Vettel wins British Grand Prix as Hamilton fights back to claim second

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The Ferrari driver left it late, however, passing Mercedes' Valterri Bottas with only a handful of laps to go, the German going back to the top of the World Championship standings as Lewis Hamilton [Mercedes] was forced to work for his second place finish after a first lap clash with Kimi Raikkonen left him last on track.

That advantage could have been even greater had Hamilton not fought back to second following an early collision with Vettel's teammate Kimi Raikkonen.

"Kimi said sorry and I accept it and we move on", Hamilton wrote on Instagram.

When asked about the incident in the post-race press conference, he said: "All I'll say there's now two races the Ferraris have taken out one of the Mercedes. Sometimes we say dumb s*** and learn from it".

Reigning Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton will start the 2018 British Grand Prix from pole position at Silverstone.

Later, after removing the post, and when addressing a fan who defended Hamilton, she added: "Just to be clear, I was not talking about the driver but the team who was crying afterwards that someone did something on objective".

The most recent of which took place in Austria when the Mercedes' pit wall, led by chief strategist James Vowles, failed to react to a Virtual Safety Car period, which resulted in Hamilton dropping from first to fourth. Ferrari team boss Maurizio Arrivabene told his driver. "I'm great to have been able to get back to second and minimise the loss", Hamilton said.

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Though the post was soon deleted, Minttu then told a fan who had defended Hamilton's blast: "Just to be clear, I was not talking about the driver but the team who was crying afterwards that someone did something on objective".

Finland's Raikkonen, who was handed a 10-second penalty before finishing third, admitted he had made a mistake, while Vettel said it is "quite silly" to think there was anything deliberate.

The cryptic message, suspected to be indirectly referring to Hamilton, reads: "If you cry like a girl when you lose, do ballet". And his Ferrari team, probably irked by Mercedes' claims of foul play, could not resist a sly dig at the Silver Arrows after yesterday's race. I am privileged to have had the chance to work with you and continue to think in that manner. Sometimes they want to teach us how to be gentlemen. "A thing that they (Mercedes) haven't done". "We take it on the chin and believe me, I will not give up. It's a very important race for Formula One".

Hamilton added: "We're in a tough battle this year". "I locked the inside wheel a bit, couldn't slow down as much as I wanted, then we obviously touched and he spun".

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's true that they are very strong around here and we expect them to be very strong tomorrow, but I hope we can be there and I hope we can be close.

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