Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
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Hamilton stages dramatic comeback but Vettel wins

Hamilton stages dramatic comeback but Vettel wins

He now holds an eight-point advantage over Lewis Hamilton in the driver standings.

Hamilton had a slow start, which meant Vettel and Bottas were quick to overtake him. We have the telemetry data, so he found himself immediately on top of Hamilton.

Hamilton's team-mate Valtteri Bottas then led and a second safety vehicle, after Renault's Carlos Sainz and Haas' Romain Grosjean collided, kept the front four nose to tail and only fractions apart.

Two safety cars allowed Hamilton to reel in the lead and he was toe-to-toe with Vettel in the final laps.

"Sometimes we say dumb shit and we learn from it", he added.

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said: "You probably can't ask for anything more from a qualifying session than to have three cars within a tenth of a second at the front".

"There is no way I can compete with new tyres", he said. Unfortunate because at Le Castellet, it was the first time we got taken out and now it is the second time we got taken out.

But frequent treatment from Ferrari's physiotherapists, combined with strapping on his neck and extra padding in his headrest helped Vettel negotiate the 52-lap race.


The F1 world champion cut a forlorn figure after the race but he should be proud of his drive after coming from the back of the field to claim second.

Hamilton talked of "interesting tactics from that side" on the podium. But after yesterday's very close qualifying session, it was encouraging to see the underlying pace of the vehicle - and that we had better tyre usage than our competitors.

The post was quickly deleted but Minttu later told a Hamilton fan: "Just to be clear, I was not talking about the driver but the team who was crying afterwards that someone did something on goal".

Raikkonen accepted the 10-second penalty for his part in the collision with Hamilton but when the teams take to the grid in Germany on July 22, there will be plenty of engineers holding their breath as drivers tussle for position on the first few corners.

Hamilton also acknowledged the fanatical F1 supporters at Silverstone on a scorching hot afternoon. The German team lost ground on Ferrari in the constructors' championship as Christian Horner believes Ferrari now have the benchmark engine.

The appearance of the safety auto on the 33rd of 52 laps, after Sauber's Marcus Ericsson crashed, was greeted with a huge cheer from the 140,500 crowd and was just what Hamilton needed to close the gap.

'The Safety Car spiced it up, it was a nice battle with Valtteri!

"I lost almost 3kg [in body fluids] trying to get back to the top for you and my team", he said, addressing his 6.7 million followers on the social media platform.

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