Lewis Hamilton promises no let up in 'intense' F1 2018

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Lewis Hamilton has been accused of "crying like a girl" and urged to "take up ballet" by Kimi Raikkonen's wife following his collision with the Ferrari driver at the British Grand Prix.

Both Ferrari drivers rubbished the comments, with Vettel claiming it was "silly" to make the suggestion.

Although the only win for Mercedes in the past five races has come at Paul Ricard, Wolff is not dwelling on the missed opportunities at tracks they have been traditionally strong at.

"We got so much support", he went on, adding in a waspish swipe at Ferrari: "Interesting tactics, I would say, from their side, but we'll do what we can to fight them".

"In [technical director] James Allison's words, 'do you think it is deliberate or incompetence?'".

"It is a lot of constructor points". Coming from a long way back, he pointed his Ferrari down the inside of the corner, barging past Bottas to seize the lead of the race with five laps to go.

But the Mercedes driver struggled to hide his disappointment.

Hamilton's body language as he kept away from Raikkonen in the pre-podium room and during the champagne spraying told its own story.

Hamilton had surged back with a display of overtaking pace the watching Lord Coe, would have been proud of in his athletics heyday to take second place behind Sebastian Vettel in the other Ferrari.

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Such were the problems Bottas was having on his tyres, Hamilton soon took second and Raikkonen third, all the while being untroubled by two scrapping Red Bulls in their rear view mirrors.

Hamilton was on pole on Sunday and made a poor start before his brush with Raikkonen who apologised and accepted the blame.

"I had to go over the limit to get that time out of the vehicle, which is unsafe", Hamilton said, still shaking a little, adding it was his "most pressurised" lap ever.

Meanwhile, Hamilton who missed a chance of a sixth straight victory in his home race sent a message to his fans.

"It was my mistake, so that's fine".

"For me it feels like one of the best laps that I have been able to produce", the 33-year-old told reporters later.

The Finn put up a stern defence for several laps but he was unable to prevent Vettel from overtaking, and later lost positions to teammate Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen. "But we will look at it now and try to fight and score as many points as possible".

'The team did an fantastic job this weekend, and we had so much support but also so much pressure, ' he said. "Last time we said it was going to be a boring race, and it was a very entertaining race, so let's see". "Go be great today and be you and give zero fcks to what anybody thinks".