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After losing the lead off the line, British Grand Prix polesitter Lewis Hamilton was pitched into a spin by Kimi Raikkonen at Turn 2; at the French Grand Prix two weeks ago Valtteri Bottas was hit from behind by Sebastian Vettel at the first corner.

Hamilton recovered to second, aided by Mercedes' decision not to pit him for fresh tyres under a safety auto to gain track position, but looked tense alongside Raikkonen while the top three waited to go onto the podium post-race. The polesitter had already been overtaken by Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas at the start.

Despite Hamilton making insinuations about Ferrari's "interesting tactics" on the podium after the British GP, he clarified on Monday that he accepted Raikkonen's apology.

Then Toto Wolff, team principal at Mercedes, also raised questions about their rival's strategy.

"To word it like James Allison, was it deliberate or incompetence?"

In a subsequent response to 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". Finding new and more ways to engage with the fans is massively important to me, they make the sport what it is. While Hamilton found himself up in third place.

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Emotions spilled over as Hamilton and Mercedes accused Vettel's Ferrari team of effectively cheating their way to victory. Obviously that's what we have tried over the last years and I think here and there we have succeeded quite well. When the guys in front of me pitted under the Safety Car, it was an opportunity for me to get up into third. Overall, though, we are left with the feeling of "what might have been" after one of our cars was taken out for the second time in three races on lap one.

All of which sounded like anguished moans of the vanquished to Vettel, who with victory extended his championship lead to eight points. I think I surprised him.

"We also saw that in Austria because even there, Kimi is not driving for Sebastian".

"He spun and it was my bad, but that is how it goes sometimes", said Raikkonen. He held on until lap 47, when Vettel took advantage of a slight wobble from Bottas exiting The Loop onto the Wellington Straight, and drafted him towards Brooklands before diving inside very late as Bottas failed to cover the inside line. "And in a flawless world, I would have had new tires - but it wasn't that kind of day for me", Hamilton said. A five-second penalty [for Vettel in France] and a 10-second penalty doesn't feel.

As Vettel said on Sunday, Ferrari are coming on strong against Mercedes and now able "to take their magic away and have a fight on an equal level". "Not a straightforward race", said the Finn, who said he deserved the punishment. But it is what it is and we just need to learn, understand and just try to get in control of the tyres in the best possible way.

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