Vettel fastest in second British GP practice

Vettel fastest in second British GP practice

Asked to comment on the suggestion it was intentional, British GP victor Vettel said: "Why? I'm grateful the vehicle was in one piece and I'm grateful to get through". Both cars end up in the wall. The appearance of the safety auto on the 33rd of 52 laps, after Sauber's Marcus Ericsson crashed at Abbey, was greeted with a huge cheer from the 140,500 crowd who had already cheered Hamilton's every overtake.

After the Sauber wreckage was cleared, the race resumed only for Romain Grosjean to collide with Carlos Sainz at the high-speed Copse corner.

The safety auto was then deployed for a big crash, which ended Marcus Ericsson's race.

Hamilton could not close the gap to Vettel in the final laps and had to settle for second place, but he must feel relieved to have secured a spot on the podium after such a hard start.

It had looked, however, as if Vettel was going to deny him the top slot.

Now it seems the biggest challenge will come from the Ferrari drivers.

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.

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The Swede was unhurt and climbed out to applause from the crowd as a Safety Car was deployed.

Lap 22 - Vettel still is in the lead. He went on to make reference to Vettel taking out Valtteri Bottas on the first lap of the French Grand Prix two weeks ago, but stopped short of saying Raikkonen defnitely hit him on objective at Silverstone.

It was not to be for Lewis Hamilton. He's now 22.118 second away from second-placed Valtteri Bottas, but he gets closer. He described it as an "unforgettable day for English sport", and it might yet get better, as Hamilton searches for a record-breaking sixth win at Silverstone.

Kimi Raikkonen crashed into Lewis Hamilton causing the race leader to go from pole to dead last.

"A five-second penalty and a 10-second penalty doesn't feel..."

Bottas did well to hold off Daniel Ricciardo for fourth as the Finn's tires dropped off dramatically, while Verstappen retired in the closing stages with gearbox issues. Lewis Hamilton is heard saying his vehicle is "broken".

Monaco's Charles Leclerc had also been on course to score for Sauber but was ordered to stop after an unsafe release from the pits while in eighth place.

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