Raikkonen apologised & I accept it: Lewis

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He had earlier told Sky Sports F1 that Mercedes technical director James Allison had asked "do you think it is deliberate or incompetence?" during the race.

The German defeated second-placed Hamilton on Sunday to win the British GP in front of a partisan crowd and extended his lead in the Formula One championship standings to eight points after 10 of 21 races.

The incident also prompted a stunning charge from Hamilton, who roared back from last place to finish second and minimise the damage to his title prospects.

Vettel secured victory at Silverstone after overtaking Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas in a thrilling finale to the race, but was struggling with a neck strain throughout the weekend, nearly missing qualifying altogether.

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. It's the most intense battle I think we've probably all had.

"We got so much support", he went on, adding in a waspish swipe at Ferrari: "Interesting tactics, I would say, from their side, but we'll do what we can to fight them".

However, even though he finished exactly where he likely would have finished had Raikkonen not spun him out on the first lap of the race around the 18-turn, 3.661-mile (5.891-kilometer) Silverstone Circuit in Silverstone (part Northamptonshire and part Buckinghamshire), England, United Kingdom, Hamilton was none too pleased with the Maranello-based organization.

"I will feel it a little bit tonight". With 11 laps remaining, the race started once more.

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While Lewis Hamilton backtracked on his criticism of Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen on Monday, the Italian team's chief Maurizio Arrivabene launched a scathing attack on the Mercedes team.

Unexpectedly, Ricciardo made a second stop after 31 laps, lifting Hamilton to fifth as the Australian rejoined sixth, but on softs.

Sebastian Vettel won an action-packed British Grand Prix at Silverstone as Lewis Hamilton, looking to become the first man to win the race six times, recovered from a first-lap collision to finish second. "Sometimes we say dumb s*** and learn from it".

"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".

"First of all I think it was absolutely the right decision to do, " Wolff said.

"This is the greatest crowd in the world, and I'm sorry I wasn't able to bring it home for them".

"Very, very happy. Thanks to the team supporting me".

Stewards imposed a five-second penalty after ruling that the Toro Rosso driver had caused a collision with Perez and gained a place as a effect of his actions. "I am in a good place and, furthermore, I am glad I did what I did on Sunday".

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