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Hamilton snatches pole position from Vettel for British GP

Hamilton snatches pole position from Vettel for British GP

"I think it's easy to attack and have a great move, and easy to have an incident".

Raikkonen, who was hit with a 10-second penalty for causing the clash Hamilton, finished third after also passing fourth-place Bottas in the closing stages.

The Briton appeared drained by the effort, and deeply unimpressed by a first-lap collision with Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen that sent him spinning to the back.

Despite Hamilton's drive back to second from last, Ferrari's double podium means it has opened up the lead in both championships.

Hamilton rushed back into the mix for a podium spot with the majority of runners picking a one-stop strategy until Marcus Ericsson lost control of his Sauber at Turn 1, and his fierce shunt into the tyre barrier brought out a lap 33 safety auto.

Lap 12 - Hamilton is already sixth, as Ferrari's Vettel keeps hold of his lead so far.

Raikkonen finally went past Verstappen and managed to make it stick, while Vettel was pushing Bottas hard for first place with Hamilton lurking behind in third ready to take advantage of any mistakes.

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". I will not give up.

"Our team did an incredible job this weekend, we have so much support and so much pressure for us all", he said.

On what pleased him the most about Silverstone, the German said: "The history behind it, the track being really fast, and the fans".

"A five-second penalty and a 10-second penalty doesn't feel... Obviously, that naturally just adds a little bit more pressure", he said.

Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari finished third, followed by Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas, while Austrian GP victor Max Verstappen was fifth and his Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo sixth.

Pressed on the penalty, he replied: "It was my mistake so that is fine and I deserved it". Daniel Ricciardo came home fifth for Red Bull ahead of Nico Hulkenberg of Renault, Esteban Ocon of Force India, Fernando Alonso of McLaren and Kevin Magnussen of Haas. Dutch 20-year-old Max Verstappen, victor in Austria last weekend, retired with a brake problem while running in fifth place.