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Mercedes questions Ferrari’s ‘tactics’, Kimi/Lewis clash ‘deliberate or incompetence’

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Mercedes F1 team boss Toto Wolff has questioned Ferrari’s racing strategies during the British Grand Prix as ‘deliberate or incompetence’

First lap of French Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel hits the pole-sitter Valtteri Bottas in the first corner, its resulted major damage for Bottas its cost his podium finish.

Today at Silverstone Kimi Raikkonen hits the pole sitter Lewis Hamilton and Brit sent to the rear end, following the race Mercedes boss Toto Wolff question whether it is “deliberate or incompetence” on the part of the Ferrari drivers.

Silverstone stewards’ decision has been released and, as the 10s penalty handed to Kimi.

’10 second time penalty. (2 penalty points awarded, 5 points in total for the 12 month period)

‘The Stewards reviewed video evidence. Car 44 clearly left significant room on the inside of Turn 3. Car 7 locked up his right front tyre, understeered and caused a collision with Car 44.’

Falling to the rear end, the world champion strongly fought his way back to second, entertaining his home fans with a thrilling gamble with the Ferrari duo in the final laps of the race.

“The team did an amazing job this weekend,” Hamilton said, “and we’ve got so much support. There’s so much pressure obviously for us all.

“Interesting tactics, I would say, from their side” he added, “but we’ll do what we can to fight them and improve in the next races.”

Wolff ‘comfortable’ with what happened in the Kimi/Lewis incident:

“A racing incident, unfortunate, because at Le Castellet the first time we got taken out and now it is the second time we got taken out,” Wolff told Sky Sports F1.

“It is a lot of constructors’ points…. James Allison’s words were do you think it was deliberate or incompetence. This is where it leaves us with the judgement.

“We had this difficult weekend, qualifying on pole and P4 and then get taken out on lap one so you start on the backfoot immediately but it is just unfortunate.”

“It was an amazing recovery from Lewis as he was dead last and ended P2 which was the maximum damage limitation we could achieve. It was a fantastic drive from him.”

Raikkonen accepts he was to blame for the first-lap collision with Hamilton.

“He spun, it was my bad but that is how it goes sometimes. It was not a straightforward race. It was my mistake so that was fine.”

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