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

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

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

"I only saw it briefly but I don't think there was any intention and I find it a bit unnecessary to even go there".

The Ferrari driver was hit with a 10-second time penalty after pitching Hamilton into a spin at the start of Sunday's British GP.

That left Hamilton down in third when Raikkonen locked up behind him and collected the Briton.

The Mercedes driver had already lost the lead to Sebastian Vettel and team-mate Valtteri Bottas also overtook him. The appearance of the safety auto on the 33rd of 52 laps, after Sauber's Marcus Ericsson crashed at Abbey, was greeted with a huge cheer from the 140,500 crowd who had already cheered Hamilton's every overtake. The Spaniard finished 2.835 seconds slower than Hamilton.

The German was 57 thousandths of a second quicker after their first laps and Hamilton knew he needed to do something special.

"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.

"My team did an fantastic job this weekend, we got so much support".

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Pressed on the penalty, he replied: "It was my mistake so that is fine and I deserved it". I will not give up.

"He spun and it was my bad, but that is how it goes sometimes", said Raikkonen. But the important thing is that we had a good Friday, everything we put on the auto seemed to work, and I felt happy with the balance of the vehicle straight away and managed to find a good rhythm from the beginning.

Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari finished third, followed by Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas, while Austrian GP victor Max Verstappen was fifth and his Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo sixth.

Elsewhere, solid drives from Fernando Alonso and Nico Hulkenberg pushed them level with Force India in the points table.

Hamilton kept Vettel in his sights but couldn't get within striking distance to try and snatch the win, while Raikkonen was just a second adrift at the line as the top three in the championship filled the podium.

Monaco's Charles Leclerc had also been on course to score for Sauber but was ordered to stop after an unsafe release from the pits while in eighth place.

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