". Unfortunate because at Le Castellet, it was the first time we got taken out and now it is the second time we got taken out. "Sebastian was managing the tyres already again, like on the first set of the softs, you could see he was very fast at the beginning but then the tyre fell away".

Hamilton rushed back into the mix for a podium spot with the majority of runners picking a one-stop strategy until Marcus Ericsson lost control of his Sauber at Turn 1, and his fierce shunt into the tyre barrier brought out a lap 33 safety auto. Ricciardo's Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen was battling with Raikkonen but his race ended at lap 48.

"Thank you to everyone for the incredible support this weekend". It is so close, which I love, but the goal is to be ahead by the end.

Hamilton and Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen were involved in a collision early on in the race, and the Briton was less than happy during his post-race interview.

'Historically it has not been a very strong track for us.

"I think we need to improve our vehicle until the end of the year, that will be key because then you have something to fight, and if you have something to fight and something to play with, you can make things happen". "Starting with Mattia [Binotto], and together with the other guys in Maranello, he [designed] a very, very good vehicle".

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