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Lewis Hamilton Crashes In Brazilian GP Qualifying As Valtteri Bottas Takes Pole

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The Formula One title battle was mired on Sunday night in anger and acrimony after Mercedes refused to rule out the possibility that Ferrari had cheated their way to victory in the British Grand Prix.

After an electrifying race here at Silverstone, where Sebastian Vettel claimed a 51st career victory to extend his championship lead to eight points, Lewis Hamilton suggested that he had been deliberately targeted by Kimi Raikkonen, the German’s Ferrari team-mate, in an opening-lap collision.

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“Interesting tactics from this side,” said a visibly angry Hamilton on the podium, after staging one of his most stirring recoveries to vault from dead last to second. Referring to an incident at Le Castellet last month, where Vettel hit Valtteri Bottas at the first corner, he explained: “It’s two races in which a Mercedes has been taken out by a Ferrari. Valtteri and I have both lost out in those scenarios.”

Toto Wolff, team principal of the Silver Arrows, was no less provocative, pointedly raising the idea that there were underhand tactics at play. “In [technical director] James Allison’s words, ‘Do you think it is deliberate or incompetence?’” Wolff said. “So, this leaves us with a judgment.” Asked whether he was comfortable with what he saw in the third-corner crash, in which Raikkonen shunted Hamilton off the track despite an apparently comfortable margin between the cars on entry to the turn, Wolff replied: “I’m not comfortable at all. It’s tiresome to be taken out on the first lap.”

Niki Lauda, Mercedes’ non-executive chairman, was even pithier, as he labelled the crash “unfair” and “not funny”.


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Source : https://www.telegraph.co.uk/formula-1/2018/07/08/f1-live-british-grand-prix-2018-latest-updates/

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