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Lewis Hamilton accused of 'crying like a girl' following collision at Silverstone

11 July, 2018, 06:09 | Author: Lora Ball
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After an electrifying race at Silverstone, where Sebastian Vettel claimed a 51st career victory to extend his championship lead to eight points, Lewis Hamilton suggested that he had been deliberately targeted by Kimi Raikkonen, the German's Ferrari team-mate, in an opening-lap collision.

"I'm sorry I couldn't bring it home for you today", the four-time world champion told his fans.

"He is reflecting about how much he loves racing and what happens when he doesn't love it anymore", Wolff said. "Sometimes we say dumb shit and we learn from it".

While Hamilton produced a breath-taking lap in Saturday qualifying to put his Mercedes on pole position, Ferrari largely matched their pace around the demanding Silverstone track. The Mercedes F1 driver added that Raikkonen apologized to him and he already moved on.

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"We're in a tough battle this year", said Hamilton, who has now lost points in six of the 10 races through his or Mercedes' errors. According to the Mercedes boss, his technical director James Allison labelled the contacts at Silverstone and Paul Ricard, where Vettel hit the second Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas at the start as "either deliberate or the results of incompetence".

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. Despite regular big crowds the future of the Silverstone race is in doubt after it triggered a break clause in its contract previous year which will end its tenure as host after 2019 unless it reaches a new deal with F1.

The appearance of the safety vehicle on the 33rd of 52 laps, after Sauber's Marcus Ericsson crashed at Abbey, was greeted with a huge cheer from the 140,500 crowd who had already cheered Hamilton's every overtake.

It was nearly Formula 1 - just slower: drivers contested the British Pedal Car Grand Prix in homemade cars powered by turning feet rather than high octane fuel.

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"If it had been Bottas, it would have been five seconds, that's the thing".

"But for some reason on Sunday we didn't quite have what we expected and as soon as you get the wheelspin you lose traction and that lost him places quickly". Only 14 cars finished the race, with both Sauber cars stopping early as well as Red Bull's Max Verstappen retiring after 46 laps.

"Allison worked at Maranello for many years, but now we are here in England teaching him to be a gentleman". I am privileged to have had the chance to work with you and continue to think in that manner. Ferrari have got a little bit fortunate in the last couple of races so I hope that we get a few more positive races.

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.

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"The neck held up and that was a race I enjoyed a lot and I think the people enjoyed it a lot". "I deserve it, I took the 10 seconds and got fighting".

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