Bottas: Vettel overtake was a "matter of time"

Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes and Great Britain during previews ahead of the Formula One Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone

It was Hamilton's sixth pole at the Silverstone Circuit and his fourth of the 2018 season.

"But I mean, I want to give them a message: it's been a lovely battle, a battle that I think the audience appreciated, there will be other battles where most likely Mercedes will win, this is a lesson for us to stay classy, a thing that they haven't done".

"It looked very tight at the front on Friday and so it proved in qualifying: it needed a very good lap from Lewis to put the vehicle on pole and, save for an error in the final corners, Valtteri would have been just behind". A five-second penalty [for Vettel in France] and a 10-second penalty doesn't feel. He is now tied with Alain Prost for third place on the all-time Formula 1 wins list. The German driven now has 171 points to Hamilton's 163 points.

"[We] took a risk to be first but ended up fourth so just five laps too much".

Raikkonen received punishment for the contact: a ten-second penalty that he served in the pits on the 14th lap.

Vettel, meanwhile, had managed to run away at the head of the order, with his only real threat coming from Valtteri Bottas in the second Mercedes. Vettel pitted from the lead, but Bottas stayed out, to lead on lap 34, as did Hamilton. Vettel appeared to be struggling on the mediums and Bottas was fast catching him.

The appearance of the safety vehicle on the 33rd of 52 laps, after Sauber's Marcus Ericsson crashed, was greeted with a huge cheer from the 140,500 crowd and was just what Hamilton needed to close the gap. The opening race in Australia is also due to take place one week earlier so that the sport will not have to cram in three consecutive grands prix.

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"First of all, he should look at the telemetry and understand that his driver, unfortunately for himself, had a bad start, so having a bad start he immediately lost two positions".

"The reason Lewis didn't talk to me in the Parc Ferme is because he wanted time to go and calm down", Brundle explained to Sky Sports.

Vettel finally pounced to take the lead on lap 47.

The race therefore became a battle between the Mercedes keeping their old tyres alive and the aggressive Ferrari and Red Bull Racing cars chasing them down to seize the podium. So I was nervous I had lost part of my floor or something because the auto was moving for unknown reasons, but then it started to get better and better, after some tweaks to the settings.

The season continues next weekend with the German Grand Prix.

Sebastian Vettel opened up an eight-point lead at the top of the drivers' world championship yesterday when he wrecked Lewis Hamilton's home-race party and claimed an impressive victory for Ferrari in a thrilling British Grand Prix.

Red Bull pair Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo were fifth and sixth respectively in the provisional qualifying results. "Obviously it was disappointing at that point but then seeing lap after lap what happened what happened to me and how the grip was, nothing I could do".

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