Hamilton questions Ferrari 'tactics' after first-lap spin

Hamilton questions Ferrari 'tactics' after first-lap spin

Hamilton questions Ferrari 'tactics' after first-lap spin

There was a handshake for his German foe but Hamilton studiously avoided Raikkonen.

Fernando Alonso was eighth for McLaren ahead of Kevin Magnussen in the Haas while Pierre Gasly finished 10th but was demoted after a five-second penalty that lifted Force India's Sergio Perez into the points.

Hamilton also explained why he did not participate in the parc ferme interviews, conducted by Martin Brundle, in which Raikkonen offered his apology. "I couldn't see behind me but we've just to work hard to try to position ourselves better so that we are not exposed to the red cars - because who knows when that's going to happen again".

"I came here to clarify, if he actually said something like that", said Arrivabene, speaking to Sky Italia about Allison, who left Ferrari in mid-2016 and joined Mercedes in 2017. If you can't understand and appreciate that then I fully understand. I didn't have much to give at that time and I needed to take a deep breath.

"All I'll say, there's now two races the Ferrari have taken out one of the Mercedes". I was last but I still believed I could win and I had to keep that mentality to get back up there.

A seething Hamilton labelled the shunt from the Finn as "interesting tactics" in a post-race jibe at Mercedes' rivals but, in a now deleted Instagram story post, Raikkonen's wife made her feelings clear on the issue.

But there was no doubting the comeback.

But the Mercedes driver struggled to hide his disappointment. A late move on Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas, after two safety cars, then confirmed his 51st career victory.

This time his team, who had messed up the strategy so badly just seven days before in Austria, got it right. A safety auto period then allowed the British driver to challenge for a podium spot after both Aston Martin Red Bull Racing's and Ferrari's pit for fresher rubber.

Vettel has emerged the clear victor from F1's first-ever triple header of races having led Hamilton by a point going into the French GP on June 24.

"I pushed absolutely 100, 1000 per cent", he added. "I'll start the wave and let them continue".

"It was hard fighting guys with fresher tyres and in a flawless world I would have had brand new tyres but it wasn't that kind of day for me". Ericsson tried to keep DRS open through the corner, only for his vehicle to spear into the barrier at high speed.

Bottas gunned the throttle at the end of the Hangar Straight on lap 37 and kept Vettel at bay, as Raikkonen and Verstappen engaged in a fierce fight that went the way of the Red Bull. Vettel is still in the championship lead, but it's still within touching distance for Hamilton.

"Here In Their Home", he said in Italian to his team over the radio. But doing the opposite was the choice we went for and at the end it brought us a P2 and P4 and I think considering how the race started, we need to accept the result as an acceptable outcome with real damage limitation.

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