Vettel wins British Grand Prix as Hamilton recovers to 2nd

Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes and Great Britain during previews ahead of the Formula One Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone

Hometown hero Lewis Hamilton secured pole position in the British Grand Prix after being ran extremely close by Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.

Polesitter Hamilton bogged down at the start, dropping him to third and putting him under pressure from Raikkonen on the approach to the Village complex.

Kimi Raikkonen was third in the second Ferrari and the other Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas fourth, ahead of Max Verstappen and his Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo. The victor was the pilot of the team Ferrari, the German Sebastian Vettel.

In France, Mercedes' management and Hamilton were among those to question why Vettel had only received the minimum penalty available to the stewards for causing a collision when Bottas sustained a puncture and dropped to the back of the field.

Vettel leads Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton by a single point after nine races.

"I was a bit concerned [about my neck injury] going into the race but I was fine".

"Interesting tactics, I would say, from their side but we will do what we can to fight them and improve in the next race", a glum and terse Hamilton said immediately after the race.

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Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff also wondered whether the incident, that sent Hamilton into a spin before he fought back to second at the finish, had been deliberate or simply a sign of incompetence. "There was 15 or 16 laps until the end with mediums that would last".

"This is the greatest race of the year and this is the greatest crowd and I'm sorry I wasn't able to bring it home for you today, but thank you for your support", Hamilton said.

This prompted the deployment of a Virtual Safety Car (VSC) after which Vettel took over on top of the times on softs, the two Mercedes men having remained in their garage at that time.

Sebastian Vettel was the one raising an index finger to express how he felt about winning at Silverstone for the second time, and maybe in defiance of the idea that Hamilton is the driver of the age. "I deserved it", he added of the penalty. "I will not give up". But I mean, I want to give them a message: "it's been a attractive battle, a battle that I think the audience appreciated, there will be other battles where most likely Mercedes will win, this is a lesson for us to stay classy, a thing that they haven't done today".

"Things can happen, but I think it's quite silly to think that anything that happened was deliberate", said Vettel, who clinched victory.

The re-start saw a short 10-lap sprint to the flag, which produced the best wheel to wheel racing of the season.

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