Hamilton stages dramatic comeback but Vettel wins

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Hamilton is now in his final year with Mercedes, and after months of negotiations, we may soon see him close the deal.

Sebastian Vettel in the post-qualifying press conference at the 2018 British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

"Ferrari, Red Bull and Mercedes are in a different league to the other teams, their speed so superior that Formula 1 is a two-tier championship", says Rebecca Clancy in The Times.

The win was Vettel's fourth of the season, 51st of his career, and once-dominant champions Mercedes' first defeat at Silverstone since 2012 before the V6 turbo hybrid era started.

"I'm happy first of all for the team", the Italian told Channel 4. After the race, Hamilton walked away from the interviews conducted in parc ferme and went straight to the cool-down room. "The neck held up and that was a race I enjoyed a lot and I think the people enjoyed a lot".

"The British Grand Prix is one of the four races that featured in the first year of the world championship back in 1950, and we want it to stay there for the long term, as this is one of the true homes of motorsport".

He clearly felt Ferrari had gained from an opening lap crash, in the same way they had when Vettel collided with Hamilton's Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas on the opening lap of the French Grand Prix two weeks ago. MC Martin Brundle suggested Hamilton wanted to give himself a few minutes to calm down before addressing the vast crowd, but the five-times British Grand Prix victor says it was because he had fought so hard to recover from last place he could barely stand. A five-second penalty [for Vettel in France] and a 10-second penalty doesn't feel.

Hamilton, 33, said on his Instagram account: "Thank you for loving me for being with all my flaws".

"But, I mean. I want to give them a message - it's been a attractive battle, a battle that I think the audience appreciated".

"They decided that it's Lewis, we're in the United Kingdom, he's fighting for the championship, that's worth 10 seconds", he said regarding the penalty dished out to Raikkonen for clashing with the Mercedes driver.

Just a week after a major update helped Mercedes take a step forward in Austria, Ferrari's own developments appeared to make the difference at Silverstone. After drawing level on the run out of Turn 2 he locked his front right wheel while trying to complete the move into Turn 3 and, as he applied full steering lock to the right on cold tyres, understeered into the rear of Hamilton. He started badly from pole position and had been passed by both Vettel and Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas before the coming together with Raikkonen.

"It was my mistake".

"At least I would struggle to be that precise in order to take someone out".

"I deserved it but kept fighting".

Daniel Ricciardo came home fifth for Red Bull ahead of Nico Hulkenberg of Renault, Esteban Ocon of Force India, Fernando Alonso of McLaren and Kevin Magnussen of Haas.

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