Raikkonen just "messed up" in Hamilton clash, says Rosberg


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Obviously some others are more aggressive but it's about racing fair and square and having the best auto.

Lewis Hamilton has promised he will "not give up" in what he describes as the "most intense battle we've probably all had" after the disappointment of not winning his home British Grand Prix.

Championship leader Sebastian Vettel hit Hamilton's team-mate Valtteri Bottas at the first corner of the French Grand Prix, forcing both to return to the pits to fix damage and fight from the back.

Opting to keep both cars out while the Ferraris pitted, it lifted them up to first and third with Vettel emerging just behind Bottas.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff also said they did not suspect foul play from their rivals, but said he was disappointed the incidents had now happened twice given the calibre of drivers involved.

"Getting back to second is huge for us and I am happy with the drive".

"It is a lot of constructor points". In James Allison's words "do you think it is deliberate or incompetence?' So, this leaves us with a judgement".

That released Vettel into a lead he would hold comfortably to the end, while Hamilton forced his way inside Bottas at Brooklands a lap later.

Then Vettel's Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen bumped into the British driver at Turn 3, sending the Mercedes off the track and leaving him last.

Bottas held on for fourth place in the second Mercedes, crossing the line six-tenths of a second clear of Daniel Ricciardo after a close-fought final lap between the two drivers.

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

In France, Vettel was handed a five seconds penalty and On Sunday, Raikkonen took a 10-seconds penalty, but Mercedes felt these punishments were not sufficient.

"I was a bit concerned (about my neck injury) going into the race but I was fine".

Speaking on his own video blog on YouTube, Rosberg said about whether or not Raikkonen hit Hamilton on goal: "The answer is pretty simple". "It was not a straightforward race". That is how it goes.

Hartley took his place on the start line for the main race - won by Germany's Sebastian Vettel - but was unable to complete the first lap when his rebuilt Toro Rosso auto limped into the pits.

"Dead last to P2, that's an awesome effort", Mercedes told Hamilton.

"We've got to work hard as a team to try to lock out the front row and make sure we're fully ahead of these guys".

"This is the greatest race of the year and the greatest crowd, I am sorry I could not bring it home for you today. I gave everything I could, I was struggling to stand".

"With two laps to go, Gasly pushed me off track", said Perez, whose team mate Esteban Ocon finished seventh.



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