British Grand Prix: Unhappy Lewis Hamilton points finger at Ferrari’s ‘interesting tactics’

British Grand Prix: Unhappy Lewis Hamilton points finger at Ferrari’s ‘interesting tactics’

It left Hamilton facing a recovery drive through the field, which he executed well to return to second position behind championship leader Sebastian Vettel.

The enormity of Hamilton's 76th pole, and 50th for Mercedes, was evident to see as he leapt from his parked vehicle and delivered a double fist-pump against the backdrop of England and Union Jack flags adorning the main grandstand.

This Hammer-time Sunday at Silverstone was, therefore, about limiting the damage, the scale of which was understood when Vettel returned to the track after his first pit stop a place ahead of Hamilton on lap 21.

Sebastian Vettel fared well in second practice ahead of the British Grand Prix (Martin Rickett/PA).

Hamilton sat second following the first Q3 runs, just 0.057s behind his German rival.

"If you can't understand and appreciate that, then I fully understand".

"I don't know all the names but you're flat-out all the way into it".

Statistically, Hamilton is F1's one-lap master - having surpassed Michael Schumacher's record in Monza previous year with a remarkable performance in the wet - but here, with the pressure of delivering in front of an expectant crowd, he claimed it may have been his best yet.

"I want to remind everyone that in China we had a situation between Vettel and Verstappen and nobody said anything, all fine".

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Everyone has been out on the streets celebrating what we've achieved and that is a great source of pride for us. He will just be hoping that all of them are fit enough for one last effort against a fearsome French side.

"I am open-minded", he said. I was shaking afterwards through the emotion and the adrenalin rush.

"However, it is also the bumpiest track I've ever experienced". But the 76th is so special.

"I didn't leave anything on the table today".

England's opening goal against Sweden filtered through as Hamilton conducted his media duties. "I gave everything I could, I was struggling to stand". If I'd followed them in I'd have finished behind them.

Vettel he admitted he feared he would miss qualifying with a neck complaint, and though he went on to earn second on the grid he confessed to still being a little anxious going into the race. "I gave it 1000 per cent and I didn't have any energy at the end", said Hamilton. Sleep will help, so I am not anxious'.

The race had shortened to an 11-lap sprint, 11 laps for Bottas to keep Vettel in his mirrors and Hamilton to keep Raikkonen, who went past Max Verstappen's fading Red Bull around Stowe, off his tail.

Fernando Alonso's McLaren team are without racing director Eric Boullier for the first time since 2014 after he was forced to resign following their miserable start to the season.

Canadian Lance Stroll lost control on his very first flying lap, spinning at Brooklands, and ending up beached in the gravel.

The second session began without Romain Grosjean, whose Haas auto had not been repaired in time following his crash in the morning.

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