Hamilton started on pole but squandered that advantage when wheel-spin at the start saw him fall behind Vettel, who started second and Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, who also capitalised to move into second. "If their tussle has been largely civil so far this season, the ill will brewing between F1's two most dominant teams suggests that battles in the 11 races to come could be anything but". "Sometimes we say dumb s*** and learn from it".
The takeaways from the weekend are Ferrari beat Mercedes at a track that should suit the Silver Arrows much better than the Prancing Horses, and that Hamilton will sweat blood in order to claw back the championship lead from Vettel, who now has 171 points to the Briton's 163.
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While Vettel, Raikkonen and Max Verstappen headed into the pits under the safety vehicle for soft tyres, Mercedes made a decision to keep both drivers out on track.
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Emotions spilled over as Hamilton and Mercedes accused Vettel's Ferrari team of effectively cheating their way to victory.
On Sunday, Mercedes team chief Toto Wolff said: "In James Allison's words 'do you think it is deliberate or incompetence?' so this leaves us with a judgement". Ferrari team boss Maurizio Arrivabene told his driver.
Wolff said that improving the starts were more important than getting worked up about race strategies.
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The incident also prompted a stunning charge from Hamilton, who roared back from last place to finish second and minimise the damage to his title prospects. The Sauber driver lost the rear of his auto when he turned into the first corner with DRS still open and flew across the gravel and nose-first into the tyres.
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"We're here in England sometimes they want to teach us how to be gentlemen, he should start first". Bringing people closer to the sport is one thing, but asking them to help develop their sport is the next step. "If in two years we still feel the same about each other, then it would be clear that we will continue". "It was a racing incident and nothing more".
"But I mean, I want to give them a message: it's been a handsome battle, a battle that I think the audience appreciated, there will be other battles where most likely Mercedes will win, this is a lesson for us to stay classy, a thing that they haven't done".
"I would have loved for us to build a gap in Austria, Montreal and Silverstone because we lose some in Hungary and we lose some in Singapore", he added.
Both spun and rejoined, Hamilton after running off track. "In France I lost my wing so I screwed my own race", he said.
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We've seen what they're like, how they play and we will take that in over the next couple of days. Standing in their way are Sweden, who saw off Switzerland earlier on Tuesday.