Is the Mercedes F1 dynasty finally starting to wobble?

Posted July 06, 2018

"No, definitely not", he said, adding that this year's was no better: "We know we have less downforce this year than last year". Meanwhile, Mercedes opted to keep Hamilton out.

Watch Red Bull's Max Verstappen as he spins off in Practice Two at the British GP. He accepted, however, that drivers should carry some of the blame for complaining in the past of inconsistencies in stewards' decisions which had led to a more rigid approach.

"Obviously, we know it was a hard weekend and of course we would have all hoped, wished that it wasn't the way it was but what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger and honestly the spirit within the team is stronger than it has ever been", continued Hamilton.

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"We'll see whether I continue with Ferrari or not".

After the race, Hamilton labelled it "the worst weekend I can remember for a long time", as his retirement followed an error by chief strategist James Vowles which had cost him the lead.

Vettel's 0.187 seconds advantage over Hamilton, with Valtteri Bottas another two tenths behind, was the first time in 2018 when a Ferrari auto had finished Friday in front. "Immediately after the race, as soon as they got the vehicle back, I think that evening there was a fix that... So the team is super on it", Hamilton said. The main reason was Mercedes' tactical blunder, which saw them staying out during the Virtual Safety Car while everyone else behind them dove in for a stop. 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.

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The Melbourne race has been held on the penultimate weekend of March for the last two years but has been moved forward, to give the event space either side of the Moomba Festival and the start of the Australia Football League season.

"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. "And the problems - we've done everything we can to make sure they don't happen again".

McLaren ended a three-year partnership with Honda in 2017 but has also under-performed with the same Renault engines that have taken Red Bull to three victories in nine races. We have had far more success than failures. I hope it is not a title decider, but I can't predict what is happening going forward.

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"It would be great to take the lead back from Seb here, but I am really grateful to be in a position to fight for a win at Silverstone for a sixth time". 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.