Hamilton questions Ferrari 'tactics' after first-lap spin

  • Hamilton questions Ferrari 'tactics' after first-lap spin

Hamilton questions Ferrari 'tactics' after first-lap spin

Lewis Hamilton has been accused of "crying like a girl" and urged to take up ballet by Kimi Raikkonen's wife following his collision with the Ferrari driver at the British Grand Prix.

The collision on the opening lap was the second in three races in which a Ferrari had hit a Mercedes, which led to several at Mercedes to question the Italian team's tactics.

He qualified in second place and battled with Valtteri Bottas in the first stage of the race and Lewis Hamilton during the later stage of the race.

"Interesting tactics I would say from their side, but we'll do what we can to fight them".

Mercedes have expressed frustration with the Ferrari drivers' errors but, speaking on Sunday evening, Toto Wolff said he had no complaints with the way stewards were applying the rulebook. "To put it in James Allison's (Mercedes technical chief) words, this is either deliberate or incompetence".

Raikkonen then locked up, sliding into Hamilton and pitching the Mercedes into a spin.

Mercedes and Ferrari's fierce rivalry has become even more tense in recent weeks with Hamilton's clash with Raikkonen not the first contact between the teams.

"This is the greatest race of the year and this is the greatest crowd and I'm sorry I wasn't able to bring it home for you today, but thank you for your support", Hamilton said. "I couldn't see behind me but we've just to work hard to try to position ourselves better so that we are not exposed to the red cars - because who knows when that's going to happen again".

"I had to go over the limit to get that time out of the auto, which is risky", Hamilton said, still shaking a little, adding it was his "most pressurised" lap ever. "Sometimes we say dumb s*** and learn from it".

"Allison worked at Maranello for many years, but now we are here in England teaching him to be a gentleman".

"My team did an wonderful job this weekend", said Hamilton, when he was, eventually, interviewed on the podium and after the two Ferrari men had departed. "I had the advantage of the tyres, but it was not easy to find a way through".

"We have got to keep pushing", Hamilton said. "I would be surprised if there was anything else or if Kimi is that kind of driver".

Hamilton, from his record 76th pole, appeared bogged down as he responded and was instantly in a scrap for third with Raikkonen, who collided with the Briton under braking into Turn Three.

'I would struggle to be that precise to take somebody out.

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.