Vettel ends Hamilton’s British Grand Prix record bid

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Hours after Lewis Hamilton suggested her husband had deliberately driven into him during the British Grand Prix, Minttu Raikkonen took a swipe at people who "cry like a girl" when they lose.

Bottas was unable to fend off Vettel for the win and later lost positions to Hamilton and Raikkonen as his tyres degraded.

Hamilton started his Mercedes badly from pole position and was hit by the other Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen as he tried to cling on to third.

In both cases, the penalty did not seem sufficient to satisfy Mercedes, or their drivers, after their races were wrecked by rivals' mistakes. The victor was the pilot of the team Ferrari, the German Sebastian Vettel.

Vettel pitted but Mercedes kept Hamilton out, assuring him he was "the fastest guy by miles" with everything to play for on tyres that would last the distance. The Finn went from possible race win to fourth place.

The stewards would investigate the Lap 1 incident and gave the 2007 world champion a 10-second penalty which he took during his first pit-stop.

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".

Although Hamilton dropped to 18th, he put in a storming drive to finish the grand prix in second place.

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Toro Rosso driver Pierre Gasly was the only one of the dropzone contenders to find time on his second run, declaring himself happy he got the maximum out of the vehicle. "There was 15 or 16 laps until the end with mediums that would last".

"All I'd say is that it's now two races that the Ferraris have taken out one of the Mercedes, and a five-second penalty and a 10-second penalty doesn't appear to feel.", he hesitated.

He had brought it down to 2.4s when Marcus Ericsson lost the rear of his vehicle when he turned into the first corner with DRS still open and flew across the gravel and nose-first into the tyres.

"The fans have been incredible this weekend and I'm grateful for the England football team at least doing great this weekend and keeping it positive", said Hamilton.

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.

"I think my car's broken", Hamilton said on the team radio.

"[In the race] it wasn't necessary, I had a good feeling and the race was no problem". "I gave everything I could, I was struggling to stand".

"The speed is less than in quali because you have more fuel and we're a bit slower so it's going to be ok", said the German.

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