Sebastian Vettel spoils Lewis Hamilton's Silverstone party


The reigning world champion missed out on victory at the British Grand Prix as title-rival Sebastian Vettel instead claimed the glory.

Raikkonen was issued a 10-second penalty for the incident.

Lewis Hamilton is second, Kimi Raikkonen finishes third.

At the right-hander which followed, Hamilton held the edge over Kimi Raikkonen in the other Ferrari, but the Finn locked up and pitched the No.44 vehicle into a spin.

"You're a lion", the elated team told him over the radio at the checkered flag as they celebrated Ferrari's first win in Britain since 2011.

"The safety vehicle spiced it up", said Vettel, wearing supporting tapes on his stiff neck.

"I only saw it briefly on the monitor, I don't think there was any intention and I find it a bit unnecessary to even go there".

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After the trophy presentation, Sky Sports pundit Martin Brundle finally caught up with Hamilton, who took a swipe at Raikkonen's driving. "It was my mistake", he said. I didn't have much to give at that time and I needed to take a deep breath. His team-mate Bottas, on older tyres, led the closing laps, but was unable to resist the challengers.

Both spun and rejoined, Hamilton after running off track. And on the podium, there was no spraying of champagne with the Finn who had come home third despite being handed a 10-second penalty for the first lap incident. Vettel pitted from the lead, but Bottas stayed out, to lead on lap 34, as did Hamilton. He was 19th and last, Brendon Hartley having failed to start in his Toro Rosso. Hamilton stayed close in third, hoping for a chance.

Lap 37 - The race is back on after the safety auto goes back in.

"Things can happen, but I think it's quite silly to think that anything that happened was deliberate", he said.

In a final flurry, Hamilton passed Bottas for second and Raikkonen beat his compatriot to the final podium place.

The Swede was unhurt and climbed out to applause from the crowd as a Safety Car was deployed. "You're the fastest out there by miles", he said.

Toto Wolff explains: "You could see that with the lead Red Bull vehicle in Austria, Max [Verstappen] was managing his pace and had no problems with the tyres, and Daniel [Ricciardo] - the same auto - attacking and trying to make it past Kimi [Raikkonen] had heavy blistering on an identical auto".