Lewis Hamilton was denied a home victory at the British Grand Prix this afternoon. Racing for Mercedes, the four-time Formula One winner made the sensational claim that Ferrari team had purposefully sought to sabotage his efforts.
Referring to a crash that Hamilton was involved in almost immediately after the race in Silverstone began, the British driver did not hide away from the 'convenience' of this for his direct rival, Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel:
Interesting tactics from this side. It’s two races in which a Mercedes has been taken out by a Ferrari. Valtteri and I have both lost out in those scenarios.
Toto Wolff, team principal of Mercedes, was equally provocative in his post-race comments:
In [technical director] James Allison’s words, ‘Do you think it is deliberate or incompetence? So, this leaves us with a judgment.
Describing Kimi Raikkonen's movement toward Hamilton as "tiresome," the Finnish driver was punished by the race stewards. Impressively, Hamilton came from the back to finish second overall; although he remains 8 points shy of Vettel on the leaderboard.
To be fair to Hamilton, this view of things does accurately display the incident playing out as he said.