Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Lewis Hamilton accuses Ferrari of dirty tricks

Lewis Hamilton accuses Ferrari of dirty tricks

A few laps later, Bottas slid wide after relinquishing P3 to Kimi Raikkonen, paving the way for a podium finish for both Ferrari cars.

Bottas started third on the grid, but was nearly immediately promoted to second thanks to a poor start by team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

Hamilton started in pole position but Vettel streaked ahead and his Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen compounded Hamilton's misfortune when he bumped into him, sending the British driver off the track and leaving him last.

Hamilton, who took time out before addressing the crowd and looked drained by his exertions, later said he had no concerns and no problem with Raikkonen.

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The decisive moment was with Raikkonen would come as the Finn locked his brakes into Village and tagged the Mercedes, spinning Lewis around and dropping him down the field. The victor was the pilot of the team Ferrari, the German Sebastian Vettel.

Vettel, Verstappen and Raikkonen would all take advantage to stop again but the Mercedes' would stay out giving Bottas the lead with Hamilton upto third.

The world champion, who trails Vettel by a point in the drivers' championship, increased his record total of career poles to 76 with a dazzling record lap under pressure in the closing seconds.

Then the race took another unexpected twist when Swede Marcus Ericsson crashed out at 200mph. "I guess I wanted to give a boost to England", he said. "I'm great to have been able to get back to second and minimise the loss", Hamilton said.

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In a thrilling race with two safety auto periods, reigning champion Hamilton went from pole position to the rear of the field before finishing second for Mercedes in a superb fightback.

Then when Sauber's Marcus Ericsson skidded off with 19 laps left, Hamilton was handed another lifeline with a safety auto. "There was 15 or 16 laps until the end with mediums that would last".

Vettel has emerged the clear victor from F1's first-ever triple header of races having led Hamilton by a point going into the French GP on June 24. I'm really really happy, ' the German said. "I deserved it", he added of the penalty.

With 11 races to go this season, it heats up the title race even more as we approach the German GP in two weeks' time.

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Vettel entered the race one point ahead of Hamilton in the drivers' championship standings. I gave everything I could, and I was struggling to stand. 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".

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