Nico Rosberg: Kimi-Lewis crash was '100 percent' not on goal

Nico Rosberg: Kimi-Lewis crash was '100 percent' not on goal

The win helped Vettel increase his championship lead over Lewis Hamilton, who recovered from an opening-lap collision with Kimi Raikkonen to finish second.

Second place, after a first lap collision and spin, was great damage limitation and a fine drive by Hamilton, but Mercedes have been letting too many bankable points slip through their fingers.

He was whizzing round the circuit while Harry Maguire had nodded England's football team in front in Russian Federation, and Hamilton has promised to jet out to Moscow if Gareth Southgate's side reach the World Cup final next Sunday.

Hamilton may have gone back on the comments made in the heat of the moment on Sunday, but there's no doubt that this title fight between himself and Vettel, as well as between Mercedes and Ferrari, is starting to well and truly come to the boil. Hamilton refused to rule out the notion that Raikkonen had crashed into him on goal. For Mercedes, a defeat on home turf just two weeks after a double retirement in Austria - both races where the team had expected to win - was hard to take. So, did Raikkonen really do it on objective?

"The answer is pretty simple".

"He spun and it was my bad, but that is how it goes sometimes", said Raikkonen. The safety car's second appearance lasted three laps, setting up an 11-lap sprint at the end. Is this just another sign that the sport's once-dominant team are cracking under the pressure?

Vettel had already assumed the lead of the race, after jumping Hamilton at the start, and went on to build a commanding gap over Bottas in the first stint.

The incident propelled Hamilton's contest with Vettel into the next dimension.

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Hamilton used his Instagram account post-race to address his absence from the immediate interviews before the podium ceremony.

But Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene offered a scathing assessment of the Mercedes reaction.

Red Bull will switch to Honda power next year, and the move seemingly can not come soon enough for Max Verstappen.

Hamilton expressed doubt about competing against Ferrari's new tires but was told over team radio: "Lewis, you are the fastest auto by miles".

Raikkonen cleared Verstappen before the Red Bull driver retired with a long-standing brake-by-wire problem then blew past Bottas for third on the outside into Brooklands using DRS. It's different when you're in the lead and can control the pace.

After the British GP, the Mercedes driver struggled to hide his disappointment. As it stands, the race is set to leave the historic venue after next year's edition, with the British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC) set to activate a clause allowing Silverstone to terminate its contract - which was due to run until 2026 - with the Formula One race after 2019.

Having said that, one can understand why Mercedes felt aggrieved at being hit by a Ferrari for the second time in three races. "Now we take the English flag and hang it in Maranello". What Silverstone offers is different from anything a new track can bring.

Ferrari enjoyed an extremely successful British Grand Prix.