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Sebastian Vettel won an action-packed British Grand Prix at Silverstone as Lewis Hamilton, looking to become the first man to win the race six times, recovered from a first-lap collision to finish second.

Vettel, Verstappen and Raikkonen all stopped for fresh soft-compound rubber, but Bottas and Hamilton had no new soft tyres left, so the team left both drivers out to pick up track position, promoting the former into the lead and the latter to third place, sandwiching Vettel in second.

"The British Grand Prix is one of the four races that featured in the first year of the world championship back in 1950, and we want it to stay there for the long term, as this is one of the true homes of motorsport".

As Arrivabene raged at Mercedes' ungentlemanly behaviour and post-race suggestions of deliberate underhand tactics, Hamilton said Sunday's collision was "a racing incident and nothing more". "Sometimes we talk nonsense and we learn from this".

Jacques Villeneuve believes Kimi Raikkonen received a more severe penalty in the British Grand Prix because he collided with Lewis Hamilton on home soil. The Mercedes F1 driver added that Raikkonen apologized to him and he already moved on.

"Really, really pleased with the result" remarked race victor Vettel, "especially here, a track that we've struggled at in the past, it was nice to see that we were strong all weekend and able to fight for the win, obviously we got the lead back in the end, it felt very satisfying".

His team boss Toto Wolff went further, borrowing from a conversation with technical chief James Allison, who had asked whether he thought it was "deliberate or incompetence". The Dutchman's Red Bull team, who are supplied with Renault engines, struggled to cope with the power of Mercedes and Ferrari at Silverstone.

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Wolff said that improving the starts were more important than getting worked up about race strategies.

It is the second time in three races that a Mercedes vehicle has been hit by a Ferrari at the start of the race, with Vettel running into Valtteri Bottas at the French GP.

The Sauber driver emerged unscathed, but the safety vehicle was sent out. "You have to be elegant and know how to lose".

'I lost almost 3kg trying to get back to the top today for you and for my team, ' he told his followers. "A thing that they (Mercedes) haven't done".

"But I mean, I want to give them a message: it's been a attractive 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 locked the inside wheel a bit, couldn't slow down as much as I wanted, then we obviously touched and he spun". I was closing on Sebastian and we had an advantage at the end of the first stint.

Always at his best when riled, Hamilton scythed his way through the pack with demonic intensity.

"I was a bit concerned [about my neck injury] going into the race but I was fine".