Lewis Hamilton accuses Ferrari of dirty tricks

Lewis Hamilton wins the British Grand Prix in 2017

Lewis Hamilton wins the British Grand Prix in 2017

Despite this speed over their rivals, Mercedes currently sit twenty points behind Ferrari in the Constructors' standings, with Lewis Hamilton now eight points behind Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel in the Drivers' Championship.

"The accident was unfair basically, because it's the second time a Ferrari hits us in the first corner, and it's not amusing".

Hamilton, who started in pole position after setting an electrifying track record to beat Vettel in qualifying, was going for a fifth straight victory in his home race and his sixth overall to beat the record of five he shares with Jim Clark and Prost.

"Interesting tactics, I would say, from the other side", he said on the podium.

Opting to keep both cars out while the Ferraris pitted, it lifted them up to first and third with Vettel emerging just behind Bottas.

The appearance of the safety auto on the 33rd of 52 laps, after Sauber's Marcus Ericsson crashed at Abbey, was greeted with a huge cheer from the 140,500 crowd who had already cheered Hamilton's every overtake.

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff also wondered whether the incident, that sent Hamilton into a spin before he fought back to second at the finish, had been deliberate or simply a sign of incompetence.

That early crossover creates the potential for undercut strategies, whereby the driver behind pits earlier than the vehicle in front in the hope of setting quicker lap times than his rival when in clear air and on fresh rubber.

Lauda also pointed out the steward's inconsistencies when it came to punishing such incidents, whilst believing that Hamilton would have turned out victorious if Raikkonen hadn't forced him off the track. "And in a flawless world, I would have had new tires - but it wasn't that kind of day for me", Hamilton said. Vettel finally pounced to take the lead on lap 47. It was my mistake so that was fine.

The safety vehicle was out again after Romain Grosjean and Carlos Sainz collided. Frenchman Esteban Ocon finished seventh for Force India, who are now level on points with McLaren and ahead on podiums. Two years later, Silverstone held the first F1 world championship race, again dominated by Italian cars with Giuseppe Farina winning in an Alfa Romeo.

"This is the best grand prix we have had all year, look at the crowd".

"It's the home race of Mercedes [and Hamilton], so you have to be quite strong", he continued. "I will not give up".

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