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Hamilton could stay in F1 for five more years - Wolff

Ahead of today's sole practice session the air temperature is 22 degrees C while the track temperature is 39 degrees. It remains sunny and very warm Ahead of today's sole practice session the air temperature is 22 degrees C while the track temperature is 39 degrees. It remains sunny and very warm
Domingo Copeland | 11 July, 2018, 06:08

Hamilton hit out at Ferrari's dirty track tactics after he charged back to second place but did not shake hands with Raikkonen following the race at Silverstone on Sunday.

"Kimi said sorry and I accept it and we move on", Hamilton wrote on Instagram.

"He is reflecting about how much he loves racing and what happens when he doesn't love it anymore", Wolff said. "Sometimes we say dumb s*** and learn from it".

The 2016 world champion thinks that his old teammate Lewis Hamilton is having a tough time fending off Sebastian Vettel's title assault mainly because of horse power.

Vettel and Raikkonen pitted but Mercedes kept their drivers out, assuring Hamilton that he was "the fastest guy by miles" with everything to play for on tyres that would last the distance.

"Really, really pleased with the result" remarked race victor Vettel, "especially here, a track that we've struggled at in the past, it was nice to see that we were strong all weekend and able to fight for the win, obviously we got the lead back in the end, it felt very satisfying".

But Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene offered a scathing assessment of the Mercedes reaction.

"He saw it as somebody torpedoed me off the race track". But aided by a brace of Safety Cars and some breathless laps around the 5.8km Silverstone track, he brilliantly climbed to second by the chequered flag to stem the points loss to main rival and eventual victor Sebastian Vettel.

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The race had 15 laps left to run when it resumed on lap 37, but Romain Grosjean and Carlos Sainz crashed into each other one lap later, triggering a second safety vehicle that absorbed another precious three laps for the Mercedes drivers.

"But for some reason on Sunday we didn't quite have what we expected and as soon as you get the wheelspin you lose traction and that lost him places quickly". Both Ferrari and Red Bull drivers took advantage of the safety auto to stop for fresh tyres, but Mercedes left both of their cars out.

Bottas said: "I'm disappointed - our pace was good today and it was all going well for me, but I lost it in the last two corners".

"Allison worked at Maranello for many years, but now we are here in England teaching him to be a gentleman. A thing that they haven't done".

This was a race that, on paper, had Hamilton's name written all over it and should have sent the Briton back to the top of the standings.

"Obviously it's a racing incident and I can't see behind me".

Hamilton's £40million-a-season contract extension, which will rubber-stamp the driver's status as Britain's best-paid sportsman, is due to be announced. "I don't think there was an intention and l think it's unnecessary to even go there".

The way in which the break clause was announced and subsequent briefings did not go down well with Formula One's new owners Liberty Media, who have taken a very different approach to Ecclestone's. I was closing on Sebastian and we had an advantage at the end of the first stint.

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