Vettel plays down neck concerns for British Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton

The Mercedes driver had already lost the lead to Sebastian Vettel and team-mate Valtteri Bottas also overtook him.

Asked to comment on the suggestion it was intentional, British GP victor Vettel said: "Why?" "I'm so grateful for the support". Both cars end up in the wall.

Another incident between Romain Grosjean and Carlos Sainz saw the safety auto out on the track again, and when it came in, it led to plenty of action at the front. Sainz and Grosjean are out of the race, and are being checked by the medical staff.

The German four-time champion seized the lead at the start and fought back after losing the initiative during two safety vehicle periods to register his second win at Silverstone and the 51st of his career. 15 laps to go, and Bottas is in the lead.

It had looked, however, as if Vettel was going to deny him the top slot. The Swedish driver seems to be OK, but he's out of the race.

He was whizzing round the circuit while Harry Maguire had nodded England's football team in front in Russian Federation, and Hamilton has promised to jet out to Moscow if Gareth Southgate's side reach the World Cup final next Sunday.

Out came the safety auto again.

Lap 22 - Vettel still is in the lead.

When the race resumed there were 14 laps remaining and Bottas had to go into full defensive mode against Vettel, who had shown excellent pace in the opening stint on soft tires but struggled more on the mediums. "It's all there!" Being Lewis Hamilton's race engineer can be a somewhat thankless task - today it involved some very keen cheerleading.

Unexpectedly, Ricciardo made a second stop after 31 laps, lifting Hamilton to fifth as the Australian rejoined sixth, but on softs.

Lewis Hamilton suffered the worst possible start to his British GP after being hit by Kimi Raikkonen at the start of the race and dropping down the field.

"Things happen sometimes", added teammate Raikkonen, who had taken responsibility for the clash and accepted the time penalty he was handed.

Lap 1 - Vettel is in the lead right from the get-go!

Hamilton was sent spinning and reported that his vehicle was broken but has so far continued in the race.



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