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"The accident was unfair basically, because it's the second time a Ferrari hits us in the first corner, and it's not amusing".

The accident followed a first-lap collision at the French Grand Prix, when the other Ferrari, driven by Vettel, drove into the other Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas.

The Silver Arrows boss also points to the team's messages to their drivers at Silverstone as proof that there isn't always an obviously better choice to make when faced with different strategic options.

"But, I mean. I want to give them a message - it's been a attractive battle, a battle that I think the audience appreciated". We could have saved the soft in Q2 but I don't think it would have made a big outcome because we wouldn't have pitted. Wishing not to stunt Bottas' charge, Mercedes gave Hamilton the call to allow his teammate through before eventually pitting the Briton at the end of Lap 25, also fitting Mediums to try and get to the end of the race. So fine with that. "So I think it was 100 per cent the right decision, particularly on my vehicle".

The safety car's second appearance lasted three laps, setting up an 11-lap sprint at the end. "I find it a bit unnecessary to even go there".

But he surged back into contention and thanks to the safety auto being deployed on two occasions late on in the race surged into second place.

Vettel, who increased his narrow lead in the driver standings, responded by dismissing the talk as "quite silly". "Maybe we would have had the chance and maybe not".

"We want to be aggressive". Räikkönen apologised for the incident after the race, with Vettel clearing the air saying no tactics are happening at Ferrari.

"This is the greatest race of the year and this is the greatest crowd so I'm sorry I could not bring it home for you". It is just a constant learning of the tyre which is the single most important denominator of performance.

"Things happen sometimes. Funnily enough you start blaming us for doing it on objective but I locked the wheel, unfortunately we touched and we both paid the price for it and that's how it goes sometimes".

"We got so much support", he went on, adding in a waspish swipe at Ferrari: "Interesting tactics, I would say, from their side, but we'll do what we can to fight them".

"The first lap was pretty good, and then I saw that I'd dropped to second".

"Yes I would have loved for us to build a gap in Austria, Montreal and Silverstone because we lose some in Hungary and we lose some in Singapore". "We live to fight another day".

The four-time world champion, Britain's most successful driver of all time, is chasing a record sixth home win on Sunday to become the first driver to win five in a row at the circuit that hosted the first championship race in 1950.