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Lewis Hamilton: 'Insane' Silverstone as bumpy as the Nordschleife

06 July 2018

Hamilton's Finnish teammate Valtteri Bottas, with a new engine in his auto after last weekend's mechanical retirement in Austria, was second and third fastest respectively in the two sessions.

The Austrian penalty was imposed despite both Vettel and Sainz progressing to the final phase of qualifying without any difficulty.

"There's a very small lap time gain in having it open just through Turn 1", Hartley said. Before being sidelined by a fuel pressure problem, he had already dropped from first to fourth when Mercedes failed to bring him in for an immediate pitstop after the virtual safety auto had been deployed. Apart from that it's fantastic but jeez, they need to hire someone better, because I don't know how you could make such a bad job in layering the track. We think that both failures were confined to the items which failed and they are both things which can be replaced without breaking into the sealed areas of the auto which attract sporting penalties. "I think I've said as well in the past that it's our own drivers' fault, because we sit there on Friday afternoon [in the driver briefing], complaining about the decisions and the consistency".

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The race hopes to improve on its 2018 four-day crowd of 295,000 next year.

A record sixth British Grand Prix victory this weekend would see Hamilton regain the championship lead from Sebastian Vettel, with the Ferrari man leading by a point after nine races.

"Team orders will play a role sooner or later, and that's fine with me too, but that time has not come yet", Raikkonen said at Silverstone. The speeds we're going now, the g-forces we're pulling through Copse, through Maggots and Becketts - you're flat-out, going all the way into Maggots. The next race will be held at Silverstone on July 8, 2018. So, while it was a painful experience, it actually brought us closer. "For us, I'm sure we can still fight on performance". Chief strategist James Vowles made a public apology to Hamilton over the radio during last Sunday's race. 'I hope it will be like that for the rest of the year. There's obviously talk of the historic number of wins but I'm grateful just to be fighting for a sixth win at Silverstone, I'm very privileged. I don't like to put the blame somewhere else. "I think everyone needs to recognise that".

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Fernando Alonso also had a big wobble as his McLaren ran wide but he managed to recover.

"So they have never been in a position - or the management of the team has never been in a position - where they have had to go head to head through an entire season, and of course the closer you get towards the end of the year the more the pressure builds".

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Lewis Hamilton: 'Insane' Silverstone as bumpy as the Nordschleife