Ferrari accused after Hamilton crash 'It's either deliberate or incompetence'


Lewis Hamilton has been accused of "crying like a girl" and urged to take up ballet by Kimi Raikkonen's wife following his collision with the Ferrari driver at the British Grand Prix.

"Hamilton's recovery drive was as good a comeback as any he has managed but it was not the record-breaking sixth win he had been hoping for and with a Ferrari hitting a Mercedes for the second time in three races he was far from happy", says Giles Richards in The Guardian.

Hamilton was seething was the race at Silverstone and suggested that Ferrari were implementing some "interesting tactics" during a race.

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said: "You probably can't ask for anything more from a qualifying session than to have three cars within a tenth of a second at the front".

Mercedes technical director James Allison said: "Yesterday's free practice running proved an extremely accurate portent of what we saw today".

However, Raikkonen, attempting a pass on the inside of the corner, locked up and spun the four-time champion around to the back of the field.

Mercedes and Ferrari's fierce rivalry has become even more tense in recent weeks with Hamilton's clash with Raikkonen not the first contact between the teams. It was a racing incident and nothing more.

"I said you need to question whether it was incompetence or deliberate - a stupid comment of mine in the emotion", he said.

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The post was quickly deleted but Minttu later told a Hamilton fan: "Just to be clear, I was not talking about the driver but the team who was crying afterwards that someone did something on objective".

"The support I get at this track is phenomenal; it means the world to me and it really lifts me up". "Not an easy day, but I got something out of it".

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel celebrates winning the race.

He did, however, praise the stewards for "realising" what is going on and handing Raikkonen a 10-second penalty having only given Vettel a five-second punishment in France. Unfortunate because Le Castellet first time we got taken out and now it is the second time we got taken out.

"Yes, 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".

"The final move, obviously I was able to surprise him so I think he thought that I won't dare [go on] the inside and the braking zone was coming quite fast". I was last at that point, but I still believed that I could win - and I needed that mentality to make it back to where I finished.

Aside from the controversial remark, Sebastian Vettel opened up his lead in the drivers' standings to eight points with his first victory at Silverstone since 2009.