Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Raikkonen just "messed up" in Hamilton clash, says Rosberg

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Raikkonen, who was punished with a 10-second penalty by the stewards, had been quick to admit his fault, telling Sky F1's Martin Brundle: "I locked the wheel so I ended up hitting Lewis in the rear, I oversteered, he spun, my bad.It was my mistake".

"I think we need to improve our vehicle until the end of the year, that will be key because then you have something to fight, and if you have something to fight and something to play with, you can make things happen".

"But it was just a stupid manoeuvre and a stupid manoeuvre that happened a second time in three races - that's why [I had] the emotion".

Wolff said Allison had privately questioned whether Raikkonen's mistake was "either deliberate or incompetent". Vettel will now head into his home race at Hockenheim, Germany a week on Sunday eight points clear of Hamilton.

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'I was a bit concerned going into the race but we managed to loosen it up a bit and I was fine, probably a bit of adrenaline helped.

"It was a gamble that paid off for the Briton - winning him crucial points in his title fight with Vettel and limiting the damage that could have been caused after the first lap - but failed with Bottas, who ran out of tyres and was passed by Vettel, Hamilton and Raikkonen before the end of the race". "Interesting tactics I would say but we will do what we can to fight them".

"I will feel it a little bit tonight".

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I'm very grateful that the vehicle was in one piece after the incident in Turn 3 and that I could continue the race.

Lewis Hamilton shook off a first-lap collision which left him last and drove superbly to finish second in his home Grand Prix, as Ferrari archrival Sebastian Vettel won at Silverstone here yesterday. What's more, Mercedes had taken great pleasure in dominating on Italian soil at Monza in recent years - a track where Ferrari's victory drought dates back to 2010 - and this was seen as payback.

"You would say the opposite is Monaco and in Monaco we were pretty quick and not far off pole".

"So by the time I came out on the podium, I think he composed himself. I'm great to have been able to get back to second and minimise the loss", Hamilton said.

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"At least I would struggle to be that precise in order to take someone 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".

Fernando Alonso was eighth for McLaren ahead of Kevin Magnussen in the Haas while Pierre Gasly finished 10th but was demoted after a five-second penalty that lifted Force India's Sergio Perez into the points. "In France I lost my wing so I screwed my own race", he said.

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