We've fixed problems with auto, says Lewis Hamilton

We've fixed problems with auto, says Lewis Hamilton

We've fixed problems with auto, says Lewis Hamilton

Sebastian Vettel set the fastest time of the second practice session for the British Grand Prix as Max Verstappen crashed out early on.

The Austrian penalty was imposed despite both Vettel and Sainz progressing to the final phase of qualifying without any difficulty.

"We try to do their magic, that's what we've tried in the last years", said Vettel.

"It has been an up-and-down season, I can't really explain it", Hamilton said. "I think immediately after the race and as soon as they got the vehicle back that evening there was a fix that was designed and put into test mode so the team are super on it and confident that we've done everything we can to made sure it doesn't happen again". But Raikkonen says the rules dictating team orders are clear at Ferrari and there was never any suggestion that he would have to give up second place at the Red Bull Ring.

After the race, Hamilton labelled it "the worst weekend I can remember for a long time", as his retirement followed an error by chief strategist James Vowles which had cost him the lead.

"These experiences that we have been having and how we've been handling them have really united us more than any year".

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Vettel leads Hamilton by one point after nine of 21 races thanks to the Briton's misfortune in Austria.

I said to the team "I'm not going to talk on the radio because people I'm taking something or just take the mic, you know?". The next race will be held at Silverstone on July 8, 2018. If we make sure we do things correctly and deliver 100 percent I believe we'll outperform the others.

Immediately, both Ferrari and Red Bull responded with double pit-stops for their drivers while Mercedes left Hamilton out - a tactical oversight that was to prove costly. It was going to take some time to contend for titles, he conceded, saying: "I think we are years away". "I'm very grateful to be in a position to be able to fight for (the record) here at Silverstone, for the sixth time". I don't like to put the blame somewhere else.

Fernando Alonso also had a big wobble as his McLaren ran wide but he managed to recover. "It might not be a race victory for Mercedes - I think that Ferrari update is working pretty well round here" - Anthony Davidson.

And on the battle with Ferrari, Hamilton admitted: "It's going to be very, very close this weekend, the Ferraris are really fast".

"I was on the Soft and the Medium tyres today; the Soft felt better than the Medium, and they seem to last - which is impressive if you look at the forces and loads they have to take on this track".

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