F1: Mercedes British GP practice Verstappen brought to a halt

First-lap contact with Verstappen was fair- Raikkonen			Getty Images for Red Bull

First-lap contact with Verstappen was fair- Raikkonen Getty Images for Red Bull

But Raikkonen says the rules dictating team orders are clear at Ferrari and there was never any suggestion that he would have to give up second place at the Red Bull Ring.

"It was fantastic to win at the Red Bull Ring with so many Dutch fans here". Or would the Finn then have won his first race of the season?

"I've already booked Sunday week as my day off and I'm keeping it free as I want to be in Russian Federation that day to support England", said Hamilton, who played football at school in Stevenage with England left-back Ashley Young.

"I just think all these things are unnecessary, because sometimes.it's not that you lose your mind or you do something insane because you intend to, but you try to push the limits and sometimes you might make a mistake".

Verstappen hit the front after Mercedes kept Hamilton out on track during a virtual safety vehicle period that followed Bottas's retirement, with the other contenders pitting for fresh tyres. While it was a painful experience, it actually brought us closer. Apart from that I think we've been doing a pretty solid job but it could always be better.

Sauber's Charles Leclerc completed the top ten, despite a spin at Brooklands, while Marcus Ericsson capped a promising day of running for the Swiss team by coming 14th. Neither driver is expected to incur any starting grid penalties in Sunday's race at Silverstone as a result of the mechanical problems in Austria. "Look at how many wins I've had within this team". "It's my mistake. Do what you can", replied Mercedes strategist James Vowles. We have had far more success than failures. Of course it's been added to and they've had a great advantage over the last few years, and their only main competition has been internal between their own drivers.

"It has been an up-and-down season, I can't really explain it", Hamilton said. I don't like to put the blame somewhere else.

"Probably more like somewhere in-between, but I don't want to get into predictions. I think that Ferrari update is working pretty well round here". I think we have to be very honest with ourselves and our fans that this is going to be a journey. "After that, the vehicle came good, but we just ran out of laps".

McLaren racing director Eric Boullier has left the team this week as part of a restructure of racing management, which has seen Andrea Stella promoted to performance director to head race team operations and former Indycar driver Gil De Ferran made sporting director to oversee the performance of the team and drivers.

"I used to remember playing with Ashley at school but just watching on the edge of your seat, the passion is insane for everyone that's watching their country play".

'Taking the lead again would be good.

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