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Vettel triumphant in the battle of Silverstone

"Sebastian, you are a lion!" The Dutchman's Red Bull team, who are supplied with Renault engines, struggled to cope with the power of Mercedes and Ferrari at Silverstone.

"He saw it as somebody torpedoed me off the race track". "Now we take the English flag and hang it in Maranello".

Sebastian Vettel broke British hearts with a memorable victory at Silverstone after dispatching pole-sitter and crowd favourite Lewis Hamilton.

The win was Vettel's fourth of the season, 51st of his career, and once-dominant champions Mercedes' first defeat at Silverstone since 2012 before the V6 turbo hybrid era started.

But the emotions on Sunday weren't confined to the Italian team. Team boss Toto Wolff said the incident was either "deliberate" or "incompetent". The accusations were well wide of the mark. Valtteri and I have both lost out in those situations.

Conspiracy theories bounces around the internet after every race weekend, but it's rare to see the touchpaper lit by someone in Wolff's position.

The appearance of the safety vehicle 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.

"At the third corner I locked the wheel so I ended up hitting Lewis on the rear corner".

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Raikkonen received punishment for the contact: a ten-second penalty that he served in the pits on the 14th lap. "Sometimes we say dumb shit and we learn from it". The comments directly after the race on Sunday were a clear indication of how much those 52 laps had meant to him and how painful the defeat had been.

Hamilton's Mercedes was far too fast for the cars at the back of the field and the ease with which he passed them could be a cause for concern.

"Considering how the race started, we need to accept the result as an acceptable outcome with real damage limitation".

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. Honestly at that point when we stayed out if the team would have asked me if I wanted to try and go for the win or settle for second place, for sure I would go for the win. What Silverstone offers is different from anything a new track can bring.

Allison, it should be noted, quit the top technical job at Ferrari two years ago. "We take it on the chin and believe me, I will not give up".

It is important to realise that Ferrari's success is not down to a single update, but the fact it has been able to constantly developing its vehicle throughout 2018. You get it right and you get it wrong. "I'll never give up". "I deserved the penalty, but I kept fighting".

'It's true that they are very strong around here and we expect them to be very strong tomorrow, but I hope we can be there and I hope we can be close. You live to fight another day.

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