Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Ferrari says British Grand Prix was 'good for Formula 1'

Ferrari says British Grand Prix was 'good for Formula 1'

After labouring with neck pain on Saturday, Sebastian Vettel found the flawless tonic 24 hours later - matching Alain Prost's total of 51 Grand Prix victories and denying main rival Lewis Hamilton a record-setting win in his home race. This was starkly demonstrated by Daniel Ricciardo's inability to get past a floundering Valtteri Bottas late on in the race.

"He spun, my bad", said the 2007 world champion.

He was soon up to 16th and by lap nine he was eighth, but some distance from Vettel, who led Bottas by six seconds on lap 12.

Vettel in contrast was rewarded for a brilliant start in which he overtook Hamilton within metres on the opening straight.

However, the Brit fought back brilliantly to end the race in second place, in between the Ferraris on the podium.

Hamilton now falls to eight points behind championship leader Sebastian Vettel with 10 races remaining.

"Why? Things can happen", the German said.

"I wanted to win, and I had to go for it".

"The neck held up and that was a race I enjoyed a lot and I think the people enjoyed it a lot".

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As a result, the Englishman, who had started from pole position, dropped to the back of the field.

There was a definite buzz in the air that Lewis Hamilton would take a record fifth win in succession and a record sixth overall. Unfortunate because Le Castellet first time we got taken out and now it is the second time we got taken out.

"It was my mistake so that's fine, I deserve it. But I will come back fighting".

On Sunday, Hamilton drove a heroic race to finish second while Raikkonen, went on to secure the final podium place. The collision controversy aside, it was still a stunning drive in his home Grand Prix as he ploughed back through the field, and combined with a bold strategic gamble that nearly paid off, Mercedes should take heart that they were nearly able to pull off what would have been one of the most spectacular comeback wins of all time.

He lost ground by finishing fifth there, while Hamilton won, but has outscored the Brit 40-18 in the last two outings.

Thanks to a lot of massages and physiotherapy treatments, Vettel made it out for qualifying but Arrivabene said that Vettel was still suffering with pain on Sunday morning in the build up to the Grand Prix itself.

"This is the greatest race of the year and the greatest crowd, I am sorry I could not bring it home for you today", Hamilton told the crowd. "I will not give up, believe me, I will not give up", he said later.

"We've got to work hard as a team to try to lock out the front row and make sure we're fully ahead of these guys".

"It's easy to say after the last couple of races that we're suddenly doing something against them, but we've been hit pretty many times also, so that's how it goes, unfortunately".

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