"I think it's easy to attack and have a great move, and easy to have an incident".
Raikkonen, who accepted full responsibility for the contact, was handed a 10-second time penalty and went on to classify third, while Hamilton recovered from the rear of the pack to take second, behind victor Vettel.
Hamilton made his way past Bottas on the following lap, with Raikkonen then taking his countryman for third, and that is how the leading four cars would cross the line in a frenetic ending.
Sitting out most of final practice, Vettel received various treatments but, unlike in MotoGP and various other championships, F1 drivers are not allowed to be given pain killing injections to see them through the race.
The Sauber driver emerged unscathed, but the safety vehicle was sent out.More news: Advantage Serena as Wimbledon seeds keep falling
Lap 12 - Hamilton is already sixth, as Ferrari's Vettel keeps hold of his lead so far.
In a fortnight, Formula 1 reconvenes in Hockenheim for the German Grand Prix and the home favourite will boast an eight-point advantage when the lights go out in Baden-Wurttemberg.
Reacting to the comments Sebastian Vettel told reporters: "Things can happen, but I think it's quite silly to think that anything that happened was deliberate".
"My team did an unbelievable job this weekend, we got so much support". "I deserved the penalty, but I kept fighting". I will not give up.
"For sure without the mistakes and penalty it would have been better but I tried".More news: Neymar 'needs to cut out diving' - Germany legend Lothar Matthaus
"He spun and it was my bad, but that is how it goes sometimes", said Raikkonen.
"Obviously I was pretty happy with the first run in Q3 and then we had a little bit more in sector three and bits around the track, which I think I got right on the second attempt, but I seemed to lose a little bit down the straights". That promoted Nico Hulkenberg - surprisingly one-stopping on hard tires - to take sixth place ahead of Esteban Ocon, Fernando Alonso, Kevin Magnussen and Pierre Gasly.
The Finn got a ten-second penalty for his troubles, which was roundly applauded by the rather partisan Silverstone crowd.
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.More news: Juventus Make Stunning Official Bid To Sign Cristiano Ronaldo From Real Madrid