Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Nico Rosberg: Kimi-Lewis crash was '100 percent' not on objective

Nico Rosberg: Kimi-Lewis crash was '100 percent' not on objective

"To put it in James Allison's (Mercedes technical chief) words, this is either deliberate or incompetence". Kimi made a mistake.

With the victory, Vettel extended his lead in the drivers championship, now eight points ahead on 171 points.

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said: "You probably can't ask for anything more from a qualifying session than to have three cars within a tenth of a second at the front".

It is understood that Hamilton, 33, would be interested in ending his career with the Scuderia, and it is not beyond the realms that he might swap seats with his rival, whom he trails by one point ahead of his home race, for one final hurrah.

Hamilton goes into tomorrow's British Grand Prix on point behind championship leader Sebastian Vettel.

"We have got another 11 races to go and it already feels like the longest season of my life, but this race encourages me that I still have the fight in my heart".

"I'm going to see my guys tonight and tell them to keep pushing so that we're as good as we can get tomorrow".

Hamilton was spun round at the first corner by Vettel's Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, but turned in a masterful display, and took advantage of two safety vehicle periods to finish behind Vettel.

Hamilton was seething was the race at Silverstone and suggested that Ferrari were implementing some "interesting tactics" during a race.

Vettel snatched the advantage from Lewis Hamilton at the start of the race and kept a buffer over Bottas until the Safety Car was deployed following a crash for Marcus Ericsson. "It was a racing incident and nothing more".

Hamilton was spun around by the Ferrari driver at Turn 3 at Silverstone, which dropped him to 18th and necessitated a charge through the order to finish second.

Unfortunate though the start was for Hamilton, he showed his mettle and proved just how much he wants this fifth crown. "Sometimes we say dumb s*** and learn from it".

Hamilton said that his immediate post-race remarks were down to the exhaustion he felt after such a demanding race.

"I think there is consistency on the penalties", said Mercedes' team principal. Valtteri and I have both lost out in those situations. "I am sorry I could not bring it home for you today".

But the race was dominated by a third-corner collision between Hamilton and Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen that sent the Brit to the back of the field and led to accusations of skulduggery after the chequered flag.

"Very, very happy. Thanks to the team supporting me. I deserve it, I took the 10 seconds and got fighting". "They are what they are and there's a certain arsenal of penalties the stewards have available - a five-second penalty, a 10-second penalty or a drive-through and then they look at the precedents".

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