Sebastian Vettel opened up an eight-point lead at the top of the drivers' world championship yesterday when he wrecked Lewis Hamilton's home-race party and claimed an impressive victory for Ferrari in a thrilling British Grand Prix.
Ferrari driver Raikkonen was slapped with a 10-second time penalty for causing the crash, but unhappy Hamilton could not hide his frustration and swerved post-race interviews.
The Finn was handed a 10-second time penalty for the incident, while Hamilton recovered to finish ahead of Raikkonen on the podium and limit the damage to his world championship prospects.
"Every race is a team race, but today it was even more important for us to win here, because the last few years had been very hard to us", said Vettel. Sometimes we say dumb s*** and we learn from it'.
For the second race in a row, the Mercedes starting on pole position had dropped to third by the exit of the first corner and in this case it put Hamilton right in the danger zone for braking into Turn 3. Vettel and Raikkonen were brought into the pits at once, which ensured they were back on track on fresh tyres. However, Bottas began to chip away at Vettel as the Ferrari struggled with its tyres; the lead was down to 4.8sec when Vettel stopped on lap 20 with Bottas following him a lap later.
Ferrari chief Maurizio Arrivabene was livid as he responded on Monday. As it stands, the race is set to leave the historic venue after next year's edition, with the British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC) set to activate a clause allowing Silverstone to terminate its contract - which was due to run until 2026 - with the Formula One race after 2019. The incident involved Vettel and Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas.
"If it had been Bottas, it would have been five seconds, that's the thing", he stated, clearly unimpressed with the FIA's way of handling things. The Sauber driver lost the rear of his vehicle when he turned into the first corner with DRS still open and flew across the gravel and nose-first into the tyres.
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Following the French Grand Prix, a race in which Hamilton finished first, Toto Wolff expressed that he was keen on finishing the deal as soon as possible, making vague statements such as, "I expect it to be done very, very soon".
"Allison worked at Maranello for many years, but now we are here in England teaching him to be a gentleman".
'I lost almost 3kg trying to get back to the top today for you and for my team, ' he told his followers.
"The neck held up and that was a race I enjoyed a lot and I think the people enjoyed it a lot". "Obviously some others are more aggressive but it's about racing fair and square and having the best vehicle".
Hamilton's £40million-a-season contract extension, which will rubber-stamp the driver's status as Britain's best-paid sportsman, is due to be announced. It is so close, which I love, but the goal is to be ahead by the end. "There is no way I am going to be able to compete with these guys on old tyres", he said.